Randolph-macon vs. Franklin And Marshall
March 19, 2003
The Game Story:
ASHLAND, VA -- Franklin & Marshall College midfielder Jon Singer (Sr., Reisterstown, MD/Boys' Latin) scored three goals and added an assist to lead the Diplomats' men's lacrosse team to an 11-6 victory at Randolph Macon University.

The win raises F&M's record to 5-0 and extends the Diplomats' winning streak to six games dating back to an 18-3 rout of the University of Scranton in the 2002 ECAC South Men's Lacrosse title game. For his career, Singer now has 75-37-112, 25 goals short of surpassing Paul Friedman '75 (99) for eighth place in goals scored in F&M history.

Against Randolph-Macon, Singer and the Diplomats wasted little time in staking themselves to a lead as Colin Hanley (So., Davidsonville, MD/DeMatha) beat Yellow Jackets' goaltender Alex Sklar 34 seconds into the game. Hanley struck again with 12:44 to go in the first period as he finished a Singer assist for a 2-0 lead. Macon responded 21 seconds later as Steve Fuller flicked in a James Lentz assist to cu the Diplomats lead to one. However, JB Robichau (So., Edgartown, MA/Tabor) found Beau Smith (Sr., Baltimore, MD/Gilman) at the goalmouth with 7:48 to go in the period to push the lead to 3-1.

Again, Macon responded quickly as Peter Weeks put away a Lentz assist 30 seconds following Smith's goal to pull the Jackets within one before Singer beat the Randolph Macon defense with a unassisted blast as F&M carried a 4-2 lead into the second period. Following nine minutes of see-saw lacrosse in the second period, Fuller scored his second goal of the contest off a Lentz assist to put Macon within one goal of tying the Diplomats with 6:08 left until intermission.

But Singer marched the F&M offense to the goal and buried an assist off the stick of Steve Welsh (So., Lewes, DE/Cape Henelopen) to put the lead at 5-3. RMC's Keith Rzucidlo cracked the F&M defense for a score with 1:12 to go in the half as Macon trailed 5-4 at halftime. Needing a quick goal, Vandy Vanderwarker (Jr., Keswick, VA/STAB) split the Macon defense and stung the Yellow Jackets off a Welsh pass to retake a two-goal lead at 6-5. Again, Macon responded as Brad Koehler polished off Lentz's fourth assist of the game with 7:22 to go in the period to stay within striking distance of the Diplomats. However, F&M used a 16-2 advantage in shots in the third period to goals by Welsh and Bas Solleveld (Jr., Glenmoore, PA/Shipley) at the 5:37 and 4:15 marks, respectively, to increase the lead to 8-5 entering the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, Solleveld and Singer scored to move the score to 10-5 as Fuller punched in a goal with 3:20 to go and Welsh fired a shot into the twine with 11 seconds left on the clock for the 11-6 final. In goal, Mike Sartorius (So., Summit, NJ/Summit) recorded nine saves with six goals allowed on 20 Randolph Macon shots. For the Yellow Jackets, Sklar made two saves and allowed four goals in the first quarter before F.J. Federico relieved him and permitted seven goals in 45 minutes with 17 saves.

F&M will continue the season on Saturday, March 22 versus Haverford College at the Haverford School. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.