#5 Diplomats Shut Down #9 Spartans in Top 10 Dual

YORK, PA – The York College Spartans dropped a 9-3 decision to Franklin & Marshall in a battle of top ten nationally ranked squads on a sunny but very crisp late winter Wednesday in York.

The Diplomats, who are ranked fifth in the country, improve to 3-0 for the year. The Spartans, who are ranked ninth in the nation, fall to 2-1 with the setback.

The Diplomats raced out to a 3-0 lead as they scored the opening three goals of the contest. Mary Mitchell scored at 26:39. Brittany Jorgenson found the back of the cage with 17:40 left in the first half and Emily Everdell completed the spurt with a goal just over three minutes later.

The Spartans got on the board with a Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) free position shot with 13:33 left in the half but the Diplomats finished the half with a flourish. F&M scored four more times in the final 10:18 of the half to take a commanding 7-1 lead to the break.

York cut the lead to 7-3 with goals from Jocelyn Hudson (York, Pa./Central York) and Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) but it wouldn't be enough as Franklin & Marshall answered with two goals in the final 6:39 to provide for the final six-goal margin of victory.

The three goals ties the lowest Spartan offensive output in the last six seasons.

Everdell led the Diplomats as she tallied three goals on five shots. Caroline Krohn added three points on two goals and an assist. Mitchell chipped in with a goal and an assist. Caroline Doran led the Diplomats with four ground balls while she also had a caused turnover.

The Spartans' lone multiple point scorer was senior Melissa Ritchey (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) as she dished out two assists. Castle, Mulford, and Hudson scored the Spartans goals. Castle collected a team-high four ground balls while she also notched two draw controls and three caused turnovers. Hudson led York with three draws in the game.

The Diplomats dominated the offensive statistics as they outshot York 31-13 while they also scored on 3-of-8 free position shots. York turned the ball over 20 times while F&M had 14 miscues. The Diplomats edged the Spartans 18-17 in total ground balls.

Kelsey Hoffman earned the win in cage for the Diplomats as she registered seven saves in her 60 minutes in goal.

Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) played well for York as she notched 12 saves on the 31 F&M shots. She allowed the nine goals as she went the distance in cage for York.

The Spartans will need to bounce back quickly as #20 Ithaca College comes to York for a Saturday afternoon contest. First draw is set for 12:00 pm at Kinsley Field.

Jocelyn Hudson photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers