Early tallies carry Franklin & Marshall to win
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.
Franklin & Marshall (4-1, 1-0 CC) 2 1 - 3
McDaniel (1-4, 0-1 CC) 0 0 - 0
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).