No. 7 Franklin & Marshall 4, Alvernia 0

READING, Pa. -- No. 7 Franklin & Marshall shutout host Alvernia 2-0 in non-conference field hockey action on Wednesday night. The Diplomats improve to 2-0 on the year and 7-0 all-time against the Crusaders, while the Crusaders fall to 1-1.

F&M maintained possession deep in Alvernia territory right from the start as it bombarded the Crusaders with six shots in the opening 20 minutes of play. 

In the 26th minute, F&M was able to break through as Maria Guarisco delivered a pass across the goal that found Lauren Eastman on the far post, and Eastman buried it into the back of the cage to put the Diplomats on top 1-0.

The Diplomats continued to apply pressure to the Crusader defense at the outset of the second frame, and struck paydirt once again in the 51st minute as Meghan Barlow notched her first score of the year, unassisted, for the final 2-0 margin of victory.

F&M held a decisive advantage in shots (20-4) against the Crusaders, while also holding the edge in penalty corners (7-3).

Goalkeeper Avery Koep (2-0) posted her 18th career shutout in the win, turning away one Alvernia shot throughout the contest. Wunsch (1-1) suffered the loss for the Crusaders, totaling 13 saves.

No. 2 Montclair State 6, Muhlenberg 1

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Last year, when the Muhlenberg field hockey posted a monumental 2-1 upset of Montclair State, the only goal it allowed came on a penalty corner after time had expired.

This time, the Red Hawks – who would not lose again until the Division III national championship game and are ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll – started their scoring much earlier, netting two goals in the first 10 minutes and going on to a 6-1 win.

Junior Christine Germaske scored for Montclair on a long breakaway early in the second half to break up the shutout. Senior Ashley DeAngelis recorded two defensive saves for Montclair.