Women’s Lacrosse Drops Finale vs. #9 F&M to Miss Playoffs
On Saturday, Franklin and Marshall came out extremely strong. The Diplomats set the pace by scoring two goals in the first ten minutes and continued to possess for the majority of the game.
“They are by far the most aggressive team we compete against,” said co-captain Lauren Jonas ’14.
Kelly Haglund ’15 put the Red Devils on the board with 21:42 remaining. F&M responded with a four-goal streak, putting the Diplomats at a 6-1 advantage. With seven minutes left in the half, Val Hoffman ’14 stopped the opponent’s momentum, while Ella Clough ’12 quickly followed suit with an assist from Clare Manoli ’13. The Diplomats were quick to respond once again and scored two more times before the end of the first period, bringing the score to 8-3 at the buzzer.
Ali Dawson ’15 controlled the draw at the start of the second period, but the Diplomats took possession and tallied two more goals in the first five minutes. Taryn Abbassian ’12 worked fast to cut the momentum and hit the net off of an assist from Carly O’Brien ’15 who then went on to score her own goal bringing the total to 11-5.
Dickinson worked hard to close the gap on the scoreboard with a scoring streak. Jonas, Carly O’Brien ’15, Megan Taylor ’15, Abbassian, and Kaity Moore ’12 all tallied goals, but F&M sealed the deal to win 16-11.
Dickinson’s Senior Day game against Muhlenberg was much different. The intensity was high the entire game, which was in pouring rain and under the lights at Biddle field.
Dickinson led the way for the majority of the first half with an initial advantage of 4-1. Muhlenberg answered with three goals, but the Red Devils were quick to steal the momentum to finish three more times leaving the score at 7-4 at the halftime buzzer.
Dickinson continued to hold onto its lead up until the last ten minutes of the game. It was at this time that the Mules picked up the intensity and scored three goals in a row, two of which happened in the last two minutes.
With the scored tied at 11-11, the teams walked onto the field for a third time to play an overtime period of six minutes. Muhlenberg was the first to score, however, Abbassian made a free position shot to bring the total back to a tie. Once again, the Mules hit the net only to be followed by another Red Devil goal scored this time by Jonas.
In the sudden death double overtime Dickinson managed to tally a final goal off a free position shot in the first two minutes. “The key [to winning] was definitely the overall passion we had during the game,” said Jonas. “During overtime, we were playing in the rain and under the stadium lights. It was exhilarating and amazing,” she said.
The team finishes its season with a 4-5 record in the Centennial Conference, and a 7-9 overall record.