Abruzzo's hat trick, one assist catapults Franklin & Marshall into Round of 16
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Kimberly Abruzzo scored three goals and handed out an assist to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 17-7 victory against Elizabethtown in the first round of the NCAA tournament. F&M improved to 15-4 and advanced to this weekend regionals against York (Pa.).
Mary Mitchell and Caroline Krohn both finished with hat tricks while Brittney Jorgenson scored twice and had an assist. Casey Madden had two helpers and tallied once, Grace Saliba scored twice and Kara Stanley, along with Ali Kelly, dished out one assist. Maggie Mae Shields and Christie Huidekoper each scored and Lauren Selawski netted a goal and an assist.
Kelly found Krohn 1:28 to give F&M an early 1-0 edge and Leigh Floundlacker tallied one for the Blue Jays (12-7) two minutes later to tie the game at one. That was as close as Elizabethtown got as the Diplomats scored three in a row and took a 4-1 lead with 13:34 left in the first. Saliba started the run and Mitchell struck for back-to-back goals.
Elizabethtown put one through at 12:04 and F&M responded with a 4-0 spurt to go up 8-2. Abruzzo scored twice in the run with Jorgenson and Selawski adding the other two scores. Michele Grosso put one on the board for the Jays at 4:57 before Stanley found Abruzzo with 3:50 left in the half to give F&M a 10-3 lead at the break.
The teams traded goals for the first 10 minutes of the second with Elizabethtown scoring two in a row to make it 11-6. F&M countered with five unanswered in 14 minutes and took a commanding 16-6 advantage with 3:10 left to play. Floundlacker got her 73rd goal of the year for Elizabethtown at 1:19 and Selawski hooked up with Saliba with 56 seconds left to make it 17-7.
Stanley caused two turnovers and finished with four ground balls, Mitchell also had four pickups while Shields and Kelsey Hoffman finished with two caused turnovers each. Jen Noon had four ground balls and Krohn came away with six draws.
Hoffman went to 15-4 on the season with nine saves while Rachael Waldman turned away 15 shots for the Jays and fell to 9-6.
F&M outshot the Blue Jays 41-21, won 17 of 26 draws and went 16-for-20 on clears.