Brett tallies three
LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall jumped out to a 6-0 lead en route to a 14-8 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday.
Sean Brett (Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame) led the Green Terror (4-7, 1-3 CC) with three goals.
Will Ballantyne paced the Diplomats (8-3, 3-1 CC) with six markers, including four in the opening 6-0 run.
Ballantyne scored 1:18 into the game before Bill Kempner extended the lead to 2-0 fewer than two minutes later.
Jamie McCulloch pushed the lead to 3-0 with 8:15 to play before Ballantyne finished a pair of solo runs to close out a 5-0 first quarter.
Ballantyne then scored 2:51 into the second quarter for a 6-0 advantage.
Sean Brett momentarily broke up the run with an unassisted goal at the 11:25 mark before Tommy Wenk and Chad Gamble pushed the lead to 8-1 with 4:08 on the clock.
Back-to-back tallies from Pat Bivons (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) closed the deficit to 8-3 at the break.
McCulloch started a stretch of alternating goals in the third quarter.
Timothy McNichol (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) scored six minutes after McCulloch before Michael Bossidy made it a 10-4 game with 5:09 showing.
Brett and Bossidy traded goals 1 minute, 4 seconds apart to make it an 11-5 game at the end of the period.
Ballantyne stretched the lead to 12-5 before Brett and Matt Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J./Immaculata) scored back-to-back to trim the deficit to five with 9:27 to play.
Phillip Gamble and Ballantyne pushed the lead back to seven, however, four minutes later before McNichol scored a man-up goal with 3:22 to play to set the final margin.
Bivons added six ground balls to his two goals.
McDaniel returns to action at Swarthmore on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.