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Series History (Trinity): Franklin & Marshall takes on Trinity for the third consecutive season in the NCAA Tournament. Each of the last two year's matchups occurred in the Final Four, with the Bantams reaching the Finals and ending the Diplomats' season with wins of 11-6 in 2015 and 6-2 in 2016.
F&M in the Tournament: The Diplomats are in the midst of their 19th NCAA Tournament and 11th in the last 12 years. F&M is 30-15 in NCAA Playoff games and improved 18-1 at home after knocking off Cabrini by a 17-7 score in last Sunday's Second Round contest. The Diplomats are aiming to reach their fourth consecutive Regional Final and third straight Final Four, while the program has won National Championships in 2007 and 2009.
F&M's Road: F&M earned an automatic bid into the Playoffs after downing No. 3 Gettysburg by a 7-6 2OT score on Sunday, May 7 to claim the program's seventh Centennial Conference (CC) Crown and 12th overall Conference Championship.
Success carried over into the NCAA Playoffs, where the Diplomats opened action in the Second Round with a 17-7 victory over Cabrini at Tylus Field. F&M outscored the Cavaliers by an 8-1 margin in the second half and were led on offense by Siobhan Burke with three goals and an assist.
Trinity's Road: The Bantams received an at-large invitation to the Tournament, after finishing tied with Colby in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) standings. Last weekend, Trinity downed Babson by a 16-5 tally in the Second Round to improve to 15-4 as the Bantams are competing in their 10th NCAA Tournament in the last 11 years and have reached the Quarterfinals in each of the last seven seasons.
Messiah's Road: Messiah earned a spot in its third straight NCAA Tournament after capturing its third consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship with a 15-4 win over Stevenson on May 6. Riding a 14-game winning streak, the Falcons garnered a spot in the Sweet 16 after surviving No. 14 Cortland by a narrow 14-13 score in the Second Round off a free-position goal with just 16 seconds remaining in regulation.
York's Road: The Spartans earned their sixth straight NCAA bid after winning the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) regular-season Championship but falling to Salisbury by a 7-2 score in the Title game. In last weekend's NCAA Second Round, York improved to 5-5 all-time in the Tournament after scoring a goal with just 20.5 seconds remaining to down St. John Fisher by a 5-4 tally.
Postseason Accolades: F&M continues to be honored for its achievement on the field this year by stockpiling postseason accolades. Vanessa Budd, Paige Moriarty, Maddie Hughes and Sarah Bozzo all earned All-Metro Region and All-CC First Team honors, while Gabby Frank landed on the Second Team for both lists.
Record Watch: Moriarty continues to ascend the ranks of the Diplomats' career offensive leaders. Her 290 career points are good for fifth on the all-time list, while Blake Hargest '10 leads the way with 341. Moriarty's 170 career goals are good for eighth, while her 120 assists are fourth.
Earlier this season, Frank became just the 17th player in program history to surpass 200 career points. The senior has now collected 217 points over her four seasons in Lancaster.
Budd has entered elite territory for career defensive statistics, placing second with 94 caused turnovers. Sarah Meisenberg '09 paces the list with 114. The senior defender is also fifth with 133 draw controls and is 15th with 104 ground balls in her career.
Goalkeeper Danielle Harrington has accumulated 300 saves during her time in Lancaster, good for 10th overall.
Among the Leaders: At 6.0 goals allowed per game, the Diplomats rank 11th in the nation in team defense. F&M also averages just 10.6 turnovers per game, the third-lowest mark in the country.