SALISBURY, Md. – No. 1 Salisbury escaped with a 9-8 victory over No. 4 Franklin & Marshall Sunday afternoon in women's lacrosse action. The loss is the first for the Diplomats this season as F&M dropped to 6-1 while the Sea Gulls remain unbeaten at 7-0.
Salisbury took control early and jumped out to a 3-0 lead midway through the first with two goals by Shelby Nemeeck. Caroline Krohn put the Diplomats on the board with an unassisted tally at 13:21. Bethany Baer made it 4-1 before the Diplomats netted a pair to come within a goal, 4-3, with 3:36 left in the half. Krohn picked up her second at 10:41 and buried a pass from Mary Mitchell seven minutes later for her third goal of the first half. The Sea Gulls increased their lead to two with a goal with just 27 seconds left in the half to make it 5-3 at the break.
Emily Everdell found Mitchell 21 seconds into the second stanza to bring F&M within a goal, 5-4, but the Sea Gulls answered with two scores to go up 7-4 at 18:03. Krohn continued her dominance with a goal at 14:18 before assisting Brittney Jorgenson to bring F&M within a goal, 7-6, with 11:53 left to play.
Baer put Salisbury back up two goals, but the Diplomats answered with two of their own to tie the game at 8-8. Krohn scored her fifth of the game at 7:40 and Jorgenson buried a pass from Mitchell at 7:19.
Both teams had opportunities during the next five minutes with both goalies collecting saves to keep the game tied at 8-8. The Sea Gulls had shot at 2:05, but Shannon Carta was fouled, setting up a free position and Carta buried the shot for game-winner. F&M had an opportunity with just over a minute left, but Ashton Wheatley picked up her fifth save to secure the win.
Kelsey Hoffman (6-1) turned away six shots in the loss and helped limit the Sea Gulls to 2-for-8 on free position shots while Wheatley improved to 7-0 with five saves.
F&M returns to action on Tuesday when the Diplomats travel to Messiah for a 7:00 p.m. game.