LEXINGTON, Va. – Franklin & Marshall used a 5-0 run in the first half to pull ahead and never relinquish the lead as the 13th-ranked Diplomats defeated the Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team, 13-5, on Saturday at Watt Field.
Junior attacker Katie Hagen (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) opened the contest's scoring to put W&L (1-3) up 1-0 just 1:07 into the game. F&M (2-0) answered with an unassisted score by junior attacker Caroline Krohn (Baltimore, Md./Towson) 28 seconds later (1-1). Krohn's goal ignited the Diplomats' 5-0 scoring stretch over the next 11:01 that gave Franklin & Marshall a 5-1 lead by the 17:34 mark.
Junior midfielder Meredith Lavin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) ended the Generals' scoring drought with a tally at 15:07 (5-2), only to have the Diplomats knock off three more unanswered goals (8-2) by the 7:22 mark. In the final 5:31 of the half, first-year attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and first-year midfielder Emily Conway (Darien, Conn./Greenwich Academy) each notched a goal for W&L, as F&M entered the break with an 8-4 advantage.
F&M used the second period to gain an even larger lead as Krohn began the second period with back-to-back goals to claim a 10-4 lead with 22:35 left in the game. Junior midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris-Mendham) netted a free position shot at 9:12 to pull the Generals to within five (10-5), but they could not get any closer as the Diplomats scored three more goals to close out the game.
Franklin & Marshall held an advantage in draw controls (15-5) and ground balls (23-18), while both teams were forced into 23 turnovers.
Junior Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) spent the entire game in goal for the Blue and White, collecting nine saves and 13 goals-against. For the Diplomats, junior Kelsey Hoffman (Arlington, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols) tallied five saves and five goals-against in 60:00 in the cage.
Conway led the Generals with one goal and one assist, while Taglienti, Hagen, Brewster and Lavin each scored on the day. In the back third, junior defender Olive Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park) picked up three ground balls and caused two turnovers, and junior defender Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn./Darien) claimed five ground balls.
Krohn took control of the offensive end for F&M, totaling five goals and three assists, while grabbing six draw controls. Sophomore attacker Kimberly Abruzzo (Summit, N.J./Oak Knoll), senior midfielder Maggie Mae Shields (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Baldwin School), sophomore midfielder Casey Madden (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's School) and junior attacker Ali Kelly (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) each recorded a pair of goals. Shields also added three ground balls, senior defender Jen Noon (Baldwin, Md./Bryn Mawr HS) registered five ground balls and two caused turnovers and sophomore midfielder Megan Kelly (Bethlehem, Pa./The Hill School) collected six ground balls.
The Generals return to the field on Tuesday, when they host Hollins for a 4:30 pm contest.
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