No. 3 Cortland Victorious at No. 9 Franklin & Marshall

LANCASTER, Pa. No. 9 Franklin & Marshall fell 15-9 to No. 3 Cortland State in non-conference action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats dropped to 2-1 while the Red Dragons remained undefeated at 3-0.

Cortland came out strong with three goals in the first 5:15 of action before F&M answered with two of its own. Ali Kelly found the back of the net at 21:52 and Caroline Krohn struck unassisted at 20:26 to put F&M within a goal.

The Red Dragons went up 4-2 on a free position goal by Maria Di Fato before Kimberly Abruzzo found Anastasia Mergner a minute later to make it 4-3 in Cortland's favor at 17:37. The Red Dragons went on to net four unanswered goals over 10 minutes to take a commanding 8-3 lead. Mary Mitchell hooked up with Maggie Mae Shields to stop the run, but Cortland tallied two more to end the half and went into the break with 10-4 advantage.

Ali Kelly got things started for the Diplomats with a goal 1:13 into the second, but Cortland responded with a pair of goals for a 12-5 lead at 23:58. Shields struck two minutes later and the Red Dragons rallied off three straight to go up 15-6 with 9:44 left to play. F&M countered and finished the game strong with three unanswered goals. Mitchell and Brittney Jorgenson teamed up for a score at 7:28, Krohn picked up her second score 24 seconds later and Jorgenson netted the final score of the game at 1:14.

Krohn came away with seven draws while Jen Noon, Megan Kelly and Ali Kelly both finished with three groundballs.

Kelsey Hoffman took the loss with six saves and dropped to 2-1 and Shauna Hutchinson picked up the win with 10 saves.

The Diplomats had a slight advantage in shots, 26-25, picked up 21 groundballs to Cortland's 16 and came away with 16 of the game's 26 draws. F&M was 12 for 16 on clears and scored on all three on its extra-man opportunities.

F&M travels to Florida this week where the Diplomats will face Ithaca on Thursday in Orlando.

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LANCASTER, PA. Senior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) and freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) each scored seven points to lead No. 3 Cortland to a 15-9 victory at ninth-ranked Franklin & Marshall Saturday afternoon. The Red Dragons improved to 3-0 with the win, while the Diplomats fell to 2-1. The teams played to the exact same score at Lancaster last season.

Di Fato recorded five goals and two assists, and Geremia tallied three goals and four assists for Cortland. Junior Taylor Robinson (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) contributed two goals and one assist, senior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa) scored twice, junior Liz Beville (Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt) had one goal and one assist and sophomore Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) and freshman Nicole Bello (Camillus/West Genesee) each netted a goal.

Senior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) registered 10 saves. Junior Jessica Lavelle (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) recorded a game-high five caused turnovers, and Di Fato caused three turnovers and collected three ground balls. Hayes-Hurley and senior Natalie Melaniff (Wantagh) each won three draw controls.

Senior Maggie Mae Shields (Bryn Mawr, PA/Baldwin School), juniors Caroline Krohn (Baltimore, MD/Towson) and Ali Kelly (Wayne, PA/Radnor) and sophomore Brittney Jorgenson (Glenwood, MD/Glenelg Country School) led Franklin & Marshall with two goals apiece. Freshman Anastasia Mergner (West Caldwell, NJ/James Caldwell) added a goal, and junior Mary Mitchell (Wilbraham, MA/Suffield Academy) chipped in with two assists.

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