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Roundup: No. 7 Diplomats fend off Swarthmore

No. 1 Montclair 8, Ramapo 0

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Sophomore Maura Johnston scored twice as did senior Jennifer Tafro during a six-goal first half as top-ranked Montclair State opened defense of its NJAC title with an 8-0 win against Ramapo.

Senior Stephanie Lewis added a goal and assist for the Red Hawks, who improved to 7-0 on the year with their 19th consecutive home win. 

Freshman Danielle Butrico put a shot on goal that Lyons made a blocker save on however the ball came back to Butrico who slid the rebound over to Johnston in front for the goal and a 1-0 lead at the 1:51 mark.

Johnston would make it a two-goal advantage three minutes later and Tafro's first with 7:41 gave MSU a 3-0 lead. Tafro, who recorded her team-leading seventh and eighth goals, scored again at 13:55 blasting in a pass from Lewis off a penalty corner.

Senior Brooke Hullings extended the lead to 5-0 at 20:38 with her second goal of the year before Lewis capped off the first-half scoring barrage with her first of the year on a penalty stroke with 10:23 left.

Freshman Gianna Moglino knocked in her seventh goal of the year with 6:34 to play in the second half and Abby Erler tallied her first with 2:04 to go for the final margin.

No. 20 Catholic 1, No. 5 Salisbury 0

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- No. 3 Salisbury suffered its first loss of the year, dropping a 1-0 decision at No. 20 Catholic University of America on Wednesday evening.

The Sea Gulls had their chances, with 11 shots in the contest, but could not force home a tally in the game.

The Cardinals (4-1) held a narrow edge in shots in the first half, 6-5, putting three of those chances on goal, which junior keeper Rachel Clewer turned away. Two of Salisbury's tries were on frame, both stopped by Catholic keeper Megan Comunale, sending the game to halftime scoreless.

The Sea Gulls (4-1) had six penalty corner opportunities in the first half and finished the contest with a 13-5 advantage in that statistical category.

Catholic broke through for the game's only goal in the second half, just seven minutes into the frame when Maura Campbell found Kim Hermann for the game winner.

No. 6 Christopher Newport 1, Virginia Wesleyan 0

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- In a battle of unbeatens, the sixth-ranked Christopher Newport field hockey team came out on top as Kelsey Clark's first-half goal was all CNU needed to upend Virginia Wesleyan, 1-0, in a defensive battle at Captains Turf Field on a brisk Wednesday evening.

Just over 10 minutes into the contest, Clark scored her fifth goal in the last three games following an assist by Lauren Cheatham to put the Captains ahead for good. The defense did the rest as the team recorded its third shutout of the season.

The win moves Christopher Newport to 7-0 on the year, while the setback drops Virginia Wesleyan to 3-1. It marks CNU's seventh consecutive victory against its local rivals.

No. 7 Franklin & Marshall 3, Swarthmore 2

SWARTHMORE, Pa. -- Bethany Vincent buried the game-winner with less than three minutes remaining to propel No. 7 Franklin & Marshall to a 3-2 victory against Swarthmore in the Centennial Conference opener for both squads on Wednesday afternoon.

Katie Cecere started the scoring for the Diplomats in the 13th minute, tallying an unassisted goal to put F&M up 1-0 in the early-going. Abigail Lauder played a penalty corner to Aarti Rao at the center of the circle, and Rao fired it into the goal to even the contest at 1-1.

Lauren Eastman found the back of the cage for F&M in the 30th minute to put the Diplomats back on top heading into the halftime break.

Neither side managed to put any shots on the cage for much of the second half, before Rao came through again for the Garnet in the 55th minute. Lauder's corner initiated the score once again, as Rao collected the ball directly off the corner and blasted it from the top of the circle to even things up at 2-2.

In the 68th minute, F&M made a shot count as Maria Guarisco slid a pass to her left that found Vincent, and the senior defender blasted it home from the left side for the game-winner.

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