LANCASTER, Pa. – No. 7 Franklin & Marshall downed Catholic 17-11 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field. The Diplomats improved to 16-5 and advanced to next weekend's regionals and will take on SUNY Geneseo, a 5-4 winner over Stevenson, on Saturday at Salisbury. Salisbury will take on Augustana in the other game while the winner of each contest will play on Sunday.
F&M jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with goals by Emily Everdell, Megan Kelly and Caroline Krohn and looked to take control early before Catholic (12-6) countered with two to make it 3-2 at 24:04. Krohn tallied to put F&M up 4-2 and Anna Stumme struck at 19:34 for Catholic to bring the Cardinals within one. Everdell put one through to make it 5-3 before Catholic answered with two straight and tied the game at 5-5 midway through the first half.
Brittney Jorgenson buried a pass from Samantha Blicht and Laura Dunn answered for the Cardinals for a 6-6 score. Krohn found Gabby Frank for a one-goal F&M lead at 9:09 before Catholic answered two minutes later to tie the game a 7-7. Krohn hooked up with Mary Mitchell with just 42 second left in the half to put F&M up for good, 8-7, heading into the break.
F&M's defense stepped up in the second half and limited Catholic to just four goals while the offense put nine points on the board. Natalie Delinsky buried a pass from Anastasia Mergner 55 seconds into the second period to put F&M up 9-7 and Lindsay Brophy brought the Cardinals within one, 9-8, with a goal at 28:28.
The Diplomats answered with a pair of goals and the Cardinals matched with a pair of their own to make it 11-10 at 21:23. That was as close as Catholic would get as the Diplomats rattled off five straight to go up 16-10 with a little over seven minutes left to play. Everdell started off the run with Jorgenson tallying three and Krohn coming away with a goal in the spurt.
Catholic put their last point on the board at 6:32 and Delinsky finished off a pass from Jorgenson at 2:34 for the final point of the game.
Jorgenson finished with four goals and an assist while Krohn, Delinsky and Everdell all tallied three goals apiece. Frank, Mitchell, Mergner and Kelly all struck once while Mitchell, Krohn and Blicht each dished out two assists.
Megan Kelly led the defense with three caused turnovers and three ground balls while Caroline Doran and Mergner each had two caused turnovers.
Kelsey Hoffman turned away 12 shots to improve to 14-5 while Yasmeen Ajdari took the loss with four stops.