MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – No. 5 Franklin & Marshall dropped a 16-4 contest to No. 3 Middlebury in NCAA women's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon. The Diplomats season ended with a 17-5 record and the program's second-straight Elite 8 appearance.
The Panthers will continue on to next weekend's Final Four with a 20-1 mark.
Middlebury took an early 5-0 lead all from the eight-yard mark. F&M's offense broke through in the 13th minute of action, firing off two goals in thirty seconds. Caroline Kolva got things going with the free-position goal at the 18:31 mark. Marissa McGarrey followed off the dish from Maddie Hughes to bring the Diplomats within three at 5-2. The Panthers ended the half with five unanswered goals to take an 10-2 edge at the break.
Megan Jackson got the offense going in the second, scoring at the 27:39 mark off the dish from Grace Norley to bring the score to 11-3. Middlebury tacked on five more goals over the next 16 minutes with McGarrey breaking through with just under five minutes left in action, dodging a defender above the crease to find the back of the net.
McGarrey paced the offense with two scores, followed by Kolva and Jackson with one each.
Emily Kitchin (11-2) delivered a stellar performance with 13 saves on the day. Emma Arronson cemented the defense with three caused turnovers and Blair Atkins and Ally Marino came up with four draw controls each.