LANCASTER, Pa. - Four goals in the opening five minutes helped propel No. 4 Franklin & Marshall to a 16-10 win over No. 15 Cortland in women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Diplomats to 4-1 while the Red Dragons fell to 1-1 on the year.
Jane Cote was the first to strike, scoring an unassisted goal less than thirty seconds into action. Maisie O'Shea, Maddie Hughes, and Ally Marino rattled off three more goals in under three minutes to help F&M to a 4-2 lead five minutes into the game. A Caroline Kolva goal at the 18:00 mark sparked the Diplomats on a 3-0 run with goals from Marissa McGarrey and Megan Jackson to increase the lead to 8-3 halfway through the first half. F&M ended the first half with three unanswered goals to take an 11-5 edge going into the break.
O'Shea and Juliann Lisovicz got the offense going in the second half, scoring two goals in two minutes to bring the advantage to 13-6 at the 17:14 mark. Grace Norley was the next to strike with just over 13 minutes left in the game. Kolva and Tabitha Rodriguez notched the final scores of the contest to reach the final score of 16-10.
Marino paced the offense with four scores on the day followed by Cote, Kolva, and O'Shea with two each. Hughes had a game-high three assists.
Jackson came away with six draw controls while Maggie Hanzsche cemented the defense with two caused turnovers and six groundballs.
Julia McKay (4-1) tallied six saves and caused four turnovers from the circle for the win while Annie Casey (1-1) took the loss despite a 15-save effort.
The Diplomats head down to Florida for Spring Break, taking on No. 14 Bowdoin on Wednesday, March 13 at 10:00 a.m.