F&M Women’s Lacrosse team starts strong, looks for continued success

By Gabby Goodwin || Assistant Sports Editor

Photo courtesy of godiplomats.com

“It’s a great day to be a Dip!”—a phrase F&M Women’s Lacrosse has been using more and more frequently in the recent weeks. Starting off their 2017 spring season with a 9-3 loss to Washington and Lee, F&M Women’s Lacrosse vowed to make their first loss their last. Nine games in, F&M Women’s Lacrosse has capitalized on an eight-game winning streak, crushing strong opponents like the No. 5 Middlebury and the No. 2 Cortland State.

This past Saturday, F&M upset the 6-5 Haverford, crushing them 14-3 in their second Centennial Conference game of the season. After just the first three minutes of play, the Fords struck first to take the upper hand with a 1-0 lead. The early goal by their opponents, however, gave the Dips a wake up call, one which they responded promptly to. Down 1-0, with an assist by Gabby Frank, F&M’s Maddie Hughes tied the game 1-1 with 23 minutes left on the clock. Shortly to follow, F&M’s Caroline Kolva scored an unassisted goal with 14 minutes left to give the Dips a 2-1 edge over the Fords.
Dominating the remainder of the half, the Dips extended their lead to 5-1 in the remaining minutes. Three consecutive goals by Frank brought the Dips into the next half with a four-point lead and a 15-7 advantage in shots.

Into the second, the Dips took complete control when F&M’s Natalie Delinsky scored an unassisted goal and Hughes had her second for the day to extend the lead to 7-1. Attempting to make a comeback, Haverford scored to extend their lead to 7-2. The Dips, however, didn’t feel sorry for their opponents, and responded with a six-goal onrush over the next seven minutes to confirm the Fords’ defeat. Two goals each from F&M’s Paige Moriarty and F&M’s Grace Norley increased a Diplomat lead 11-2, while Franks and F&M’s Hannah Serling added to the rally to make the score 13-2.

The Fords managed to gain one more, upping the score 13-3, but the Dips had the last laugh when F&M’s Siobhan Burke crashed in a feed from Eileen Cuneo with 25 ticks remaining, finishing out the game with an end score of 14-3 F&M. F&M’s Danielle Harrington (8-1) earned the win for F&M, with four saves in 57 minutes of action, while F&M’s Maggie Hanzsche and Rachel Consoli both recorded a pair of turnovers to lead the defense.

During the game halftime break, F&M honored its 2007 team on their 10th-year anniversary of the season that won the Diplomats their first national and Centennial Conference titles.

Come out and support the Diplomats this upcoming Wednesday when face off against the No. 1 Gettysburg for the showdown of the century to see which domineering force can take the upper hand.

First-year Gabby Goodwin is the assistant sports editor. Her email is ggoodwin@fandm.edu.

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