EWING, N.J. – No. 7 Franklin & Marshall took down Colorado College 19-9 in the third round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 18-4 and will face host No. 1 TCNJ, a 13-7 winner over No. 9 Bowdoin, in tomorrow's Regional Final.
F&M led the entire game and jumped out to a 2-0 lead four minutes into the contest. The Tigers came within one, 3-2, at 23:36, and the Diplomats answered with a four-goal spurt for a 7-2 advantage. After a goal from Colorado with a little less than nine minutes to play, F&M went into the break with two unanswered for a 9-3 lead at halftime.
The Diplomats opened the second with a 3-1 run and went ahead 12-4, at 19:37, and after a score from Colorado, F&M netted three straight for a 15-5 lead with 15:26 left to play. The Tigers countered with a 4-1 run to make it 16-9, but F&M finished strong with three unanswered to put the game out of reach.
Paige Moriarty paced the offense with four goals and three assists and became the all-time assists leader in program history. Jane Cote had four goals with one assist and Clare Monaghan finished with two goals and two assists. Hannah Serling had three scores, Katie Groenke handed out four helpers and Megan Jackson finished with two goals and an assist. Caroline Kolva and Brianna Gorman both had a goal and an assist, while Nancy Taylor and Grace Norley tallied a goal. Bridget O'Donnell had an assist for the Diplomats.
Jackson and Cote helped on the defensive side as well with three caused turnovers and Maggie Hanzsche ended with two ground balls and one caused turnover. Jackson also came away with eight draws and five ground balls. Danielle Harrington had 16 saves and improved to 18-4.
F&M owned shots at 40-31, held a 23-19 edge in ground balls and won 15-of-29 draws.