LANCASTER, PA – The tenth ranked Franklin & Marshall College Diplomats scored 39 seconds into overtime to upset #6 York College 11-10 in a key regional contest at Shadek Stadium in Lancaster on a chilly Thursday afternoon. .
Final Score: #5 York (Pa.) 10, #10 Franklin & Marshall 11 in OT
Records: York (Pa.) 2-1, F&M 1-1
Shots: York 21, F&M 34
Shots on Goal: York 18, F&M 24
Ground Balls: York 16, F&M 23
Turnovers: York 19, F&M 11
Clears: York 12-for-14, F&M 17-for-21
Draw Controls: York 16, F&M 7
Free Position Shots: York 2-for-6, F&M 0-for-6
Fouls: York 16, F&M 17
How It Happened:
• The Diplomats jumped all over the Spartans early as F&M scored four of the first five goals of the game to take a 4-1 advantage midway through the first half. York climbed back into the game with man-up goals from Devin Hursey and Skye Slater. The Diplomats got a Maddie Hughes goal with 3:25 left in the half to take the 5-3 edge to the half.
• The Spartans turned the tables to start the second half as Meghan Fox scored just 29 seconds into the stanza. Celly Arthur then tied the game at five on a third man-up goal for the Spartans 4:55 into the half. Megan Jackson allowed the Diplomats to retake the lead with an unassisted goal with 18:57 left in the half. York answered back with goals from Caitlin Rankin and Hayley McCormick and that began quite a back-and-forth stretch of lacrosse for the two teams.
• Ally Marino tied the game at seven for the Diplomats and the two teams would trade goals over the next five minutes. Regan Cook gave the Spartans their last lead of the game on a goal off a pass from Hursey with 5:21 left in regulation. Jackson and Marino hit York with back-to-back goals to give the hosts a 10-9 lead with 1:56 left in regulation. Cook tied the game on a man-down opportunity with 44 seconds left. Spartan senior Nicole Clauter won the ensuing draw control but York committed a turnover with under 20 seconds left as the Diplomats weren't able to get a shot off before the end of regulation.
• Marino won the opening draw of overtime and would eventually score the game-winner 39 seconds into the extra session.
Meghan Fox: 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls
Devin Hursey: 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls
Nicole Clauter: 8 draw controls, 1 caused turnover
Regan Cook: 2 goals
Claudia DiVenti: 4 draw controls, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover
Alexis Hart: 4 draw controls
Megan Jackson: 5 goals, 1 assist, 3 draw controls
Ally Marino: 4 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 2 draw controls, 1 caused turnover
Jane Cote: 3 assists, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
Maddie Hughes: 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls, 1 draw control
Maggie Hanzsche: 5 caused turnovers, 2 ground balls
Abby Smith (YCP): 60:39 minutes played, 11 goals allowed, 13 saves (Loss, 2-1)
Julia McCay (F&M): 60:30 minutes played, 10 goals against, 8 saves (Win, 1-1)
After winning last year's match up against the Diplomats, the Spartans fall to 1-8 all-time against the Diplomats … senior goalie Abby Smith recorded a career-high 13 saves in the loss … senior Nicole Clauter continues to move up the all-time draws list with her eight on Thursday … Clauter is second all-time with 236 draws as she 28 away from tying all-time leader Leah Schultz … senior Claudia DiVenti broke into the top 10 in all-time draws as she now has 86 for her career … Clauter is also ranked seventh in career caused turnovers with 69 … York collected a season-low 16 ground balls … the Spartans committed a season-high 19 turnovers … York won 16 of the 23 draws but the Spartans turnovers allowed the Diplomats to outshoot the Spartans 34-21 … York has been solid on the clear as they are 35-for-39 for the year … York had just two assists on their 10 goals … York has won 43 of 68 draw controls for the year … York has held their three opponents to just 4-of-20 on free position shots while York has converted 7-of-22 … F&M was 0-for-6 in free position shots for the game … York has lost their last two overtime games and have dropped three of their last four games that have gone to at least one extra frame.
The Spartans head to the sunshine state for spring break. The Spartans will face St. John Fisher on the trip as they play the Cardinals on Tuesday, March 5 in Clearwater, Florida. Game time is slated for 10:00 am.