CARLISLE, Pa. – Ellie Werner deflected a Hannah Spiri blast late in the fourth quarter to lead the Dickinson field hockey team to a massive 2-1 Centennial Conference win over Franklin & Marshall College on Wednesday afternoon.
The first ten minutes of the contest did not see much offense as Franklin & Marshall had the only shot in that span with Sophie Carroll having an attempt blocked. Dickinson then found their stride earning three penalty corners and getting shots from Morgan Yandow-Harding and Spiri, but were unable to test Sydney Lippe. It would be the visitors who got on the scoresheet just before the end of the quarter as Jessica Miller batted a loose ball past Saige Stevens.
It took just two minutes in the second period for the Red Devils to find the equalizer as Werner played in a corner that led to a Katie Marthins blast that was cancelled out by the defense. However, the referee deemed that the block occurred illegally which led to Dickinson's first penalty stroke of the season. Spiri stepped up to the spot and sent the shot to the left of Lippe for the 1-1 tie. F&M went on the attack the remainder of the half firing the final five shots and forcing four saves from Stevens to keep things locked at the break.
Dickinson had the opening chance of the second half when Anna Snyder got inside the circle but had her shot blocked. 30-seconds later it would be the Diplomats on the attack as Darby Klopp was denied by Stevens. The Red Devils keeper was tasked with making one more save with less than two minutes remaining when Kat Study was stopped.
Miller went looking for the lead 54-ticks into the fourth but sent her offering wide of the target. DC would cash in at the 4:51 mark of the period when Werner found Spiri at the top of the arc and she blasted the ball towards cage that deflected off of Werner beyond the reach of Lippe for the 2-1 advantage. Immediately after that F&M threw the kitchen sink at Stevens, but she was up to the task as Study had a shot saved followed by two more efforts blocked by the defense. From that point on Dickinson put the clamps down on the away side not allowing a shot over the final 6:24 to see out the win.
Next on the Pitch
Dickinson heads to Collegeville for a matchup against No. 11 Ursinus College on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m.