Messiah vs. Franklin And Marshall
March 8, 2008
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE, Md. - Ted Oberg made 18 saves, while John Murdock and Nick Ricucci had three goals apiece to lead Messiah over Franklin & Marshall 12-8 in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Boy's Latin School in Baltimore.

The Falcons (1-3) scored five unanswered goals, including four to start the third quarter to take a 10-3 lead and never look back for their first win of the season.

Sean Oliver scored twice and dished out three assists for the Diplomats (3-1). Mark Hild and Shane Brennan each recorded two goals.

Messiah took a 1-0 lead, scoring the lone goal of the first quarter and added another at the start of the second quarter thanks to Ricucci tally from Jeff Ziegler.

F&M got on the board at the 10:23 mark on a Jeff Ritter goal off a feed from Oliver. The Falcons struck back, but a Hild, Oliver combination made it 3-2 with 9:30 left before halftime.

From there, Messiah tallied the next seven out of eight goals with three in the first half and four straight in the third quarter to take a commanding 10-3 lead.

The Diplomats rallied and netted four consecutive goals in 5:59, including two on man-up opportunities to end the third quarter and make it 10-7. Hild and Oliver had a goal and an assist during the run, while Brennan and Ron Bogdasarian each scored.

The Falcons kept the lead and added two more goals in the fourth for a 12-8 final.

Chris Marcozzi made seven saves in the loss and Jay Ridinger collected a team-high five ground balls.

F&M returns to action on Saturday against Washington & Lee at St. Paul's School in Baltimore . Game time is 1 p.m.