Franklin And Marshall vs. Dickinson
April 10, 2002
The Game Story:
LANCASTER, PA -- The Franklin & Marshall College Diplomats used five second half goals to stave off a challenge by Dickinson College to pick up their 35th consecutive victory over the Red Devils in men's lacrosse, 9-7.

Sophomore attackman Vandy Vanderwarker (Keswick, VA/STAB) tallied a natural hat trick with goals at 25:15, 31:12 and 51:26 as the Diplomats pulled away to hold on for the victory.

Following Jon Singer (Jr., Reisterstown, MD/Boy's Latin) assisted scores by Bas Solleveld (So., Glenmoore, PA/Shipley) and Beau Smith (Jr., Baltimore, MD/Gilman) for a 2-0 lead 14:21 into the game, Dickinson's Jeremy Angell found the back of the net on a low shot which squirted between the feet of Diplomats' goalie Mike Sartorius (Fr., Summit, NJ/Summit) at 14:36 for a 2-1 lead after one period. Dickinson tied the score at two 4:02 into the second period as Dan Murray connected on a drive. Franklin & Marshall answered back with the next two scores as Steve Welsh (Fr., Lewes, DE/Cape Henelopen) and Vanderwarker ripped shots inside the right post from 10-yards out for a 4-2 lead with 4:45 left until halftime.

The Red Devils' Jack Miner brought his team within one with 1:50 left on the clock as the Diplomats led 4-3 at halftime. The third period was all F&M as Vanderwarker and Hanley punched in scores before DC's Parker Sims rifled a shot into the twine for a 6-4 lead at 35:48. Following scores by Singer and Solleveld to enlarge the lead to 8-4, Miner answered with a high shot for an 8-5 score entering the fourth.

Dickinson wasted little time in their comeback attempt as Jordan Seiken drove down the field and laid in his team's sixth goal of the game just 2:34 into the quarter. Vanderwarker added an insurance goal off an Andrew Kuskowski (Sr., Huntington, NY/Huntington) centering pass at 51:26 before Seiken chipped in the final score at 53:01 for the final.

The game marked one of the closest in the series as Dickinson has failed to defeat the Diplomats since a 12-10 victory in Carlisle in the spring of 1967, a string of 35 consecutive defeats. Further, Dickinson has not won in Lancaster since a 10-7 victory in 1964. Statistically, the game was one of averages as Dickinson falls to 1-5 in games in which they have been held under 10 goals, while F&M improves to 4-0 in contests in which they have held their opponents under the decade mark.

Franklin & Marshall (7-5, 2-2 CC) will continue the season on April 10 versus Swarthmore College. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.