BROOKLANDVILLE, Md. – Franklin and Marshall used a 5-0 run in the first half to pull ahead and never relinquished the lead, as the fifth-ranked Diplomats defeated the 17th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team, 12-4, on Saturday at the St. Paul's School for Girls.
Sophomore attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J. / Moorestown) opened the contest's scoring to put W&L (4-1) up, 1-0, 4:55 into the game. F&M (2-0) answered with a free-position score by senior attacker Ali Kelly at the 23:55 mark. Kelly's goal ignited the Diplomats' 4-0 scoring stretch over the next 17:36 that gave Franklin & Marshall a 5-1 lead at the half.
F&M used the second period to gain an even larger lead (6-1), as Kelly began the second stanza with a goal with 27:45 left to play. The Diplomats knocked in five more unanswered goals (11-1) by the 9:44 mark. Senior midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J. / West Morris Mendham) ended the scoring drought with a tally that was assisted by senior attacker Greta Witter (Houston, Texas / The Hill School) at the 6:16 mark (11-2).
Witter and first-year attacker Sara Holland (Houston, Texas / M.B. Lamar) both notched a goal in the final 3:19, but the Generals could not overcome the 10-goal deficit.
Junior Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) spent the entire game in goal for the Blue and White, collecting 13 saves and seven ground balls. For the Diplomats, senior Kelsey Hoffman tallied 10 saves in 56:41, while sophomore Kaitlin Hardt tallied two saves in 3:19 of action.
The Diplomats held an advantage in shots (29-19), while the Generals held an edge in ground balls (22-17).
Brewster led the Generals' offense with a goal and an assist, while senior defender Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn. / Darien) paced the defensive end with two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Emily Conway (Darien, Conn. / Greenwich Academy) corralled a team-high four draw controls.
Kelly led F&M with three tallies, while first-year attacker Yen Baker added one goal and one assist. Senior attacker Caroline Krohn, first-year attacker Natalie Delinsky, and junior attacker Emily Everdell each notched two goals.
The Generals will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Hollins for a 4:00 pm contest.
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