Cabrini vs. Franklin And Marshall
February 27, 2002
The Game Story:
RADNOR, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College attackman Chris Wathey (So., South Huntington, NY/St. Anthony's) scored a career high five goals and dished out three assists for eight points as the Diplomats opened the 2002 men's lacrosse season with a 13-4 victory at Cabrini College.

Leading 1-0 off a goal by Wathey at 14:11 off an Andrew Kuskowski (Sr., Huntington, NY/Huntington) assist, Cabrini would tie the game at 8:02 of the first as Mike Pape was credited with the score off a dropped ball which bounced into the F&M net.

Tied two-to-two following goals by Wathey and Cabrini's Mike Piccolli, Colin Hanley (Fr., Davidsonville, MD/DeMatha) would kickstart a 7-0 Diplomats' run to seal the game by netting a goal with just under a minute remaining in the first quarter on a man advantage following a holding penalty to Cavaliers defender Brian Felice.

With 37 seconds left in the quarter, midfielder Jon Singer (Jr., Reisterstown, MD/Boys' Latin) pounded a shot past Cavaliers' goalie Mike Clements for a 4-2 lead after one period of play.

Singer, who finished the game with two goals and two assists, sandwiched his scores around another tally by Hanley for a 6-2 F&M lead with eight minutes left in the half. Wathey closed out the scoring in the first half with a pair of goals in the stanza's final three minutes for a 9-2 lead.

Following Wathey's final score of the game off a Chad Tyler (Jr., Newtonville, NY/Western Reserve) feed and an unassisted score by Cabrini's TJ Fairlie, Vandy Vanderwarker (So., Keswick, VA/STAB) flicked a Singer pass into the twine for an 11-3 lead with 7:31 left on the game clock.

Late scores by Tyler and Kuskowski closed the scoring as the Diplomats avenged a 9-8 near loss in the 2001 season opener. Cabrini goalie Clements stopped seven of F&M's 39 shots, as the Diplomats were three-of-six on extra man and controlled 14 of 17 faceoffs to dominate the Cavaliers on both ends of the game field.

F&M, which is ranked 19th in Lacrosse Magazine's annual pre-season poll and 18th among Division III programs in the 2002 Face-Off Lacrosse Yearbook, is coming off a banner year in 2001 as the squad finished the year 9-7, 3-3 in Centennial Conference play under then head coach David Webster. The Diplomats' season record marked the program's first winning season mark since a 9-4 finish in 1996, a year in which the Diplomats placed ninth in the final national poll.

This year, the Diplomats are led by national championship and former Georgetown head coach William J. Gorrow, Jr., who was named the 14th head coach in Franklin & Marshall men's lacrosse history in July.

Franklin & Marshall will continue season on March 2 at Hampden Sydney before travelling to North Carolina to face Kenyon College at Duke University on March 6. On March 9, the Diplomats will visit Lynchburg College before facing perennial power Washington & Lee on March 16.

Franklin & Marshall will open the 2002 home season on March 20 versus Colorado College at 3:30 p.m. Admission to all F&M home games is free and open to the public.