No. 2 Diplomats Fall in Overtime to No. 14 Cardinals

No. 2 Diplomats Fall in Overtime to No. 14 Cardinals

Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- No. 2 Franklin & Marshall dropped a 10-9 overtime defeat to No. 14 Catholic in women's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon. The Diplomats fell to 5-2, while the Cardinal improved to 4-2. 

The Diplomats trailed 9-7 with 7:22 left to play, before F&M netted back-to-back scores 30 seconds apart to tie the game and eventually send it into overtime. Megan Jackson finished off a pass from Tabitha Rodriquez for the first and Ally Mario struck on a free position for the equalizer.

Catholic won the draw in overtime and quickly turned the ball over. The Diplomats cleared, but had a turnover of their own and the Cardinals made the best of the opportunity with the game-winner 20 seconds later.

F&M took an early lead two minutes into the game, before the Cardinals scored twice for a 2-1 edge at 25:47. The Diplomats answered with three straight and took a 4-2 edge at 16:37. After Catholic came within a goal, 4-3, Maddie Hughes found Jackson at 12:32 for the final score of the half to make it 5-3 at the break.

Hughes and Jackson connected again early in the second for a 6-3 F&M lead, but Catholic countered with a pair of goals to come within one, 6-5, at 22:02. F&M went ahead two, 7-5, midway through the second and Catholic again answered, this time with a four-goal spurt and took a 9-7 lead which set up F&M's final two tallies of regulation.

Megan Jackson paced the offense with four scores, Ally Marino had two, while Marissa McGarrey and Caroline Kolva had one each. Maddie Hughes ended with a goal and two assists, Tabitha Rodriquez had one helper and Jane Cote ended with two assists.

Erin Phillips paced the defense with four caused turnovers and four ground balls, and Maggie Hanzsche finished with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Julia McKay had 11 saves, but was saddled with the loss and fell to 5-2.

F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats open Centennial action at Swarthmore for a 12:00 p.m. game.