Top 10 roundup
No. 1 Franklin & Marshall rallies in win; No. 4 William Smith upset
No. 1 Franklin & Marshall 2, Muhlenburg 1
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A pair of scores in the second half erased an early deficit in the opening frame as Franklin & Marshall edged out Muhlenberg 2-1 on Friday evening in Centennial Conference (CC) play. The victory improved the Diplomats to 11-1, 6-0 CC on the season, while the Mules fell to 4-7, 3-3 CC.
The conference win marks the 29th consecutive CC regular-season victory for F&M, the second-longest streak in conference history behind only a 44-game stretch courtesy of Ursinus from 2003-07.
F&M was forced to play from behind after Muhlenberg took the 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when a deflected shot off a penalty corner found its way into the back of the cage.
Unable to light the scoreboard after 35 minutes of play, the Diplomats found success in the early going of the second when Katie Cecere scored the equalizer just six minutes into the frame.
Cecere tallied her ninth of the season when she tipped in a Juliet Dalton offering to make the score 1-1. Eleven minutes later, Lauren Eastman found space in front of the cage and tipped in a Cecere shot for her fourth goal of the year to put F&M out in front at 2-1.
Stingy defense allowed only two shots for the remainder of the contest as the Diplomats hung on for the victory. Avery Koep (11-1) earned the win after registering three saves on the evening.
No. 2 Montclair State 2, No. TCNJ 1
Montclair, N.J. -- Freshman Arielle Galgano and senior Stephanie Lewiseach scored a goal as Montclair State knocked off TCNJ 2-1 at Sprague Field on Friday evening.
The Red Hawks (12-1, 3-1 NJAC) won their second consecutive as they defeated the Lions for the second consecutive year. It is the first time that MSU has recorded back-to-back wins against TCNJ since the 1979 and '80 campaigns.
No. 16 Rochester 3, No. 4 William Smith 1
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Rochester turned the tables on William Smith earning a key 3-1 Liberty League victory on Friday evening.
The win was just Rochester's second against the Herons in the previous 30 games between the schools, the other coming in 2009 also at UR's Fauver Stadium. William Smith holds a 34-6-1 edge in the all-time series.
Rochester moves to 4-0 in the Liberty League (11-2 overall) for the first time in program history while William Smith suffers its first loss on the season (10-1, 3-1 Liberty League).
Rochester's victory exacts some revenge from last year when the Herons defeated the Yellowjackets twice, once coming the the Liberty League championship game.
Freshman Callie Fisher was able to strike early for the Yellowjackets, scoring just 55 seconds into the contest when she scooped in a loose ball in front past Heron goalkeeper Amy Feda.
Rochester would then double the lead with 14 minutes remaining in the half when junior Gina Cunningham settled a hard shot from Lindsey Randall right in front of the Heron goal. She was then able to push her shot just to the left of Feda for a 2-0 Yellowjacket lead.
The Herons would then get on the board with a little more than seven minutes left in the half. It was William Smith's Alessandra Patrizio who tipped in a shot from the point from teammate Margaret McConnell, cutting the UR lead to 2-1.
Rochester finally was able to break through at 43:23 when Michelle Relin was able to get free in the center of the circle and fire a hard eight-yard shot past Feda for a 3-1 lead.
Starting keeper Madison Wagner and Lamberti each made five saves in the Rochester cage with Wagner picking up the win.