LANCASTER, Pa. – Darby Klopp's 51st-minute tally propelled Franklin & Marshall's No. 8 ranked field team to a 1-0 shutout over Haverford on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey competition.
The Diplomats earned their third straight shutout and remained unbeaten on the year at 8-0, 3-0 CC while the Fords fell to 6-3, 0-2 CC.
The early minutes of the first half saw both team's offenses threaten to get on the scoreboard. Christina Seery turned back a wide-open Haverford look in the circle with a diving stop in the sixth minute.
F&M immediately responded with a scoring opportunity in transition as Lily Mynott broke behind the Fords' backline and nearly caught the Haverford goalkeeper out of position but a Haverford defender was there for the backup save.
Despite a dominant 17-1 lead in shots and an 8-0 shutout in penalty corners through the opening minutes, each team entered the halftime break knotted at 0-0.
In the second half, Erin Coverdale found space on the right side of the field in the 34th minute and tried to slide an attempt into the back of the page, but her attempt was stopped with a diving save by Haverford.
In the 51st minute, the Diplomats finally broke through to take the 1-0 edge. Klopp came away with a turnover at the top of the Haverford circle and fired a shot into the lower-right corner of the cage.
F&M's offense kept their foot on the gas pedal throughout the remainder of the fourth quarter and didn't allow Haverford to threaten.
The overall shot count heavily favored the Diplomats by a 26-1 margin, as well as penalty corners at 12-1.
Coverdale led the offense with eight shots, followed by Mynott with six and Klopp with four.
Goalkeeper Christina Seery (6-0) cruised to her sixth shutout of the season with one save through 60 minutes of action.
F&M returns to non-conference play on Wednesday, traveling to No. 13 Messiah for a key matchup at 7:00 p.m.