LANCASTER, Pa. – An opening-minute goal proved to be enough for No. 6 Franklin & Marshall's stifling defense in a 3-0 blanking of Haverford on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action at Tylus Field.
The shutout was the Diplomats' seventh of the season and third in a row to improve to 10-2, 6-0 CC on the year, while the Fords fell to 7-4, 3-2 CC.
F&M came out firing and got on the scoreboard first just 55 seconds into the opening half of play. Maria Guarisco found Bridget Falcone at the top of the circle, following a penalty corner, who sent a strike into the back of the cage for the early 1-0 advantage.
Despite holding a 6-1 advantage in shots and a 5-1 edge in penalty corners following the first 35 minutes of action, the Diplomats went into the half holding on to a narrow one-goal lead.
After the break, F&M continued to control the possession and put pressure on Haverford's defense, sending a slew of shots on cage in the opening minutes of the stanza. In the 45th minute, the Diplomats capitalized once again, taking a 2-0 lead off another penalty corner, with Guarisco picking up her second helper following a feed to Lauren Eastman. The score was Eastman's second of the year.
Tamara Mills put the game away for good in the 61st minute, sending in a putback attempt off an initial save from the Fords' goalkeeper. Anne Horsley applied the initial pressure, recording a shot on goal that deflected off the 'keeper and back out to Mills.
Ilianna Santangelo improved to 6-1 with the fourth shutout of her freshman campaign, stopping the only shot she faced on the day. Haverford's Abby Frerotte (0-1) was charged with the loss after allowing three goals and turning back six attempts.
Eastman tallied four of the F&M's 15 shots on the game, followed by Guarisco and Falcone with three each. The Diplomats held a 13-3 edge in corners for the contest, including an 8-2 advantage in the second half.
F&M returns to non-conference competition on Wednesday when Eastern heads to Tylus for a 7:00 p.m. showdown.