Diplomats Roll Up Honors in Wake of CC Title

LACNASTER, Pa. – Three members of the Franklin & Marshall women’s lacrosse team earned individual honors after leading the Diplomats to their fifth consecutive Centennial Conference (CC) title. Erin Dunne (North Brunswick, N.J.) and Kelsey Hoffman (Arlington, Mass.) were named the CC Players of the Week, while Cat Serpe (Essex Fells, N.J.) was named to the Synapse Sports Weekly Honor Roll.

Dunne earned the CC Offensive Player of the Week for her eight-goal, two assist weekend.  Dunne scored five times and assisted on a pair in the semifinal win over Washington, then added a hat trick in the 7-6 title game win over Gettysburg.  Dunne won four draws, caused four turnovers and won three ground balls on the weekend. The honor marks the first Player of the Week for Dunne this season. She was named to the Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll on four occasions and was an All-CC First Team choice.

Hoffman earned her second CC Defensive Player of the Week Honor. She stopped a dozen shots against Gettysburg, including four free position shots. The last came with 2:35 in regulation as F&M was clinging to a one-goal lead. It was the second time the freshman stopped 12 shots against the Bullets. She earned her first CC POTW honor after F&M’s regular season win over Gettysburg.

Serpe provided the game-winning goal in the CC title game for the second time in as many years. It was the junior’s only goal in the contest. She recorded a goal and an assist against Washington in the CC semis. Serpe’s honor from Synapse Sports marked the third time a Diplomats was honored by the organization. Hoffman was named the Rookie of the Week by Synapse Sports back on April 25 for her role in the regular season win over Gettysburg. Maggie Mae Shields was the Defensive Player of the Week on March 28 after F&M knocked Washington and Salisbury from the ranks of the unbeaten.

By virtue of its CC title, Franklin & Marshall earned an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship. The field will be announced this Sunday evening. F&M has appeared in the NCAA tourney 14 times and the final four in each of the past four seasons. The Diplomats won the 2007 and 2009 Division III National Championships.