Comeback Falls Short for No. 7 F&M

Comeback Falls Short for No. 7 F&M

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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.

F&M got one of those goals back before the end of the first half. Abby Straub scored off of a pass from Melissa Gula, cutting the lead in half, 2-1. 

Messiah added another in the 41st minute, courtesy of Taylor Wiederrecht's fifth goal of the year, making the score 3-1.

The Diplomats bounced back again less than three minutes later, as Addie Peters found Erin Coverdale in the 45th minute to get back within one.

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.