No. 8 Diplomats Drop No. 7 TCNJ

No. 8 Diplomats Drop No. 7 TCNJ

LANCASTER, Pa. – No. 8 Franklin & Marshall handed No. 7 The College of New Jersey a 10-7 loss in a battle of two top-ten teams in women's lacrosse. The Diplomats improved to 8-2 while the Lions dropped to 8-3.

F&M led wire-to-wire and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead midway through the first half. Mary Mitchell started the scoring when she buried a feed from Maggie Mae Shields at 24:04 and Brittney Jorgenson scored off a pass from Emily Everdell ten minutes later.

The teams traded goals through the final 15 minutes of first with F&M leading 4-2 at the break. Lauren Selawski and Caroline Krohn both scored on free position to help maintain F&M's advantage.

F&M opened the second frame with two quick scores in the first four minutes of action to go up 6-2. Shields and Mitchell hooked up for the first score and Krohn netted the second four minutes later. The Lions made it 6-3 and Everdell scored twice three minutes apart to put F&M up 8-4 at 18:37.

TCNJ responded with a 3-0 run that spanned over 11 minutes to come within a goal, 8-7, with 6:39 left to play. The Diplomats answered and closed the game strong with two unanswered goals. Casey Madden made in 9-7 at 5:42 and Shields found Jorgenson at 2:36 for final score.

Kelsey Hoffman was spectacular in goal with 11 saves and improved to 8-2. Kelsey Zink took the loss with five stops.

The Lions held a slight advantage in shots, 26-24, and won 12 of the game's 19 draws. F&M finished 15-for-18 in clear attempts and were 3-for-7 on free position chances.

F&M returns to action tomorrow when the Diplomats host McDaniel at 1:00 p.m.