No. 15 Diplomats Escape Royals in Overtime

LANCASTER, Pa. Jordan Barr buried a pass from Billy Kempner with 38 seconds left in overtime to deliver No. 15 Franklin & Marshall a 7-6 victory over Scranton in non-conference action. The Diplomats improved to 8-3, while the Royals dropped to 7-4 this season.

The game was closely contested as neither team led by more than two goals. Scranton lit the scoreboard first at 9:03 in the first, but Barr struck under a minute later to tie the game at 1-1.

Scranton answered 45 seconds into second and F&M responded with two straight to go up 3-2. Kempner found Jamie McCulloch for the first score and Miller fed Kempner for the second with 7:02 left to the break. The Royals countered with two scores of their own and took a slight 4-3 edge into halftime.

F&M came out of the break strong with three unanswered goals and went up 6-4 with 4:18 left in the third. A.J. Reichert started the run with McCulloch adding the second before Kempner found Miller for the final score of the spurt.

The Royals put one through with just one second left in the third to come within in goal, 6-5, and tied the game 56 seconds into the fourth at 6-6. The teams traded shots through the remainder of the quarter, but neither could put one through sending the game into overtime and setting up Barr's game-winner.

Mike Sanzone went 5 for 9 from the X, Carlos Pelaez finished with four groundballs while Jimmy King caused two turnovers and ended with two groundballs.

Cameron Setian turned away 12 shots and improved to 8-3 while Ben Worthington took the loss with nine stops.

F&M outshot Scranton 39-28, forced 17 turnovers and went 17 for 20 on clears.

The Diplomats resume conference play on Saturday when F&M travels to Swarthmore for a 1:00 p.m. contest.

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LANCASTER, Pa.-When Doug Sage took over as head coach of Scranton last summer, his number one priority was to establish the Royals as a nationally-respected program. He's well on his well to reaching that goal.

Today, the Royals put up another valiant effort against a nationally-ranked opponent, dropping a 7-6 decision in overtime against 15th-ranked Franklin & Marshall College. Earlier this year, Scranton put up quite a fight before losing an 8-3 decision to top-ranked Cortland St. in upstate New York.

With just 38 seconds left in the overtime period, senior midfielder Jordan Barr (Hagertown, Md./St. James School) capped off a two-goal performance by scoring the game-winner on a play set up by junior attacker Billy Kempner (Seaford, NY/Seaford), who finished with a goal and three assists.

The Diplomats, now 8-3, also received two goals from junior midfielder Jamie McCulloch (Ossining, NY/Ossining), a goal and an assist from senior attacker Tristan Miller (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset), and a goal from senior midfielder A.J. Reichert (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro).

Senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) led the Royals, which had a six-game winning streak snapped-its longest since 1999 and one away from setting a new school record-with two goals and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) finished with a goal and an assists.

Scranton, now 7-4, also received a goal apiece from junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph's Preparatory), junior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conastoga), and freshman midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery).

The Royals offset the Diplomats' 39-28 advantage in shots by winning 11 of 16 face-off, including 7 of 11 by sophomore midfielderMatt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock), and behind a 9-save effort from senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood).

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