Lacrosse teams battle the Diplomats  The Shoremen and Shorewomen both hosted and fell to Franklin & Marshall College on Saturday, April 20

By Isabella Sansanelli

Senior Sports Writer

Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams faced off against the Franklin & Marshall College Diplomats in one of their last Centennial Conference games of the season.  The Diplomats topped both teams.  

The Shoremen lacrosse team faced a tough loss on Saturday, April 17 on their home turf as they fell 18-10 to the Diplomats.

The Shoremen started off with a strong fight against the Diplomats.  Junior attackman Cooper Sloan scored the first goal in the game with only ten minutes left in the first quarter.  Sophomore midfielder Sean Reilly scored the Shoremen’s second goal of the match leaving the score at 2-2.  The game remained neck and neck for almost the entire first quarter. 

With only a minute left, the Diplomats were able to scrounge up another two points and force the Shoremen into a deficit of 4-2 going into the second quarter.

“We started off with a lot of momentum in the first quarter,” Reilly said. “I wish we could have kept it through the rest of the game, but, regardless, I know we worked hard throughout the game.”

The Shoremen went on to suffer a deficit for the next two quarters, getting outscored 5-1 in the second and 6-0 in the third. 

It was not until the fourth quarter that the Shoremen were able to find their rhythm and scored another seven points before the end of the match. 

Sloan was the first to end the Diplomats’ scoring streak 46 seconds into the final quarter, followed by goals from sophomore Matt Schellenger, freshman Jeremy Wilson, and seniors Casey Grieves and Trey Ritter.

“It was a slow start, but we kept fighting,” said Schellenger. “Unfortunately, it was just too little too late.”

With this loss, the Shoremen sink to a 6-8 overall record and a 3-3 conference record, possibly edging them out of the playoffs for the season. The Shoremen will have their next game against conference opponent, Swarthmore College, on Wednesday, April 24. Then, they travel to No. 9 Gettysburg College on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m.

On Saturday, April 17 the Shorewomen lacrosse team played their senior day game against Centennial Conference opponent Franklin & Marshall College. 

The team lost with a final score of 13-6. This marked the first Conference loss for the Shorewomen and dropped them to an 11-4 overall, and 6-1 conference record.

The Shorewomen were outscored in each half, beginning with a 4-0 run by the Diplomats only eight minutes into the game. 

Senior attacker Kristy Grovom was able to halt the run by the Diplomats wuth 18:55 left in the half with an unassisted goal. 

The Diplomats immediately responded with another two goals against the Shorewomen and freshman attacker Colleen Keefe was able to cut their run again off of a free position shot to make the score 6-2. 

The Shorewomen let in two more goals before the half was over, leaving the field losing 8-2.

In the second half, the Shorewomen were able to keep a tight match, going 5-4 in goals scored again by Grovom, senior Cecily Docktor and Lauren Brenner.

The game ended with a final score of 13-6.

Senior Madison Schutz was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewoman of the game, as she garnered the team high in turnovers and ground balls for the match. Docktor and Grovom tied for game high in goals at two apiece.

Seniors Caitlin Donovan, Isabella Richardson, Lexi Rullo, Cecily Docktor, Kristy Grovom, Madison Schutz, Alison Pantazes and Emily Pantazes all competed in their final home match of the season.

“I think we put in a great team effort against Franklin & Marshall,” Grovom said. “I know all of us seniors gave it everything we had on the Kib. Losing to a great team will only make us stronger and more determined to make it further into the post-season. We’re not done yet.”

The Shorewomen will play Swarthmore College as their next conference game on Wednesday, April 24.

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