LANCASTER, Pa.- The No. 15 Franklin & Marshall field hockey team (13-5, 9-1 CC) was defeated by Bryn Mawr (15-4, 7-3 CC) 3-2 in double overtime of the Centennial Conference Semifinal match at Tylus Field Thursday evening.
After denying F&M on the offensive attack, Bryn Mawr used a quick transition offense to switch sides of the field to set up the game-winning goal three minutes into the double overtime period.
The Owls took an early 2-0 lead in the contest as they scored in both the first and second quarter. Franklin & Marshall only tallied three shots in the first half as Bryn Mawr's defense turned away the Diplomats every time F&M possessed the ball deep in the offensive area.
Throughout the game, Franklin & Marshall showed its ability to draw penalty corners, totaling 14 in the game. This proved beneficial seven minutes into the fourth quarter as Darby Klopp sent her entry pass to Sophie Carroll. Carroll ripped a shot that found the bottom right corner of the net to cut the deficit in half. Just two minutes later, the Diplomats earned yet another penalty corner. This time, Klopp's entry pass was sent to Maddie Bickel, who's shot was saved by the Bryn Mawr goalkeeper. Klopp gathered the rebound and shot the ball into the open net to tie the game at 2-2.
With just under five minutes remaining in the overtime period, Carroll controlled the ball on an errant pass in the midfield. As the midfielder carried the ball into the offensive arc, she was tripped from behind by an Owl defender to draw a penalty stroke. Carroll took a nice shot that missed the outstretched stick of the goalkeeper, but the attempt hit off the post to keep the game alive for the Owls. Bryn Mawr had a chance to put the game away with under two minutes left in overtime when forward Hazel Miller possessed the ball in front of the F&M net. Miller sent a clear backhanded shot that was batted away by Sydney Lippe for one of her five saves of the night.
The Diplomats finish the season with a record of 13-5 and 9-1 against CC opponents to rank fourth in the latest Region V poll. F&M now awaits the announcement of the NCAA Tournament selections during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show Sunday evening.