The Green Terror (3-2, 1-1 CC) tallied three times in the game’s first 24:07 en route to its third straight victory.
Valerie Sauers tallied the lone goal for the Diplomats (2-3, 0-1 CC), scoring late in the second half to break up the shutout.
Nearly four minutes into the contest, Michelle Fluty (Huntingtown, Md./Calvert) stole a pass and found Kristin Mele (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) in the center of the circle, who hit the backboard for the first goal of the game.
At the 20:18 mark, Smith rebounded a Jessica Largent (Denton, Md./North Caroline) missed shot and scored to double the edge.
Just shy of four minutes later, Lindsay Riordon (Monkton, Md./Hereford) found Smith to stretch the lead to 3-0.
With 16:15 to play, Sauers scored on a backhanded shot from the top of the circle to set the final margin.
McDaniel finished with a 14-9 advantage in shots. Erika Wawzyanick (Wantage, N.J./High Point Regional) made two saves for the Green Terror while Jennifer Burdo made two stops for the Diplomats.
McDaniel returns to action at No. 19 Christopher Newport on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.
Score by Period 1 2 - F
McDaniel (3-2, 1-1 CC) 3 0 - 3
Franklin & Marshall (2-3, 0-1 CC) 0 1 - 1
M – Kristin Mele (Michelle Fluty), 3:54
M – Jamie Smith (Jessica Largent), 20:18
M – Smith (Lindsay Riordon), 24:07
F – Valerie Sauers, 53:45
Shots: M 14, F 9. Penalty Corners: M 12, F 12. Saves: M 2 (Erika Wawzyanick); F 3 (Jennifer Burdo).