Franklin & Marshall Knocks off No. 4 Washington College

LANCASTER, Pa. Four players finished with hat tricks as Franklin & Marshall defeated No. 4 Washington 16-9 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field.

Jamie McCulloch had a career-high four goals to pace the Diplomats with John Barney, Billy Kempner and Tristan Miller each finishing with three goals. F&M improved to 6-3, 3-0 CC while Shoremen suffered their first loss and fell to 8-1, 2-1 CC.

F&M never trailed and jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Miller buried a feed from Evan Bakst almost five minutes into the game. Bennett Cord tied the game with a goal for Washington a minute later before F&M went on a 3-0 run to take the lead for good at 13:16 in the second quarter. McCulloch scored back-to-back goals off feeds from Kempner and Bakst to start the run and Barney finished off a Tim Gaines pass to make it 4-1.

The Shoremen made it 4-2 at 12:38 in the second and F&M answered with four straight to go up 8-2 with 1:16 remaining until halftime. Kempner started the spurt at 11:22 and Michael Bossidy struck 1:22 later for a 6-2 score. McCulloch collected his third score of the game at 8:32 before Kempner finished the run with score at 1:16 off a feed from A.J. Reichert.

Washington answered with two scores in the final 19 seconds of the second for an 8-4 halftime score and continued the scoring one minute in the third frame to make it 8-5. Reichert scored unassisted at 10:57 to temporarily stop the bleeding, but the Shoremen did not go away and tallied three unanswered goals to come within a point, 9-8, with 8:54 left in the third.

It was all F&M after that as the Diplomats outscored Washington 7-1 over the final 21 minutes of action starting with a 5-0 run that went six minutes in the fourth period. Barney kicked things off at 6:33 with McCulloch picking up his fourth at 5:42 and Sean Kenny put the last point on the board in the third quarter off a pass from Barney.

Miller netted a pass from Ben Ross three minutes into the fourth and later found Kempner at 8:23 to make it 14-8 with 8:23 left to play. The Shoremen managed a score at 6:51 and F&M finished strong with goals by Barney and Miller in the final five minutes of action.

James King had a team-high five groundballs and caused two turnovers and Scott Beury finished the day with two caused turnovers and three groundballs.

Cameron Setian turned away 10 shots and improved to 6-3 and Ted DiSalvo took the loss with three stops.

F&M went 21 for 24 on clear attempts and finished with 33 groundballs to Washington's 28 while the Shoremen held a slight 37-35 advantage on shots.

F&M continues conference play next Saturday when the Diplomats travel to McDaniel for a 1:00 p.m. tilt.

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LANCASTER, PA -- Host Franklin & Marshall held an 8-2 first-half lead and put the game away with five unanswered second-half goals to deal visiting fourth-ranked Washington College its first defeat of the season by a 16-9 final in Centennial Conference action today.

The Diplomats (6-3, 3-0 Centennial) never trailed in the contest and built the 8-2 lead on an extra-man goal by Billy Kemper with 1:16 remaining in the first half. Washington (8-1, 2-1) cut the lead to 8-4 with a pair of goals in the final 20 seconds of the half, including the first goal of the season for junior long-stick midfielder Jonny Poe (Coronado, CA/Coronado) off an assist from junior attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) with three seconds left.

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