GLASSBORO, N.J. – Franklin & Marshall's No. 11 field hockey team fell by a 2-0 tally to No. 9 Rochester in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The Diplomats ended the year with a 17-4 overall record and their fifth-straight Sweet 16 appearance. The Yellowjackets continue to tomorrow's Elite 8 game against Rowan with a 19-2 record.
F&M got its best scoring opportunity of the first half, firing off three shots in under two minutes after Lily Mynott was able to break through in the 19th minute. Erin Coverdale notched back-to-back shots in the 26th minute, but Rochester's goalkeeper was able to come up with the stops.
The Yellowjackets broke through in the 33rd minute after being awarded a penalty corner. Nancy Bansbach was able to collect the loose ball off a blocked shot and to score the go-ahead goal going into the break.
The Diplomats looked to even the score in the 56th minute, after Emily Nagle placed the penalty corner insert into the hands of Abby Straub who fired a shot that the 'keeper was able to make a move on.
Bansbach tallied her second goal of the game in the 65th minute, collecting a loose ball in front of the cage to extend the deficit to two.
F&M led in both shots (11-9) and penalty corners (9-8) with Mynott pacing the offense with five shots, followed Coverdale with four.
Ilianna Santangelo (17-4) took the loss despite a four-save effort while Kate Kujawa (19-2) delivered an eight-save game.