LANCASTER, Pa. – Melanie Consiglio and Sarah Powell both registered a pair of goals to lead the No. 7 Franklin & Marshall field hockey team's potent offensive attack in a 7-2 bashing of McDaniel on Wednesday evening at Tylus Field.
The Centennial Conference (CC) victory brought the Diplomats to 7-2, 3-0 CC on the year, while the Green Terror fell to 6-3, 1-2 CC.
Despite the lopsided final score, it was McDaniel who took the early lead, going ahead 1-0 off a deflection in the middle of the circle just seven minutes into action. Consiglio followed with two straight for F&M, first collecting a Sydney Cole attempt and sliding a low shot on cage in the 19th minute, and following with a deflection in front off a Maria Guarisco cross in the 21st.
Ahead by a 2-1 score nearing the end of the first, goals from Powell (29th minute) and Guarisco (32nd minute) sent the Diplomats into the break with a comfortable 4-1 cushion.
F&M padded the score in the 43rd minute of the second stanza, when Cole collected a loose ball out in front, which originally hit off a McDaniel defender in the center of the circle, and found the back of the cage for her third of the season. Audrey Buckman continued the barrage of scoring under a minute later with a backhand attempt off a feed from Guarisco, making the score 6-1.
The Green Terror got on the scoreboard again in the 56th minute off a deflection from five yards out, however Powell finished up the scoring for the Diplomats with a reverse shot in the circle that was assisted by Rebecca Lucci in the 68th minute.
Goalkeeper Ilianna Santangelo (3-1) earned the win after picking up two saves, while McDaniel's Christina Gooding (6-3) was charged the loss, allowing seven goals and stopping five shots.
Overall, the shot count was in favor of F&M by a dominant 22-7 margin, as well as penalty corners at 12-3. Guarisco led the way with five shots to go along with her one score and two assists, while Powell and Consiglio both notched four shots.
CC competition continues for the Diplomats on Saturday when F&M celebrates Homecoming by welcoming Bryn Mawr to Lancaster for a noon contest.