Diplomats Top Bombers to Give Faith 100th Career Win

ORLANDO, Fla. Mary Mitchell and Brittney Jorgenson combined for nine points to lead No. 8 Franklin & Marshall to a 12-7 victory over Ithaca in women's lacrosse action. The Diplomats improved to 3-1 while the Bomber fell to 2-2. The victory was the 100th career win for head coach Mike Faith.

F&M jumped out an early 3-0 lead nine minutes into the contest with scores by Caroline Krone, Ali Kelly and Maggie Mae Shields. Krohn found Jorgenson at 17:31 to put F&M up 4-0 and the Bombers answered with a tally at 5:55.

Lauren Selawski assisted Shields at 3:25 before Ithaca got one through at 1:47 for a 5-2 score. The Diplomats answered 20 seconds later when Krohn and Jorgenson connected again to give F&M a 6-2 edge at the break.

The teams traded free position goals to start the second with Mitchell and Everdell scoring for the Diplomats to put F&M up 8-3 at 20:50. The Bombers scored at 19:22 and both team remained off the board for over ten minutes before Jorgenson buried a feed from Mitchell at 9:07.

Ithaca made it 9-5 at 8:04 and F&M countered with a pair of unanswered goals by Mitchell to go up 11-5. Anastasia Mergner assisted on the first goal and Jorgenson found Mitchell on the second. Michelle Avery found the net for Ithaca to bring the Bombers within five, 11-6, and Krohn fed Selawski at 3:42 to make it 12-6.

Krohn came away with four draws and Jen Noon finished with five groundballs.

Kelsey Hoffman was spectacular between the pipes with 15 saves and improved to 3-1 while Jess Worthman turned away nine shots in the loss.

F&M returns to action on Wednesday when the Diplomats travel to No. 16 Messiah.

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CLERMONT, Fla. The 15th-ranked Ithaca College women's lacrosse team (2-2) fell to eighth-ranked Franklin & Marshall (3-1), 12-7, on Thursday afternoon at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.

Ithaca was unable to rebound from a 4-0 deficit just 13 minutes into the game. Both squads netted two in the final six minutes of the first half with the Diplomats holding a 6-2 gap at intermission. The Bombers and Dips went goal for goal in the second stint. Franklin & Marshall once netted back-to-back scores at 6:37 and 5:05 to edge Ithaca, 6-5, in the latter half.

Ithaca owned a 29-27 margin in shots, while F&M claimed a 25-24 advantage in ground balls and an 11-10 lead in draws.

Freshman Allison Runyon (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport), who tied a career high, and senior Sam Whitney (Rye, N.H./Portsmouth) each scored a pair of goals to lead the Bombers. Senior Tracy Rivas (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) had one goal and two assists to go along with a three ground balls. Classmate Michelle Avery (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) and sophomore Molly Fischer (Aquinnah, Mass./Martha's Vineyard) each tallied once. Junior defender Katie Long (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) forced two turnovers.

Senior Jess Worthman (Commack, N.Y./Hauppauge) made a season-high nine saves and scooped up a trio of ground balls for the Blue & Gold.

The Bombers return to Higgins Stadium for a 4:00 p.m. game on Tuesday, March 19 when they host Buffalo State.


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