Franklin And Marshall vs. Kenyon
March 16, 2005
The Game Story:
SANFORD, FL -- Attackman Cyrus Adams (So., Nashville, TN/Montgomery Bell) scored eight goals and attackman Steve Welsh (Sr., Lewes, DE/Cape Henelopen) tallied two goals and seven assists as the Franklin & Marshall College men’s lacrosse team defeated Kenyon College 18-8 in non-conference spring break action in Florida.

Historically, Adams’ performance marks the seventh time in school history that a player has scored eight or more goals in a game as he joins Don Gervais ’96 (8 in 1994), Dan Garrett ’87 (8 in 1987), William O’Leary ’77 (8 in 1977) and Geoff Becker ’68 (8 in 1968) for the third most goals scored in a game. Chris Mergardt ’96 holds the school record and runner-up mark as he scored 13 goals in a 1995 game and tallied nine goals in a 1994 game.

Further, Welsh made history as his two goals and seven assists raise his career scoring total to 71 goals and 80 assists for 151 points as he surpassed Peter Schaffer ’84 (74) and John Lopez-Ona ’79 (76) to tie Jeb Barrows ’88 (80) for fifth in career assists at the College. In addition, Welsh now ranks eighth in career points at F&M as he surpassed Jon Singer ’03 (147) and Bill Levy ’78 (150) against the Lords.

Leading 11-4 at halftime, F&M turned up the pressure in the third quarter as Welsh buried an unassisted goal at 13:11 before midfielder Colin Hanley (Sr., Davidsonville, MD/DeMatha) added an unassisted goal at 12:41 for a 13-4 lead. The Diplomats expanded the lead at 9:47 as Adams finished a feed from Welsh for a 14-4 margin.

The Lords countered as Brad Harvey scored an unassisted goal at 9:17 and CP Waite put in an assist from Nate Pritchard at 8:13 to cut F&M’s lead to 14-6.

However, Franklin & Marshall closed out the quarter with three unanswered scores as Welsh fed Adams for a goal at 5:00, midfielder Phil Schellhorn (So., Wilton, CT/Wilton) tallied an unassisted score at 2:25 and attackman Bobby Atkins (Fr., Concord, MA/Loomis Chaffee) cashed in an assist from Noah Wilkinsky (Fr., Ardmore, PA/Valley Forge Military) at 2:14 for a 17-6 lead with 15 minutes to play.

The teams traded goals in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as Pritchard found Harvey for a goal at 14:24 and Wilkinsky connected with Hanley for a score at 13:11 for a 18-7 F&M lead. The Diplomats’ defense did the rest shutting down the Lords’ for the remainder of the game before Aaron Tracy netted an unassisted goal with :52 left on the game clock for the 18-8 final score.

Overall, the Diplomats wasted little time in taking the lead in the game as midfielder Kevin Kohl (So., Manasquan, NJ/Loomis Chaffee) found the back of the goal at the 13:15 mark of the first period. Midfielder Sean Duffy (Jr., Springfield, PA/Archmere Academy) added an unassisted goal at 12:22 and Adams scored off a Welsh assist at 9:03 for the first of four connections between the two players for a 3-0 lead.

The Lords cut into the margin as Prithcard tallied an unassisted goal at 6:45 and Noah Flessel scored at 6:43 to pull within a goal.

However, Kohl hit a streaking Adams for a score at 5:40, Welsh finished a pass from midfielder Devin Hewitt (So., Groton, MA/Holderness) at 3:41 and Adams fired in a feed from Hanley at :50, while Prithcard scored for the Lords at 2:31 as Franklin & Marshall led 6-3 after one period of play.

The second period was all Adams as he scored at 11:00 off a feed from Hanley and at 1:11 off an assist from Welsh while tallying an unassisted score at 5:35 to lead the Diplomats as they outscored Kenyon 5-1 in the period. Atkins added a goal off an assist from Welsh at 10:30 and Welsh netted an unassisted score at 4:07 for Franklin & Marshall, while Kenyon’s Luke Larson tallied the Lords’ lone score to trail by seven at halftime.

In goal, Mike Sartorius (Sr., Summit, NJ/Summit), Will McIntire (Sr., Arlington, VA/Taft) and Tim Kjeldgaard (Fr., Yarmouth, ME/Hyde) combined to record 20 saves on 33 Lords’ shots in the victory, while Kenyon’s Dave Neiman and Charlie Floeckher combined for 13 saves on 42 shots by the Diplomats.

Historically, the win marks the most goals scored by a Franklin & Marshall lacrosse team since the Diplomats posted a 21-3 victory against Ursinus at Swarthmore College on March 3, 2003 in the season-opener.

The win also raises F&M’s record to 3-0 all-time against Kenyon in men’s lacrosse as the Diplomats defeated the Lords 12-11 in overtime at Duke University on March 6, 2002 in the last meeting between the two programs.

Franklin & Marshall (3-1, 0-0 Centennial Conference) will continue the season on March 20 against Denison College at Calvert Hall College High School. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.