'SANFORD, FL -- Attackman Chris Wathey (Sr., South Huntington, NY/St. Anthony's) scored four goals and handed out two assists as the Franklin & Marshall men's lacrosse team overcame a 7-3 first period deficit to handle Keene State 13-10.
Trailing 7-3, the Diplomats jumped back into the game outscoring the Owls 3-0 in the second quarter before reeling off a 5-1 third quarter to carry an 11-8 lead into the fourth quarter. In the fourth, Keene couldn't cut the Diplomats' lead as both teams tallied two goals for the 13-10 final score.
Overall, Wathey led the Diplomats attack with seven points, while Colin Hanley (Jr., Davidsonville, MD/DeMatha) netted three goals and an assist. Bas Solleveld (Sr., Glenmoore, PA/Shipley) and Steve Welsh (Jr., Lewes, DE/Cape Henelopen) both tacked on a pair of goals and an assist in the effort. Kevin Kohl (Fr., Manasuan, NJ/Loomis Chaffee) and JB Robichau (Jr., Edgartown, MA/Tabor) added goals and Mike Down (Fr., Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) and Pat Grove (So., Yorktown Heights, NY/Yorktown) chipped in assists to close out the Diplomats' scoring.
For Keene, attackman Joe Branciforte scored four goals and handed out an assist to pace the Owls' offense. Meade McKay registered three goals and an assist, Eric Momnie tallied a goal and an assist, while Greg Richard and Greg Gonzalez both scored goals to complete Keene's scoring,
In goal, Mike Sartorius (Jr., Summit, NJ/Summit) made 17 saves to lead F&M to the win, while Eric Delisle took the loss recording 15 saves.
Franklin & Marshall (3-1, 0-0 Centennial Conference) will continue the season on March 20 versus Denison College. The game will be played at Loyola University at 4:00 p.m.
Period 1-2-3-4 -- Total
Keene State (1-1) 7-0-1-2 -- 10
Franklin & Marshall (3-1) 3-3-5-2 -- 13
F&M -- Chris Wathey (4), Colin Hanley (3), Steve Welsh (2), Bas Solleveld (2), Kevin Kohl (1), JB Robichau (1)
Keene -- Joe Branciforte (4), Meade McKay (3), Greg Richard (1), Eric Momnie (1), Greg Gonzalez (1)
F&M -- Chris Wathey (2), Colin Hanley (1), Steve Welsh (1), Bas Solleveld (1), Mike Down (1), Pat Grove (1)
Keene -- Joe Branciforte (1), Meade McKay (1), Eric Momnie (1)
F&M -- Mike Sartorius (17/10/60)
Keene -- Eric Delisle (15/13/60)
Ground Balls: F&M 42, Keene 40
Shots: F&M 34, Keene 39
Extra Man: F&M 2 for 3, Keene 1 for 4
Faceoffs: F&M 20 for 27, Keene 7 for 27
(Courtesy Franklin & Marshall Sports Information)