GRANTHAM, Pa. – No. 7 Franklin & Marshall fell just short of a comeback at No. 13 Messiah, losing 3-2 in non-conference action on Wednesday night.
F&M is now to 8-1 on the season, while the Falcons improve to 5-4.
After the Diplomats and Falcons went scoreless in the first seven minutes of play, Messiah got on the board first with an eighth-minute penalty stroke conversion from Jess Davis.
The Falcons added one more score less than a minute later when Josie Weaver found Hannah Palm, extending Messiah's lead to 2-0.
Messiah added another in the 41st minute, courtesy of Taylor Wiederrecht's fifth goal of the year, making the score 3-1.
F&M was unable to convert on any of the team's five shot attempts in the final quarter of play. Messiah's goalkeeper, Megan Bomba, collected three saves in the fourth quarter en route to the 3-2 Messiah victory.
After being outshot 11-3 by Messiah through the first three quarters of play, the Diplomats surrendered no shot attempts in the fourth quarter to make the final shot differential just 11-8.
F&M returns to Centennial Conference play on Saturday when the Diplomats head to Swarthmore for a 1:00 p.m. tilt with the Garnet.