No. 1 Franklin & Marshall Muzzles the Bulldogs

LANCASTER, Pa. No. 1 Franklin & Marshall used a stifling defense and a balanced attack to hand Adrian College (Mich.) a 15-5 defeat in women's lacrosse on Tuesday. Seven different Diplomats (2-0) found the net, while F&M's steady defense and goalkeeping left the Bulldogs (1-2) on the short end of the chain.

The Diplomats' defense ended 13 Adrian possessions with caused turnovers, including Maggie Shields game-high three. When Arian managed to end its offensive forays with a shot, F&M keeper Lidia Sanza was up to the challenge. The Diplomats' senior turned away a dozen advances and was particularly stellar in the first half allowing only a single goal. Amanda Lambert scored that one goal on one of Adrian's five first-half free-position-shots. She factored in Adrian's first three tallies of the contest, but the third did not come until the 45th minute of the game.

Adrian's keeper, Laura Finfrock, made several outstanding saves early to keep her team in the game at the outset. Five of her seven stops came in the first half, with the bulk coming in the opening five minutes. Finfrock, aided by a nearly five-minute stall by her offense, kept the Diplomats off of the board for the first 10:17 of the contest. That was when Erin Dunne camped out on the crease and collected a high feed from Meredith Lussier for the first of five F&M goals by four different players in a three minute stretch.

Dunne struck again 20 seconds later when a long feed intended for Blake Hargest inadvertently glanced off of Hargest's stick and beyond Finfrock. Hargest got on the board on the next offensive possession when Lussier once again provided a clean feed to the senior standing alone on the right post. 42 seconds later it was Lussier's turn to change the scoreboard off of an assist from Dunne to make it 4-0. 29 seconds later, Cat Serpe weaved her way through 40 yards of occupied Bulldog real estate to beat Finfrock for the 5-0 lead.

Adrian never threatened after the barrage.

Hargest and Lussier finished the game with four goals and a pair of assists, while Dunne ended up with a hat trick and a pair of helpers. Lussier scored the 25th free position goal of her career just over ten minutes into the second half, and Hargest's second helper moved her into a tie for 14th all-time in the assists department at F&M. Laura Ruppersberger added one goal and an assist while Sarah Veneski helped out twice. Lauren Erhardt, Serpe and Shields rounded out the seven F&M scorers.

Lambert led the way for Adrian with their first two goals and an assist. Stacey Birlson scored on Lambert's feed and handed out a pair of assists.

The Diplomats move to 2-0 on the season, and return to action on Thursday afternoon at Rowan.


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