#7 Diplomats Outlast #19 Shorewomen In Centennial Semifinal, 13-11

#7 Diplomats Outlast #19 Shorewomen In Centennial Semifinal, 13-11

Hubley Tallies Three Points and One of Four Players To Score Twice For Washington

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 Women's Lacrosse Tournament 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.  The Shorewomen would score the last two goals of the half by junior attacker Caroline Lovett (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) with 3:30 to go in the half on a free position tally and freshman midfielder Alli Dudley (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key) with 76 seconds remaining to cut the F&M lead to 8-5 at halftime.

After Anastasia Mergner scored 1:33 into the second half to put the Diplomats ahead 9-5, the Shorewomen scored the next four times to knot the game at 9-9 with 19:00 to go in the second on a sophomore attacker Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area).  F&M scored the next two times to take an 11-9 lead with 14:02 to go on a Natalie Delinsky goal with Krohn notching the helper, before the Shorewomen countered with two of their own to level the game at 11-11 with 9:45 left by senior midfielder Carly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, Md./Towson).  The score would remain tied until 3:57 left in the contest.

Mergner and Mitchell each scored three goals to tie for the game-high for the Diplomats, while Krohn had a game-best two assists and a goal for three points.  Also scoring a pair of goals for F&M was Saliba.  In goal, Kelsey Hoffman made three saves in the win.  Samantha Blicht had five caused turnovers to lead all players, while Bonfiglio had three ground balls to tie for game-high.

For the Shorewomen, Hubley tied with Krohn, Mergner and Mitchell for game-high in points with three on two goals and one helper.  Eisenbrandt, Lovett and freshman midfielder Katherine Vincent (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) each had two goals for Washington.  In net, freshman goalkeeper Allison Remenapp (Woodbine, Md./Century) made five saves.  Dudley had three ground balls to tie for tops in the game, while junior defender Liz Godorov (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) had three caused turnovers to lead WC.

The Diplomats owned a 27-17 edge in shots in the game and won 16 of the game's 26 draw controls.  F&M was 10-for-13 in clears, while Washington was 12-for-14.  Washington scored on both of its free position chances, while F&M was 1-for-3.  The Diplomats had 14 ground balls to 11 for the Shorewomen.

Today marked the final game for Eisenbrandt and fellow seniors, defender Meredith Callis (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School), midfielder Kathleen Maleski (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll), goalkeeper Rachelle Martinez (Silver Spring, Md./Northwood), attacker Laura Nicely (Baltimore, Md./Institute of Notre Dame), attacker Sydney Slavin (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) and defender Jillian Undem (Bel Air, Md./Fallston).  The senior class won 45 games during their four seasons; the most wins for a Shorewomen Lacrosse senior class, and are the only class to be part of four 10-or-more win campaigns at WC.  The seniors were also part of four conference tournament teams and the 2012 team that reached the conference final.