Diplomats Rally to Tie but Fall to Haverford in Overtime

LANCASTER, Pa. Franklin & Marshall overcame a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but Haverford's Travis Gregory ended the game 1:38 into the extra period, allowing the Fords to sneak away with an 8-7 win.

The Diplomats trailed 6-3 heading into the final quarter. That's when Shane Brennan and James Wenk went to work. Brennan scored on a solo effort 47 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it a 6-4 game. Zack Cohen answered for Haverford three minutes later, but Fords' penalties opened the door for F&M.

James Wenk cashed in on a pair of extra-man opportunities in the fourth quarter. The first was set up by Colin McKew, while Keith Murray assisted the second. Murray's assist marks three consecutive games in which he has gotten in on the action on the extra-man. F&M scored a season-high three extra-man goals in their five opportunities on the day.

1:04 after Wenk struck for the second time, Brennan got his second on a Rayman feed, knotting the game at 7-7 and forcing overtime.

The game was a tale of two halves, with the defenses winning the battles in the first half. The Fords struck twice in the second quarter after 20 minutes of scoreless lacrosse. That was all of the offense in the first 30 minutes. 13 of the game's 15 goals were scored in the second half.

Joe Banno made a dozen saves in the Haverford net while Chris Marcozzi made five stops for F&M. Andrew Setian continued his faceoff dominance in the Centennial, finishing with 15 wins. He has posted double-digits in the faceoffs won column in each of F&M's five conference affairs this season. F&M also owned the ground balls with 26 to the Fords 18.

The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday in the second of three consecutive road games. F&M will face McDaniel at 4:00 p.m.

2010-04-10



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