Diplomats Down Bears in CC Semifinals

Diplomats Down Bears in CC Semifinals

Box Score

BALTIMORE, Md. – Franklin & Marshall's No. 13 field hockey team delivered a decisive 3-1 victory over Ursinus in the Centennial Conference (CC) Semifinals on Friday afternoon. The last time the Diplomats beat the Bears twice in one season came in 2012. 

F&M improved to 14-3, 9-1 CC while Ursinus finished the season 10-8, 8-2 CC.

The Diplomats will face Johns Hopkins on Sunday in Baltimore at 11:00 a.m. to compete for the CC Championship, a title they have not won since 2012.

Emily Nagle got things going quickly for F&M, scoring within the first two minutes of play off a pass from Sarah Schannauer to give the Diplomats the 1-0 lead early on. 

Ursinus evened the contest just five minutes later when Erin McIlhenny gathered the ball off a defensive save from Schannauer to find the back of the cage.

Less than a minute later, Lily Mynott charged down the left side of the field and hit a short shot past the goalie to give the Diplomats the 2-1 lead. 

Play remained even for the remainder of the first half. Shots were tied at 7-7 going into the break while Ursinus dominated in penalty corners 10-4. 

The Bears earned a penalty corner in the opening minutes of the second frame, but a save from Ilianna Santagelo kept the F&M lead. 

Schannauer cemented the score, tallying a goal in the 53rd minute off an insert from Nagle after F&M was awarded a penalty corner to bring the score to 3-1.

F&M held the slight edge in both shots and penalty corners overall, 17-14 and 16-14, respectively. Santaneglo recorded three saves on the day.

Schannauer's two defensive saves tied her for first in the program record with 16 career defensive saves. She shares the spot with Steph McDonald '13.