Franklin And Marshall vs. Mcdaniel
April 25, 2007
The Game Story:
LANCASTER, Pa. - Mark Hild (Denver, CO) scored four goals and assisted on two other, including Bobby Atkins (Concord, MA / Loomis Chaffee) game winning goal, to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 13-11 win over McDaniel in Centennial Conference men's lacrosse Wednesday.

With the win, Franklin & Marshall finally captured its first home win of the season, improving to 6-6 (3-4 CC) on the year. The Diplomats had dropped their previous three home contests, all by two goals or less. McDaniel fell to 7-6 (2-5 CC).

The two teams failed to separate themselves for the better portion of the game, trading leads, but never allowing the advantage to grow past a single goal until the 12:00 minute mark of the fourth quarter. With F&M leading 9-8, Hild set up Mike Down (Ellicott City, MD / Centennial) on an extra-man opportunity to make it 10-8. The Diplomats were 2-for-4 on its extra-man opportunities in the game. McDaniel only cashed in on one of its five chances.

1:07 after Hild made it a two-goal game, Matt Buschman cut it back to one with his third goal of the game. He added his fourth before the minute expired, but F&M's Down found time in between to score, converting on a feed from Sean Murphy (Baltimore / Gilman) off of the faceoff. Downs' goal came 11 seconds after Buschman's third. Buschman's fourth came 27 seconds after that.

When the dust settled on the wild minute, F&M held an 11-10 edge.

Steve Hoffman, who had three assists on the day, erased the lead with a little over seven minutes left. His first goal of the afternoon closed out McDaniel's day of scoring. A minute-and-a-half later. Atkins notched the game-winner. Brendan Kearney (Alexandria, VA / Bishop Ireton) added an insurance goal with just under three minutes to play.

Atkins scored three goals in the win. Down finished the game with a hat trick for F&M. He assisted on Kearney's goal. Cyrus Adams (Nashville, TN / Montgomery Bell) was credited with two assists. Freshman defender Ian Lowe stood out scooping four ground balls and forcing three turnovers. His backstop, Dan Coffman (Annapolis, MD / Severn School) came up with 10 saves including two brilliant stops on a fourth quarter scramble.

Ben Yingling recorded ten saves at the other end. His team got four goals and an assist from Gibbs Preston. Jared Nutter scored twice, while Bill Warner assisted on two for the Terror.

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday at Gettysburg.