Franklin And Marshall vs. Mcdaniel
April 16, 2003
The Game Story:
LANCASTER, PA -- Pete Schaffer scored six goals and Jeremy Freed added five goals as the #13 ranked McDaniel College Green Terror men's lacrosse team shocked #8 Franklin & Marshall College, 18-9.

F&M (9-2, 4-2 CC), which entered the game with the #2 ranked defense in the latest NCAA Division III statistics at 4.50 goals per game, never led as McDaniel build a 5-2 lead in the first period to hold on for the win.

Leading 8-7 at halftime, the Terror's Freed and F&M's Chris Wathey (Jr., South Huntington, NY/St. Anthony's) scored to make the score 9-8 with 12:23 left in the period. The goal was F&M's last for 15:33 before Colin Hanley (So., Davidsonville, MD/DeMatha) finished a feed from Bryan Nolan (Sr., Scottsdale, AZ/Western Reserve) to close the gap to 14-9 with 11:50 left in the fourth quarter.

Following Wathey's goal in the third, McDaniel exploded for the next five goals to stake a 14-8 lead.

The streak started at the 11:41 mark of the third as Justin Merson beat F&M goalie Rob Hamilton (Fr., Monkton, MD/Gilman). Three minutes later, Shaffer slipped in a shot for an 11-8 lead. Joe Ellis added back-to-back scores at 6:32 and 5:55 of the third past Diplomats' goalie Mike Sartorius (So., Summit, NJ/Summit) for a 13-8 lead with one quarter left to play.

In the fourth, Rob Weaver finished a pass Josh Hanlon at the 14:16 mark for a six-goal lead. Hanley scored, and McDaniel closed out the game with a pair of goals and an assist by Shaffer, and solo scores by Eric Williston and Freed.

Weaver finished the game with two goals and four assists for six points, one behind Shaffer who added an assist for seven points in the game.

For F&M, Hanley led the Diplomats with four goals, while Beau Smith (Sr., Baltimore, MD/Gilman), Steve Welsh (So., Lewes, DE/Cape Henelopen), Jon Singer (Sr., Reisterstown, MD/Boys' Latin), Bas Solleveld (Jr., Glenmoore, PA/Shipley) and Wathey added solo scores.

In goal, McDaniel's Mike Korba made 11 saves on 27 Franklin & Marshall shots. For the Diplomats, Sartorius and Hamilton both made three saves.

The game started out all McDaniel as Freed and Shaffer scored unassisted goals at 13:13 and 11:38 of the first period. F&M answered as Hanley's shot through traffic found the back of the net at the 10:55 mark. Seventy seconds later, the Diplomats struck again as Welsh fed a pass from behind the cage to Smith who buried a shot into the upper right 90 of the cage for a 2-2 tie before Freed, Shaffer and Ellis registered goals in the final eight minutes of the half for a 5-2 lead entering the second period.

In the second, Hanley tallied back-to-back scores at 14:31 and 10:32, including a blast through three defenders and over the left shoulder of Korba to complete a hat trick and bring his team within one goal at 5-4.

McDaniel responded as Weaver and Donnie White registered goals to push the lead back to 7-5 before Solleveld and Singer knotted the score at 7-7 with goals at 3:58 and 3:45 of the second period, respectively.

The two teams battled for the next two minutes, before Shaffer took advantage of an opening and buried a shot past Hamilton for the go-ahead score and an 8-7 lead at halftime.

The key to the game was extra-man opportunities as McDaniel cashed in five-of-five, while Franklin & Marshall made just one-of-five. Coming into the game, F&M ranked first in team man-up percentage (19-of-42, 45.2%) and man down (41-of-48, 85.4%), as McDaniel ranked fifth in man-up (12-of-35, 34.3%) and second in man-down (32-of-41, 77.8%) in the Centennial Conference.

Franklin & Marshall will continue the season on April 19 on the road at #7 ranked Gettysburg College. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. on the varsity soccer field.