LANCASTER, Pa. – The No. 4 Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse team wrapped up the home portion of its regular season schedule on Wednesday night with a 16-12 win against Dickinson. The Diplomats (14-2, 7-1 CC) were doubling up the Red Devils at the end of three quarters before Dickinson closed the deficit to just four goals in the fourth.
Lydia Cassilly and Ally Marino both registered hat tricks throughout the victory, with Sydney Lowe, Maddy Birch, and Lane Lambeth also tallying two goals each. Madison Bray had a well-rounded game with three assists in addition her team-leading nine draw controls. Bray accounted for half of the team's possessions off the restarts as F&M held an 18-14 edge in draw controls as a team. The Diplomats finished the contest with a 39-27 advantage in shots.
The Red Devils hung with the nationally-ranked Diplomats for much of the first half, trailing just 6-5 after the opening 15 minutes. Dickinson held its only lead of the night at 4-3 before the Diplomats scored seven of the next nine goals spanning into the second quarter. Marino tallied two of her three goals during the opening quarter as Lowe, Cassilly, and Lambeth opened their multi-goal nights that same period in addition to Kate McLam rattling the back of the cage.
F&M continued to pour on the goals during the second period with Maisie O'Shea, Marino, Birch, and Cassilly making it a 10-7 score at the break. The Diplomats' strongest quarter came out of the halftime intermission as the hosts scored the only four goals of that period. Gillian Brennan added her name to the scoresheet just under four minutes into the second half, with Lambeth, Cassilly, and Lowe helping to push the score to 14-7.
The fourth quarter saw Emily Mooney match F&M's game-high seven goal lead before Maddy Birch closed the scoring with 1:26 remaining in regulation. Birch was able to turn the Dickinson goalie over and pick up the ground ball before firing the Diplomats' final goal of the contest into the vacant net. That caused turnover was one of 12 on the night for Franklin & Marshall. Mary Pat McKenna joined Birch with multiple CTs as 10 different Diplomats forced at least one giveaway. The defensive effort helped to hold the Red Devils to just 19-of-29 of their clearing attempts. Emily Kitchin anchored the defense with eight saves on the night while her counterpart made 10 saves.
Women's lacrosse will now wrap up the regular season this Saturday with a 12 p.m. opening draw at No. 22 Haverford. That matchup will ultimately be a Centennial Conference playoff preview as the winner of Saturday's contest will be the second seed in next week's Centennial Conference Tournament with the other team claiming the third position in the regular season standings. Both the Diplomats and Fords enter Saturday's game with 7-1 records in conference play.