March 8, 2014

Franklin & Marshall Nips No. 18 Washington & Lee

from press release

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall defeated Washington & Lee 10-8 in men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field. The Diplomats picked up their third-straight win and improved to 3-2 while the General dropped to 2-3.

The game was a battle from the first whistle as neither took more than a goal lead through the first 39 minutes of action. F&M struck first when Michael Bossidy connected with Jamie McCulloch at 11:42 in the first to give the Diplomats the early edge. Cam Lewis answered for the Generals six minutes later with an unassisted tally to make it 1-1 at the end of the first.

Evan Bakst put the Diplomats up 2-1 with a score early in the second and Lewis struck again for the Generals a little over a minute later to make it 2-2 at 8:37. Bossidy netted his first of the game off a feed from Will Ballantyne before Lewis picked up his third for W&L to tie the game at 3-3 with 1:11 left to the break.

W&L won the ensuing faceoff, but Nick Wells forced a turnover for the Diplomats and Brendan Kenavan made the best of the situation with goal with just 15 seconds left to give F&M a 4-3 edge at the break.

The Generals quickly tied the game three minutes in the third quarter, but Chad Gamble found twine under a minute later to put the Diplomats back on top, 5-4, at 11:35. W&L answered with a score at 9:44, but the Diplomats countered with two-straight and went up 7-5. Billy Kempner fed Kenavan for the first score to give F&M the lead for good and Ballantyne buried a pass from Bossidy at 6:01.

Cameron Dabir brought the Generals within a score at 5:15, but the Diplomats caught W&L in transition in the final seconds of the third and Philip Gamble found Bossidy for a goal with two seconds left in the quarter to make it 8-6.

Garrett Paglia netted a goal for W&L early in the fourth to make it 8-7, but the Diplomats answered with two straight to go up 10-7 at 5:43. Jamie McCulloch picked up the first goal and Chad Gamble found Kempner for the second tally. The Generals scored a goal at the three-minute mark to come within two, 10-8, but the Diplomats were able to run out the clock and come away with the win.

Bossidy finished with two goals and two assists, while McCulloch and Kenavan both finished with two each.

Josh Kanter and Wells both finished with two caused turnovers and Mike Sanzone collected seven ground balls while Carlos Pelaez and Chad Gamble finished four ground balls for the Diplomats.

Cameron Setian picked up the win with nine saves and improved to 3-2 while Warren Berenis took the loss with seven stops.

F&M returns to action on Wednesday when the Diplomats travel to Susquehanna for a 3:00 p.m. game.

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