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Women's Lacrosse Falls to No. 5 Franklin & Marshall, 17-3, in NCAA Division III Championship Second Round

Women's Lacrosse Falls to No. 5 Franklin & Marshall, 17-3, in NCAA Division III Championship Second Round

Lancaster, Pa. - May 12, 2019 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to nationally-ranked Franklin & Marshall, 17-3, in the Second Round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament, hosted on Tom Gilburg Field at Shadek Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, Springfield College, which earned an automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament after defeating Babson, 11-10, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, ends its season with an overall record of 13-7. The Pride came into the game riding a 10-game win streak, the longest such streak the program has seen since the 2015 season.

With the win, Franklin & Marshall, which was ranked No. 5 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National Rankings, improves to 16-4 on the year.

The Diplomats held a 32-12 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, while also securing 15 draw controls to the Pride's seven. Franklin & Marshall also picked up 30 ground balls to Springfield College's 18.

Sophomore Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) scored two of the three goals for the Pride, as Gabby Fogg (Kennebunk, Maine) added the third after converting a free-position chance in the first half. In net, Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) made eight saves in the setback, while Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) and Abby Wylie (Ellington, Conn.) each had three caused turnovers. Additionally, Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) had three draw controls while Stone picked up six ground balls.

Franklin & Marshall jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage in the first 12:20 before Sarnacki ended the run when Katie Campbell (Somers, N.Y.) cleared the ball down the right side before finding Sarnacki open in the middle of the field for an easy catch-and-finish to make it 4-1, Diplomats, with 13:34 on the clock.

The Pride cut its deficit in half just 55 seconds later when Fogg converted a free-position chance to make it 4-2 with 12:39 to go, but from there, the hosts would end the half on a 6-0 run to make it 10-2 at the halftime break. 

Franklin & Marshall continued to pour it on with three goals to open the second half, before Katie Martel (Granby, Conn.) found Sarnacki in tight, who caught the ball, turned, and fired a shot into the top right corner of the net to make it 13-3, Diplomats, with 19:00 to play. Over the next 9:24, Franklin & Marshall would score three more times to take a 16-3 lead over the Pride before the Diplomats sealed the win with one more strike at the 3:58 mark.

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