ST. DAVIDS, Pa. – Ilianna Santangelo became Franklin & Marshall field hockey's career wins leader with 51 wins after No. 5 field hockey's 7-0 blanking of Eastern on Wednesday afternoon.
The Diplomats improved to 5-0, tying the Centennial Conference (CC) record for consecutive shutouts, while the Eagles dropped to 1-4.
Santangelo (5-0) notched four saves as part of the win to break the record previously held by Lauren Cianciulli '82, while Eastern's Marley Redfield (1-4) turned away five shots during the loss.
Less than a minute later, Gula gathered the ball in the middle of the field and knocked her second goal of the day from just inside the circle to give F&M the 2-0 edge. Caitlin Morrissey tallied the third goal of the game after a penalty stroke in the 24th minute.
F&M kept the pressure on in the second half with Katie O'Loughlin scoring an unassisted goal in the first three minutes of the frame. Coverdale tallied her first goal of the game off a penalty corner pass from O'Loughlin to extend the deficit to five in the 44th minute.
Coverdale found the back of the cage again in the 50th minute, picking up the rebound off a shot from Sydney Wieczkowski. Lily Mynott notched the final goal of the day, tipping in a pass from Michaela Nicholas in the 61st minute.
F&M dominated the shot count 36-16 and held a 9-4 advantage in penalty corners.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday, beginning CC play against Muhlenberg at 1:00 p.m.