Franklin And Marshall vs. Colorado College
March 20, 2002
The Game Story:
LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College's Jon Singer (Jr., Reisterstown, MD/Boys Latin) scored four goals and tallied an assist for five points as the Diplomats' men's lacrosse team built a five goal first period lead to hold on for a 14-9 victory over Colorado College.

F&M would get on the board first in the opening period as Bas Solleveld (So., Glenmoore, PA/Shipley) scored an unassisted goal just 14 seconds into the game. Colin Hanley (Fr., Davidsonville, MD/DeMatha) built the lead to two 35 seconds later as Solleveld dished off a pass following the face-off as the Diplomats never trailed from the first minute to the last second of the game. The Tigers answered as Mike Turner flicked a Jesse Porter-Henry pass into the net to cut the Diplomats' lead in half. Singer responded with two goals and Bryan Kobel (Sr., Franklin Lakes, NJ/Don Bosco) added a tally as the Diplomats pumped the lead up to 5-1 with a trio of scores between 5:35 and 9:05 to hold a 5-2 lead after one period of play.

In the second, Colorado and F&M both scored three times as the Diplomats led 8-5 at the intermission. Bryan Nolan (Jr., Scottsdale, AZ/Western Reserve), JB Robichau (Fr., Edgartown, MA/Tabor) and Andrew Kuskowski (Sr., Huntington, NY/Huntington) all scored for the Diplomats in the period. Overall, Kuskowski finished the game with two goals and five assists, including factoring in all three scores of the second period by registering assists Nolan and Robichau's tallies, for a career high seven point game.

The Tigers cut F&M's lead to two in the third as Beau Smith (Jr., Baltimore, MD/Gilman) punched in a centering pass from Chad Tyler (Jr., Newtonville, NY/Western Reserve), but Dave Shirley and Turner connected on successful shots to close the game to 9-7 with 4:10 left to play in the third. However, Kuskowski accepted an assist from Singer as the senior attackman beat Colorado goalie Alex Ficken for the game winner at the 43:35 mark.

In the fourth, Singer and Vandy Vanderwarker (So., Keswick, VA/STAB) both registered a pair of goals off three assists from Kuskowski and a solo assist off the stick of Nolan to close out the game. In net, F&M's Mike Sartorius (Fr., Summit,NJ/Summit) recorded a season high 33 saves on 58 Colorado shots, while Ficken stopped 13 of the Diplomats' 47 shots. Overall, the game featured 20 fouls for 17 minutes of penalty time, a season high for both teams.

Franklin & Marshall (3-3, 0-0 Centennial Conference) will continue the season on March 23 at Haverford College in the 2002 Centennial Conference season opener. Historically, F&M is 14-1 all-time against the Fords, suffering their sole loss during the 1998 season.