Miller Helps Franklin & Marshall Edge Ursinus

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. Ursinus nearly rallied from a late three-goal deficit on Wednesday night, but, Franklin & Marshall (5-3, 2-0 Centennial) held on to defeat the Bears (5-2, 0-2 Centennial) 10-9 on Wednesday night in men's lacrosse action.

The Diplomats held a two-goal lead after three periods of play, and were up 10-7 with 6:41 left in the game before Ursinus attempted its final charge.

Senior attack Tristan Miller had four goals for the Diplomats, while A.J. Reichert scored two.

For Ursinus, the Bears were led by freshman attack Logan Panaccione (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) who scored a team-high four goals. Sophomore midfielder Jake Weber (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) had three assists on the night.

Ursinus did have a 3-1 lead after the first quarter as sophomore defender Ryan Ridinger (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township), sophomore midfielder Ian Moore (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) each had goals. Panaccione had his first goal of the game with 3:07 left, on an assist by Weber to give the Bears a 3-1 lead.

After F&M scored three straight to get to 4-3, Ursinus got a goal from Panaccione with 12 seconds left in the second quarter to tie the score at 4-all at intermission. Both teams traded goals in the third quarter, before F&M got two late goals from Miller and junior attack Billy Kempner. Kempner's goal with 1:40 left gave the Diplomats a 7-5 lead.

Down 10-7, Ursinus got a goal from freshman attack Steve Mussoline (Macungie, Pa./ACC) and Panaccione with 1:07 left to cut the deficit to one. Ursinus won the ensuing faceoff but did not score.

Ursinus got six groundballs from freshman goalkeeper Brian Neff (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) who had 15 saves on the night.

Ursinus heads to Dickinson on Saturday.

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Collegeville, Pa. Tristan Miller tallied four goals to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 10-9 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference action Wednesday evening. The Diplomats remain unbeaten in conference play at 2-0 with a 5-3 overall mark while the Bears drop to 5-2, 0-2 CC.

Tommy Wenk put F&M on the board just 3:24 into the game with an unassisted goal. Ryan Ridinger answered for the Bears at 9:50, starting a 3-0 Ursinus run that gave the Bears a 3-1 advantage heading into the second frame.

F&M countered with three goals of its own to lead 4-3 with 7:34 left to the break. Miller got his first at 11:09 in the second and hooked up with Billy Kempner almost three minutes later for his second tally of the game. A.J. Reichert netted one at 7:34 and the Bears got one through with just 12 seconds left to halftime to send the game into the break tied at 4-4.

Miller buried a pass from John Barney five minutes into the third quarter before the Bears tied the game up 1:34 later. Miller netted his fourth score at 5:12 off a pass from Kempner to give F&M the lead for good before Kempner and Sean Kenny connected to put F&M up two, 7-5, with 1:40 left in the third.

Ursinus came within a point at 12:03 in the fourth before Barney answered 30 seconds later. The Bears again came within a goal and F&M responded with two unanswered to go up 10-7 with 6:41 left to play. Jamie McCulloch notched the first score and Reichert picked up his second.

The Bears did not go away and scored twice in the last three minutes with the final goal coming with 1:07 left to play to make it 10-9. Ursinus won the ensuing faceoff, but turned the ball over and the Diplomats were able to run out the clock to secure the victory.

T.J. Tynan went 16 for 22 from the X with seven groundballs while Josh Kanter caused six turnovers and finished with seven groundballs.

Cameron Setian turned away 12 shots and improved to 5-2 while Brian Neff took the loss with 15 saves.

F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats host No. 4 Washington at 1:00 p.m.


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