LANCASTER, Pa. – The No. 16 Franklin & Marshall men's lacrosse team scored six consecutive goals during the first quarter, jumping out to a 7-1 advantage, against visiting Roanoke. They would never look back in their non-conference battle, finishing out a 14-9 victory over the Maroons on Tuesday afternoon.
Christian Sullivan and Tommy Garofalo each registered hat tricks during the victory, with Garofalo also assisting on a goal. Will Mulligan and Cullen Decker struck twice for goals, while Colin Hueston (1 g, 2 a) added three points to help pace the attack. Roanoke finished with a 45-42 edge in shots, but the Diplomats made 18 combined saves between Sage Garito and Eric Mueller while the Maroons stopped just nine Diplomat shots on goal.
Sullivan tallied two of his three goals just 1:10 apart from each other to start the 6-0 run during the opening period. Colin Falk, Hueston, Connor Helm, and Garofalo also scored during that stretch. Falk's goal was the seventh of the long poles career. Helm, who was also 16-for-26 at the face-off X, scored his goal following one of those restart victories as he raced down the field in just six seconds.
With F&M leading 7-2 after the opening quarter, that advantage for the Diplomats held for much of the afternoon as Garofalo and Decker scored the first two goals of the second to give the hosts their largest lead of the afternoon. Timmins, Sullivan, and Mulligan each tallied during the third as Roanoke got within four goals just once before back-to-back F&M tallies. Decker and Garofalo capped the scoring during the final period of play. Garofalo now has a team-leading 20 goals through the first four contests of the season.
Garito got the start and made five saves, four of which came during F&M's huge run during the first 15 minutes or regulation. Mueller started the second half and stopped 13 of the 18 shots on goal he faced during the final 30 minutes. Kyle Craig led F&M's defense with three caused turnovers, while Falk forced two more giveaways in addition to his production in the attacking part of the field. F&M finished with a 43-36 edge in ground balls, bolstered by a game-high nine from Helm during his impressive work on restarts.
Men's lacrosse faces a quick turnaround as the Diplomats head back on the road tomorrow to battle Elizabethtown. That contest is slated for a 7 p.m. start.