Diplomats Stun #4 Shoremen, 16-9
Cord, Cusick Score Two Goals Each in Loss
LANCASTER, PA -- Host Franklin & Marshall College 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 men's lacrosse action today in Lancaster, PA.
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.
Washington scored four of the first five goals in the second half to claw back to within a goal at 9-8 following an unassisted tally by senior attackman Matt Lewis (Mt. Airy, MD/Glenelg Country School) with 8:54 left in the third quarter, but the Diplomats ran off the next five goals as the lead ballooned to 14-8 on a Kempner goal off a feed from Tristan Miller with 8:23 remaining in the fourth quarter. F&M led by at least five goals the rest of the way.
Franklin & Marshall scored its 16 goals on 35 shots, only 19 of which were on goal. Jamie McCulloch scored a game-high four goals for the Diplomats, while Kempner and Miller finished with three goals and two assists each. John Barney also had a hat trick with three goals and one assist, A.J. Reichert tallied one goal and three assists, and Michael Bossidy had one goal and one assist. Cameron Setian made 10 saves in the win for F&M.
Senior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) and junior attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, MD/Calvert Hall) scored two goals each in the loss for Washington, while junior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) finished with one goal and two assists. Junior midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, CA/Coronado) added one goal and one assist, while Campbell had a pair of assists. Sophomore midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains) went 17-for-25 on face-offs in the game, scooping up a game-best nine ground balls. The Shoremen finished with 37 shots in the contest.
The Shoremen return to action one week from today with a 1:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against Muhlenberg.