Franklin And Marshall vs. Washington College
April 21, 2007
The Game Story:
LANCASTER, Pa. - #17 Washington College scored three goals in the final 86 seconds of the game to sneak away with a 6-5 win over Franklin & Marshall at Sponaugle-Williamson Field on Saturday. The final tally, banged home by Chris Read on a Kolyn Kirby feed hit the top left portion of the net as the final horn blasted.

F&M appeared to have shut the door on the Shoremen when Dan Coffman (Annapolis, MD / Severn School) came up with a phenomenal save on a Jimmy Kielek shot destined for the bottom corner late in the fourth quarter. Brian Williamson (Bedford Hills, NY / Fox Lane) picked up the loose ball, and quickly pushed it up the field where Mark Hild (Denver, CO / Denver East) made it a 5-3 game with 2:20 left to play.

A minute later at the other Kielek's shot sailed wide, and Coffman gave chase. The play scrambled around the to the opposite side of the net, where Kirby scooped the ball into the stick of Andrew Generazio, who fired it home into an open net from 13 yards out making it 5-4.

Casey O'Connor won the ensuing faceoff and drew a tripping call from F&M's faceoff specialist, Sean Murphy (Baltimore / Gilman), but Ian Lowe (Merion Station, PA / Brooks School) forced a turnover with 38 seconds left in the game. Coffman hurled it the length of the field when Washington keeper Gordon Cohen picked it up. He hurried the ball up-field where Generazio hit a running Kirby who was crossing the net fro m left to right. Kriby took the feed, and fired a shot six inches off of the ground behind his legs to knot the game at 5-5 with 12 seconds showing.

O'Connor won the final faceoff and Washington forced the issue, with Read firing his game-winning shot in the final second.

Kirby finished the game with one goal and three assists, while Generazio scored a pair and assisted on another. F&M got two goals from Cyrus Adams (Nashville, TN / Montgomery Bell). Coffman acrobatically turned away six shots in the F&M net, while Cohen fended off 13 Diplomat advances.

The loss was F&M's fourth by one goal this season. Five of the six losses have been decided by two goals or less.

F&M now owns a 5-6 (2-4 CC) record, while Washington keeps its playoff hopes alive at 10-4 (5-3 CC). The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday against McDaniel. That game will be played at Franklin & Marshall.