GEVEVA, N.Y. – Franklin & Marshall's run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, falling by a narrow 2-0 score to Middlebury on the campus of William Smith.
The loss brought the No. 5 Diplomats' season to an end at 17-4, while the third ranked Panthers (17-2) advanced to tomorrow's regional final against No. 6 William Smith.
Middlebury got on the board early in the first half when Bridget Instrum dribbled down the right side of the field and tapped a pass out from to Annie Lenord, who recorded her 21st of the season in the 11th minute to make it a 1-0 contest.
The score held up through the remainder of the first. Maria Guarisco had a scoring chance in the 23rd minute but was unable to find the back of the cage as the Panthers' goalkeeper held on for the save. In the second, Middlebury tacked onto its lead in the 38th, redirecting a shot off the goalkeeper's pads and in for the 2-0 advanatge.
F&M sent a pair of shots on cage late, forcing another Middlebury save, but was unable to cut into the deficit en route to the two-goal defeat. Ilianna Santangelo (13-3) was charged with the loss, despite three saves in 63 minutes of play. Emily Miller (16-2) earned the win after stopping both attempts she faced.
Shots were led by Middlebury at 7-3, including a 5-1 edge in the first. Corners also belonged to the Panthers at 7-3. Mary Kate Olson paced F&M's attacked with two shots, while Grace Jennings led Middlebury with three.