Diplomats Cruise Over Crusaders

LANCASTER, Pa. Billy Kempner scored two goals and handed out three assists to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 10-4 over Susquehanna Wednesday afternoon in men's lacrosse action. The Diplomats improved to 3-2, while the Crusaders dropped to 4-3.

F&M took control early and jumped out to a 2-0 lead 10 minutes into the game. Jordan Barr struck first with a goal at 13:20 and Kempner found Tristan Miller at 5:34 for the 2-0 edge. Susquehanna countered with two straight goals to tie the game at 2-2 with 8:08 left in the second.

Miller put F&M up for good off a feed from Evan Bakst at 4:17 and Sean Kenny gave the Diplomats a 4-2 halftime lead with a score with 31 seconds to the break.

The Diplomats opened up the second half strong with four unanswered goals to put the game out of reach. Miller hooked up with Michael Bossidy at 11:49 before Kenny found Barr at 8:04 to put F&M up 6-2. Bossidy struck again at 5:31 off a pass from Kempner and Kempner got his first score 23 second later to make it 8-2.

Susquehanna stopped the run with a score at 1:15 in the third and the Diplomats put two more through in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to lead 10-3. Kempner assisted Chris Kelly for the first score and scored his second off a pass from Chad Gamble at 9:02. The Crusaders put one through at 5:05 to make it 10-4.

T.J. Tynan won 6 of 10 faceoffs while James King and A.J. Reichert finished with five groundballs and Carlos Pelaez picked up four for the Diplomats.

Cameron Setian improved to 3-2 with 10 saves and Will Torrence turned away seven shots in the loss.

F&M outshot Susquehanna 38-29, picked up 34 groundballs to the Crusaders' 21 and were successful on 21 of 22 clear attempts.

F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats travel to York for a 4:00 p.m. contest.

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LANCASTER, Pa. A modest, three-game win streak came to an end for Susquehanna on Wednesday as the Crusaders fell 10-4 at Franklin & Marshall.

SU (4-3) netted one goal in each quarter but the Diplomats (3-2) used a six-goal second half to put the game out of reach.

Four different players accounted for those four Crusader goals and two different players picked up assists. Goalie Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) played all but the final 5:05 of the game and finished with seven saves.

F&M had only nine more shots than Susquehanna (38-29) but won 10 of 17 face-offs. The Susquehanna defense did keep the Diplomats from converting on any of their extra-man opportunities, though.

The Diplomats got out to a 2-0 start before Phil Lapone (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) scored SU's first goal of the game with 3:05 left in the first quarter to make it a 2-1 game.

Seven minutes into the second quarter, Tylere Fritts (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) netted the equalizer on an unassisted goal to make it 2-2. F&M scored the final two goals of the quarter, including one with 31 seconds remaining, but still led by just two (4-2) at halftime.

Unfortunately the Crusaders scored only two goals over the remaining 30 minutes of action while F&M scored six, including the first four of the third quarter. SU did not get back on the board until 1:15 remained in the quarter when J.B. Montanye (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola) broke the Diplomats' scoring streak with a goal that made it 8-3.

F&M was able to score the first two goals of the fourth and final quarter to lead 10-3 before Austen Lein (New Vernon,N.J./Madison) netted the final goal of the game at the 5:05 mark for the final 10-4 score.

The Crusaders remain on the road to open Landmark Conference play on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Drew.


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