Franklin & Marshall Dominates 2nd Half to Nip #19 Gettysburg

LANCASTER, Pa. Tristan Miller buried a pass from Billy Kempner with 17 seconds left to give Franklin & Marshall a 12-11 victory over Gettysburg in Centennial Conference action Wednesday evening.

The victory secures F&M at least the two-seed in the CC Playoffs and the right to host next Wednesday with the potential of securing the top spot with a win on Saturday against Dickinson. The playoff berth is the first for the Diplomats since 2005.

Gettysburg (8-6, 4-2 CC) jumped out to an early 2-0 edge seven minutes into the game before Tommy Wenk found Kempner with 57 seconds left in the second to make it 2-1. Robby Maddux tied the game 54 seconds later for a 3-1 score at the end of the first.

The Bullets opened the second with two unanswered scores and went up 5-1 at 11:10. Kempner tallied an unassisted score at 10:57 before Gettysburg put two more through for a 7-2 advantage. The teams traded goals throughout the final five minutes of the first half with Gettysburg leading 9-4 at the break. Miller scored his first two of the game for F&M (10-4, 6-1 CC) in the final volley.

F&M dominated the third quarter with four unanswered goals. Wenk got things started with an unassisted tally at 7:47 before Kempner hooked up with Jamie McCulloch for a goal at 5:21 to make it 9-6. John Barney struck unassisted at 3:33 and found Miller 33 seconds later to bring F&M within a goal, 9-8, with three minutes left in the third.

A.J. Reichert found Evan Bakst three minutes into the final frame to tie the game at 9-9 and Gettysburg went back on top at 10:02 before Barney netted his second for a 10-10 game.

Bobby DeWess put the Bullets back on top at 6:16 and Miller netted his fourth off a pass from Barney to tie the game at 11-11 with 5:22 left to play. Both teams had good looks down the stretch with the Diplomats coming away with ball after Josh Kanter forced the ball loose from DeWess.

F&M called a timeout with 20 ticks left and Miller delivered seconds later for the win.

Carlos Pelaez caused two turnovers and came away with four groundballs and Kanter finished with two caused turnovers. Mike Sanzone ended with six groundballs for the Diplomats.

F&M outshot Gettysburg 41-27, caused 14 turnovers and went 17 for 17 in clear attempts.

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M travels to Dickinson for the regular season finale.

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LANCASTER, N.Y. Franklin & Marshall College erased a five-goal halftime deficit and scored the game-winning goal with 17 seconds left as the host Diplomats rallied past No. 19 Gettysburg 12-11 in Centennial Conference men's lacrosse action on Wednesday.

The Bullets (8-6, 4-2 CC) now find themselves tied with No. 10 Washington College for third place in the conference standings. Washington visits Swarthmore Wednesday evening while Haverford, fifth in the conference at 3-3, visits Ursinus.

Gettysburg led 11-10 with 6:16 left, but Tristan Miller scored twice in the final 5:22 to give him five goals for the game. The Diplomats (10-4, 6-1 CC) gained possession off a turnover with 40 seconds left and called timeout after clearing the ball with 18 ticks showing. F&M then scored right off the restart with Miller striking from the right wing. The Diplomats won the ensuing face-off and picked up their first win over the Bullets since 2008.

Sophomore Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) led Gettysburg (8-6, 4-2 CC) with three goals and one assist while senior Bobby DeWees (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends) scored three goals. Junior Wes Lincoln (McLean, Va./Landon [Md.]) finished 17 for 26 at the X and finished with career-highs for face-offs wins and ground balls (10) while classmate Jon Maddalone (Newtown, Pa./Rosemary Choate Hall [Conn.]) made 12 saves.

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