No. 6 Franklin & Marshall Struggles Past York

LANCASTER, Pa. Lauren Ehrhardt scored twice and dished out two assists as No. 6 Franklin & Marshall defeated York (Pa.) 7-6 in non-conference action on Tuesday. F&M improved to 2-0 while the Spartans fell to 4-1.

Ehrhardt found Maggie Mae Shields with 3:44 remaining for the go-ahead goal, which put F&M up 7-5. The Spartans were able to fire off three more shots in the closing minutes and connected on the last one, a free position, with 17 seconds left, to make it 7-6. Shields won the ensuing draw and F&M was able to run out the clock and secure the victory.

The Diplomats took an early two goal lead five minutes into the game. Shields found Kara Stanley for the first one at 28:20 and Ehrhardt took a feed from Stanley for the second tally of the game at 25:16. York got on the board with a free position shot from Erica Mulford before Ehrhardt put F&M up 3-1 with her second goal of the game at 4:46. The Spartans answered with goal at 2:31 to send the teams into the break with F&M leading 3-2.

York notched a goal three minutes into the second stanza to tie the game at three, but the Diplomats quickly responded with back-to-back goals six minutes apart to go up 5-3. Caroline Krohn scored off a Shields' pass at 24:31 and Ehrhardt found Mary McNutt with 18:51 remaining in the game.

The Spartans countered with back-to-back goals of their own to tie the game at five with 8:12 left to play. Erin Dunne put the Diplomats up for good with a free position goal with under seven minutes to play which led to Shields' eventual game-winner four minutes later.

Shields won four draws and Krohn came away with the ball on three others. Libby Nichols had a game-high five grounds balls while Dunne and Stanley finished with three apiece.

Kelsey Hoffman improved to 2-0 with five saves in goal. Kelsey Evans took the loss for the Spartans.

F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats host No. 3 Cortland State at 1:00 p.m.

2012-03-06



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