LANCASTER, Pa. – No. 5 Franklin & Marshall used a four-goal run to start the second half and erase a 6-4 halftime deficit en route to a 10-9 victory over No. 17 Catholic in women's lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 10-3 while the Cardinals dropped to 7-5.
Catholic took the early lead three minutes into the game, before Paige Moriarty tied it at 1-1 with a score at 26:09. The Cardinals answered with two for a 3-1 edge and Grace Norley brought the Diplomats within a goal, 3-2, at 24:00. Another pair of goals gave the Cardinals a 5-2 advantage with 15:56 left in the second. Moriarty brought F&M within two at 10:22 and Megan Jackson made it a one-point game, 5-4, with 6:29 on clock, but the Cardinals added one more and took a 6-4 lead at the break.
F&M answered in the second with a four-goal run to take the lead for good. Katie Groenke started off the run early in the second and Norley buried a pass from Hannah Serling at 26:44. Caroline Kolva put the go-ahead goal on the board at 26:19 and Norley finished off a pass from Moriarty at 21:05 to make it 8-6. The Cardinals stopped the run with a score at 20:39, but F&M answered with two straight off goals from Megan Jackson and Moriarty – both assisted by Serling -- to make it 10-7. Catholic made a strong surge at the end with two unanswered goals before time ran out.
Paige Moriarty ended with three scores and two assists, Grace Norley struck three times and Megan Jackson finished with a pair of goals. Katie Groenke and Caroline Kolva both had a score while Hannah Serling handed out three helpers.
F&M had a 28-22 edge in shots, held a 15-13 advantage in ground balls and won 12-of-21 draws.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M travels to Ursinus for a 12:00 p.m. game.