LANCASTER, Pa. – Clare Wirth tallied a pair of goals and Maria Guarisco inched closer to the program's all-time points record as the No. 4 Franklin & Marshall field hockey team ended the 2015 regular season in style with a 5-1 downing of Centennial Conference (CC) opponent Dickinson on Saturday at Tylus Field.
The Diplomats improved to 15-2, 10-0 CC with the win while the Red Devils fell to 11-6, 6-4 CC with the defeat.
F&M celebrated senior day before the game, honoring its eight-member class of Audrey Buckman, Lauren Eastman, Maria Guarisco, Mary Kate Meedzan, Tamara Mills, Mary Kate Olson, Tess Reinhold and Clare Wirth.
Seven minutes in, Guarisco lined up for a shot just inside the top right of the circle and sent an attempt that was corralled by Wirth underneath, who put it into the back of the cage for the 1-0 advantage.
Guarisco's helper was the 30th of her career, joining only 10 others in the history of the conference to reach that milestone and one of only two Diplomats, including program leader Eileen O'Reilly '10 with 35.
F&M's leading scorer was in on another goal just three minutes later, sending a shot toward cage that smacked off the pads of the Red Devil's goalkeeper. A scrum ensued in front, eventually leading to a short Sydney Cole pass over to Buckman who notched her seventh of the season.
In the second, Wirth lit the scoreboard again with an unassisted marker just a minute in, making it a 3-0 game, before a reverse goal from Guarisco in the 50th minute put the Diplomats ahead by four. With the goal and assist on the afternoon, Guarisco now has 124 points in her career, placing the senior forward just three shy of the program record held by Brittany Croll '05.
A solo goal from Cole in the 54th wrapped up the scoring for F&M. Dickinson found the back of the cage for its first tally of the contest in the 57th minute, however, it was too little too late as the Diplomats rolled to the four-goal win.
Goalkeeper Ilianna Santangelo (11-1) turned back one shot in 61 minutes of action for the win, before being relieved by Ashley Gubernick for the final eight minutes of play. Emily Fuss (8-5) was charged with the loss for Dickinson despite 10 saves in the effort.
The shot count was dominated by F&M at 26-5, while penalty corners were also in the home team's favor at 10-4. Guarisco led the attack with seven shots, followed by four from Buckman.
CC Playoffs open next Saturday at Tylus Field with the Diplomats facing off against the winner of Wednesday's first round competition of No. 4 Muhlenberg and No. 5 Dickinson. Check back with GoDiplomats.com on Monday for updated information and next weekend's game times.