#7 Diplomats Extinguish Devils to Run CC Table

Carlisle, Pa. –Dickinson College turned in a strong performance, but fell to #7-ranked Franklin & Marshall, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats close out the regular conference schedule, 9-0, improving to 15-2 overall.

The Diplomats took a 3-0 lead, but it took almost the entire first half to get there. Maggie Mae Shields scored on a free position attempt a little over 10 minutes into the contest to put F&M on the board. Caroline Krohn scored at the 11:25 mark and Cat Serpe added another free position with 8:02 remaining in the half.

Senior Sunnie Ko (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) tallied a free position goal with just 23 seconds remaining in the first half, as the Devils trailed just 3-1 at the break.

F&M outscored the Devils 5-0 in the second half, but Dickinson played well throughout the game, despite the final tally. The Devils held a 7-3 advantage on draw controls, claiming 4 of 5 in the first half.

Cat Serpe scored twice for F&M while Shields controlled five ground balls. Kelsey Hoffman made seven saves in goal for the Diplomats.

Senior goaltender Jessie Clark (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) made 11 saves, caused three turnovers and controlled three ground balls for Dickinson.

The Red Devils slip to 7-10 overall and 4-5 in the Centennial Conference.

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LANCASTER, Pa. – For the fourth time in five years, Franklin & Marshall cut through the Centennial Conference (CC) portion of its schedule without a loss. The No. 7 Diplomats (15-2, 9-0 CC) wrapped up the regular season with an 8-1 win at Dickinson to springboard into next weekend's CC Championship tournament, which will be played without the Red Devils (7-10, 4-5 CC) for the first time in five years.

F&M got goals from seven different players, outshooting their hosts 29-15. Only Cat Serpe scored multiple goals, while Katie Delaney and Caroline Krohn each tallied a goal and an assist. Krohn's goal stood up as the game-winner. Delaney and Maggie Mae Shields both recorded their 50th career points in the victory. Shields scored F&M's first goal on a free position shot.

The Diplomats' defense limited Dickinson to a single free position goal from the stick of Sunnie Ko with 33 seconds remaining in the first half. Kelsey Hoffman recorded seven saves for the win. Her counterpart, Julie Clark, stopped 11 F&M shots. F&M broke seven of Dickinson's 16 clearing attempts. The Red Devils turned the ball over 20 times.

F&M is now 36-0 against Dickinson.

The Diplomats return to action next Saturday in the CC Semifinals at F&M's Tylus Field. The opponent is yet to be determined.


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