Early tallies carry Franklin & Marshall to win

Jessica Largent © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Jessica Largent © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Diplomats score twice in first 8:55, roll to 3-0 win over McDaniel in CC opener

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Allison McLaren tallied just 1:36 into the game to start Franklin & Marshall rolling en route to a 3-0 victory over McDaniel in the Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey opener for both teams on Thursday.

The Diplomats (4-1, 1-0 CC) scored on their first two shots of the game to take a 2-0 lead before nine minutes had elapsed before finishing with an 8-6 advantage in shots for the game.

Stephanie Thomson (Glen Burnie, Md./Chesapeake) made four saves in the cage for the Green Terror (1-4, 0-1 CC), who were shut out for the second time this season.

After McLaren finished a Chelsey Talhelm pass in front of the cage off a corner, Eileen O'Reilly dribbled into the circle from the right side and centered the ball to Allison Bauer, who found the backboard at the 8:55 mark to double the advantage.

The two teams played battled mostly in the midfield over the next 36 minutes before Kimmy Fisher knocked home the rebound off a saved shot at the 45:01 mark for the final margin.

Naomi Stone made five saves for Franklin & Marshall.

McDaniel returns to action at Stevenson on Sunday. Game time is 2 p.m.

Score by Period                                    1            2            -            F
Franklin & Marshall (4-1, 1-0 CC)            2            1            -            3
McDaniel (1-4, 0-1 CC)                                    0            0            -            0

Scoring Summary:
F - Allison McLaren (Chelsey Talhelm), 1:36
F - Allison Bauer (Eileen O'Reilly), 8:55
F - Kimmy Fisher, 45:01

Shots: F 8, M 6. Penalty Corners: F 7, M 5. Saves: F 5 (Naomi Stone), M 4 (Stephanie Thomson).