LANCASTER, Pa. – Melissa Gula scored two goals and the No. 5 Franklin & Marshall defense held McDaniel without a shot in a dominant 4-0 win in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey competition on Wednesday at home.
The Diplomats improved to 14-1, 8-0 CC with the win, while the Green Terror dropped to 2-11, 0-8 CC.
The first quarter saw McDaniel clog passing lanes and the Green Terror goalkeeper Paige Ford stop six Diplomat shots in the frame to keep the contest scoreless through the opening 15 minutes.
F&M began to hit its offensive stride in the second with a pair of goals in a six-minute span to take the 2-0 edge. Addie Peters opened the scoring in the 22nd by making a highlight-reel play on a rebounded shot by Melissa Gula. After McDaniel came up with the initial stop, Peters was there underneath to hit the ball in midair and find the back of the cage.
Gula helped F&M add on just six minutes later when Erin Coverdale slid a short pass to the left side of the circle and Gula placed a shot between the goalkeeper's legs and into the back right of the cage for the 2-0 lead.
In the second half, Gula and the Diplomats tacked on for the 3-0 advantage with a rocket from 15 yards out. Gula caused a turnover in the McDaniel defensive third before turning around and firing a shot into the lower right of the cage.
Abby Straub wrapped up the scoring in the 54th minute by cleaning up a rebound attempt in the circle to put a stamp on the dominant F&M win.
The Diplomats didn't allow a goal through 60 minutes, rarely allowing the ball to escape their offensive third.
Shots favored F&M by a 38-0 margin overall, as well as penalty corners at 19-0. Coverdale led the effort with 13 shots, followed by Gula with nine and Lily Mynott with six.
Christina Seery (14-1) picked up the win while her counterpart Paige Ford suffered the loss after a 19-save effort.
The Diplomats return to the field on Saturday, hosting Bryn Mawr for a 12:00 p.m. contest in Lancaster.