Franklin And Marshall vs. Dickinson
April 21, 2003
The Game Story:
CARLISLE, PA -- Steve Welsh (So., Lewes, DE/Cape Henelopen) scored twice and handed out three assists for a game-high five points as #8 Franklin & Marshall College escaped Dickinson College with an 11-9 victory in Centennial Conference men's lacrosse action. He factored in four straight goals and scored the game-winner with 9:04 left on the clock as the Diplomats (11-2, 6-2 CC) recorded their second straight two goal victory as the Red Devils fell in Lancaster last year by a 9-7 final.

In the history of the series, the game marked one of the closest as Dickinson has failed to defeat the Diplomats since a 12-10 victory in Carlisle in the spring of 1967, a string of 36 consecutive defeats. Historically, the win marked F&M's 11th victory of the season as the 2003 Diplomats became the first team since the 1995 team (12-3) to record eleven or more wins and just the fifth in the 47-year history of the program. Overall, only the 1995, 1990 (11-5), 1988 (13-3) and 1973 (13-2) teams previously reached the eleven win mark. Against Dickinson, the Red Devils struck first as Brian Reed put in a score 1:35 into the game.

The Diplomats responded with the next three scores as Colin Hanley (So., Davidsonville, MD/DeMatha), Jon Singer (Sr., Reisterstown, MD/Boys' Latin) and Bas Solleveld (Jr., Glenmoore, PA/Shipley) found the back of the net for a 3-1 lead with 3:47 left in the first period. Dickinson cut the lead to one two minutes later as Taylor Hare made it 3-2 with 1:09 left in the period. Solleveld, who scored his first goal on a feed from Welsh, scored his second goal at 13:33 of the second period off another pass from Welsh to put F&M up by two. However, Dickinson closed the half with scores at the eight-minute mark by Mike Kirk and 2:46 off the stick of Ed Boyd as the two teams were tied 4-4 at the half.

Welsh took over the game in the third period factoring in the Diplomats' first two goals to remain ahead 6-5. Forty-four seconds into the half, Welsh ripped in a shot off a feed from Singer past Dickinson goalie Tom Wilson to go ahead. However, Ross Koenig picked off a pass by goalkeeper Mike Sartorius (So., Summit, NJ/Summit) and found an empty net to knot the game at 5-5 at the 7:27 mark before Bryan Nolan (Sr., Scottsdale, AZ/Western Reserve) finished a centering pass from Welsh at 6:12 to put F&M ahead to stay.

Trailing 11-6 with 4:05 remaining, Reed scored to cut the lead to four. The Red Devils comeback attempt continued as Boyd tallied an unassisted score at 1:18 of the fourth and Kirk put home his third goal of the game as Franklin & Marshall led 11-9 with 34 seconds remaining. However, Diplomat face-off specialist Matt Capone (So., Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale) sealed the game by winning his 18th face-off in 24 attempts as F&M ran out the clock and the Red Devils upset bid attempt.

Sartorius finished with 12 saves between the pipes, while Dickinson's Wilson stopped nine of the Diplomats' 35 shots on goal. Franklin & Marshall will continue the season on April 25 at Washington College in the Centennial Conference Playoffs. The Diplomats opponent has not been set