#7 Diplomats Outlast #19 Shorewomen in Centennial Semifinal

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Mary Mitchell struck twice in the final four minutes of action to break an 11-11 tie and deliver No. 7 Franklin & Marshall an 13-11 victory over No. 19 Washington in the Centennial semifinals on Saturday afternoon in Gettysburg.

The Diplomats will face sixth-ranked Gettysburg, a 21-11 winner over McDaniel, in tomorrow's championship game at 1:00 p.m. held at Gettysburg's Clark Field. The game will mark the 11th time the two teams have faced off for the CC Crown with each team winning five apiece.

F&M took control early and jumped out to a 4-1 lead 13 minutes into action. Emily Everdell found Anastasia Mergner and Mitchell struck unassisted at 25:38 for a 2-0 advantage. The Shorewomen put one through at 2:40 and the Diplomats countered with a pair of goals, the first by Ali Kelly and the second from Grace Saliba, for the early 4-1 edge.

Katherine Vincent brought Washington within two, 4-2, before Saliba and Gabby Frank scored four minutes apart to increase F&M's lead to 6-2. The Shorewomen scored at the 11-minute mark before Christie Huidekoper and Caroline Krohn struck for F&M to make it 8-3 with 5:54 left in the half. Washington answered with two straight to end half with F&M leading 8-5 at the break.

F&M looked to control the second half with an early goal by Mergner, but the Shorewomen answered with a 4-0 run to tie the game at 9-9. The teams traded a pair of goals with Mergner and Delinsky scoring for F&M, before Vincent and Carly Eisenbrandt netted for Washington to tie the game at 11-11 at 9:45. The teams traded possession over the next six minutes before Mitchell scored unassisted at 3:57. The Diplomats won the ensuing draw and ran the clock down to 15 seconds when Krohn found Mitchell to secure the win.

Mitchell and Mergner both finished with three goals, Saliba had two while Frank, Krohn, Huidekoper, Delinsky and Kelly all struck once. Krohn added a game-high two assists.

Samantha Blicht came up big on defense with five caused turnovers and two ground balls while Mergner finished with eight draws, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Kelsey Hoffman improved to 13-4 with three saves and Allison Remenapp took the loss with five stops.

F&M held a 27-17 advantage in shots, won 16 of 26 draws and went 10 for 13 in clears.

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. - #7 Franklin & Marshall got two goals in the final 3:57 from Mary Mitchell to snap an 11-11 tie and give the Diplomats a 13-11 victory over #19 Washington College at Clark Field in a Centennial Conference semifinal contest on Saturday afternoon in Gettysburg, Pa.

The Diplomats, who will play top seed and host Gettysburg tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for the championship, improve to 15-4, while the Shorewomen conclude their campaign at 11-5.

After a failed clear by Washington, the tournament's third seed, with 5:19 to go, F&M, seeded second in the tournament, got the ball and with 3:57 left Mitchell scored unassisted to snap an 11-11 tie. The Diplomats won the ensuing draw and were able to run the clock down to 15 seconds when Mitchell scored the insurance goal from Caroline Krohn.

The Diplomats, seeded second in the conference tournament, scored four of the first five goals in the game to take a 4-1 lead with 17:34 remaining in the first half on a Grace Saliba score from Christie Bonfiglio. After Washington, the tournament's third seed, cut the lead to 6-3 with exactly 11:00 left in the first half of a goal by junior midfielder Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin), F&M netted the next two goals of the game to take an 8-3 lead with 5:54 to go in the opening half on a Krohn tally.

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