No. 8 Red Devils Dispatch the Diplomats in CC Play

LANCASTER, Pa. A four-goal Dickinson run in the first half doomed the Diplomats as the No. 8 Red Devils toppled Franklin & Marshall 8-5 in Centennial Conference (CC) play on Saturday.

Dickinson's Sam Greenburg did the bulk of the Red Devils (9-1, 2-1 CC) damage on the run and in the game. The first pair of his four came six seconds apart in the middle of the decisive four-goal spurt. Greenburg's first came early in the second period, when Dickinson's pole, John Haire, carried the clear and fed the cutting Devils' junior on the right hand side to slip one by the Diplomats' (3-4, 1-2 CC) Chris Marcozzi at 12:40. Chip Murray won the ensuing faceoff, flipped a quick pass to Chris Dodson who forwarded it to Greenburg for the goal at 12:34 to make it a 4-1 game in favor of Dickinson.

Greenburg would have earned a natural hat trick had it not been for Marcozzi. The Diplomats' senior backstop made what may be one of the best sprawling saves of the season. A turnover gave the Devils a two-on-one. Greenburg collected a perfect pass on the top of the crease and went high on the Diplomats' keeper as he was diving forward. What looked like a certain goal, was stopped by a quick-rising crosse, keeping the Diplomats within three.

Greenburg eventually got his hat trick with his first goal of the second half, 1:08 into the period. His quick-stick finish on Oliver Thompson's feed stood up as the game winner. He added an important insurance goal with two Diplomats in the penalty box to make it a 7-5 game. It was the only goal in the ten extra-man opportunities in the contest.

The goal was necessary because of an F&M second-half run that followed Greenburg's third. Kevin Kilpatrick popped in a pair around a James Wenk goal to cut the game to 6-5. Kilpatrick's first came on a delayed penalty call, taking a pass from Justin Rayman and whipping a low angle shot from the right just under the crossbar to make it 6-3. Three minutes later, Wenk collected a Sean Oliver pass, rolled off of his defender and fired high from eight yards out to make it 6-4. Oliver set up Kilpatrick five minutes later to get F&M back within one.

The Diplomats' run coincided with the game becoming a chippy affair. Seven of the game's 11 penalties came after Kilpatrick's second that had made it a one goal game. The penalties became the Diplomats' undoing. A pair of Fummers were sitting in the box for illegal body checks when Greenburg made it a two-goal game only two minutes after Kilpatrick had given F&M a fighting chance. Dickinson's Tyler Magann held the Diplomats off the board the rest of the way, while Ted Sirvaitis cleaned up a ground ball on the crease and beat Marcozzi up top to make it the 8-5 final with 6:57 to play.

Both Magann and Marcozzi made 11 saves in the game. F&M outshot Dickinson 32-29 in the contest, but half of F&M's shots sailed wide, high or never made it to the cage. The Diplomats did get a pair of goals from Shane Brennan, who has given the offense a boost since returning last Saturday. He rolled off of the crease and beat Magann up high for the Diplomats' first. He fired a turnaround blast from 12-yards out late in the half to make it 5-2 going into the break.

The Diplomats return to action Wednesday night at Scranton.

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(Lancaster, Pa.) - The 8th-ranked Dickinson College men's lacrosse team improved to 9-1 on the season with an 8-7 victory at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Sophomore Sam Greenberg (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) led the attack with a game-high four goals on the day.

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