ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Brittney Jorgenson scored four goals and six other Diplomats finished with a pair of goals as No. 8 Franklin & Marshall cruised to a 19-5 victory over Muhlenberg in Centennial Conference (CC) women's lacrosse action.
F&M (5-1, 1-0 CC) came out strong with three scores in the opening eight minutes. Jorgenson got things started off a feed from Grace Saliba followed by Ali Kelly's goal at 23:40 before Anastasia Mergner capped off the run with an unassisted goal at 22:36. The Mules (4-2, 0-1 CC) made with 3-1 36 seconds later before the Diplomats rattled off three more.
Maggie Mae Shields, Saliba and Casey Madden all scored in the run and the Mules made it 6-2 off a free position at 18:29. The Diplomats countered with seven unanswered goals over 14 minutes to take a 13-2 lead with 2:05 left to the break.
Mary Mitchell and Shields hooked up for the first and Jorgenson tallied three in five minutes before Emily Everdell netted one at 8:52. Kimberly Abruzzo scored on a free position shot and Shields finished off the run at 2:05. Muhlenberg put two through in a span of 20 seconds before Mergner struck with just three seconds on the clock to put F&M up 14-4 at the break.
Muhlenberg got its last score of the game three minutes into the second as the Diplomats dominated the final half. Ali Kelly scored at 26:30 with Grace Saliba and Christie Huidekoper tallying scores three minutes apart to give F&M a 17-5 lead at 12:20. Abruzzo struck at 8:44 and Madden buried a feed from Huidekoper for the final tally of the game.
Jen Noon caused two turnovers with four groundballs and Mergner came away with four draws.
F&M outshot Muhlenberg 32-14, went 14-for-14 in clears and picked up 19 groundballs to the Mules' nine.
The Diplomats return to action tomorrow when F&M hosts No. 2 Salisbury at 1:00 p.m.