FINAL SCORE: Earlham 19, Franklin 2
LOCATION: Franklin, Ind. (Faught Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 10-4, 4-0 HCLC / Franklin 1-7, 1-1 HCLC
THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College women's lacrosse netted 15 goals in the first half alone and cruised to a 19-2 win over Franklin College, in a Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference match on Saturday afternoon at Faught Stadium. The win all but assures the Quakers of a home semifinal game in the upcoming HCLC tournament.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Earlham rolled out to a 4-0 lead with two goals from Emma Lady and single scores by Claudette Roskamp and Meg Murphy, before Franklin answered with one of its two goals in the contest at the 21:34 mark of the first half.
- The Quakers scored the next 11 goals to effectively put the game away in the first half. The Grizzlies tacked on a late goal with 1:01 left in the frame, and Earlham had a 15-2 lead at the intermission.
- Earlham notched four goals in the second half, while holding Franklin off the scoreboard.
- Roskamp finished with five goals, while Lady and Krista Kirk each tacked on four goals with Kirk also getting credit for an assist. Becca Belcher recorded two goals, and Murphy, Serena Pisacano, Raven Thibodeaux, and Alexis Warren struck for one goal each.
- Earlham outshot Franklin, 40-5, with 24 ground balls to the Grizzlies' 21.
- Quaker goalie Jordan Blackburne was only challenged five times, recording three saves on the day. Franklin's Courtney Jones charted 14 stops in the Grizzlies' cage.
- Saturday's win over Franklin virtually guarantees a home semifinal in the HCLC tournament; even if the Quakers dropped both remaining games against Transy and Thomas More, Earlham would have the advantage in any tie-breakers with Hanover or Mount St. Joseph.
Earlham women's lacrosse faces its toughest Division III opponent of the season on Wednesday, April 24, when the Quakers travel to Lexington, Ky., to face Transylvania University. The game is slated to start at 7:00 p.m.