No. 8 Franklin & Marshall Outlasts Women's Lax, 17-10
LANCASTER, Pa. - A valiant effort from the Swarthmore College women's lacrosse team (8-4, 2-3) fell just short, as homestanding No. 8 Franklin & Marshall broke open a close game late, defeating the Garnet 17-10 on Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field.
Leading the charge for the Garnet once again was Annalise Penikis, as junior scored four goals. Sophomore Corinne Sommi was close behind with three goals and senior Marie Mutryn, junior Nicole Vanchieri (pictured), and freshman Elyse Tierney each had one goal a piece.
For the Diplomats (10-2, 5-0 CC), seniors Cat Serpe and Erin Dunne and anchored the team's offense, both with five-goal outings.
The Garnet quickly went ahead thanks to goals from Penikis and Sommi within the first four minutes. However the Diplomats returned the salvo, making the game 2-2 at the 21:45 mark.
After another Sommi goal in the 12th minute, Franklin and Marshall added three more goals to go ahead ahead 5-3 with nearly 10 minutes left to play in the half.
Penikis and Sommi struck again to tie up the game with just eight minutes to play in the half, but the Diplomats scored three within the waning minutes of play to go ahead 8-5 at the break.
In the second half, goals from Penikis and Vanchieri saw the Garnet keep pace with Dips in the early going, as Penikis' strike in the 45th minute made it an 11-8 contest.
But Penikis's goal turned out to mark the closest Swat would get to Franklin and Marshall's lead for the remainder of the game, as the Dips went on a six-goal run that proved to be the difference in the game, going ahead 17-8.
Mutryn and Tierney both scored before the end of the game to make the score 17-10.
Garnet goalie sophomore Michelle Ammerman finished the game with five saves.
The Garnet women look to bounce back when they take on Centennial Conference opponent Muhlenberg on Wednesday, April 11th. Action is slated for 5:00 p.m. at Clothier Field.