LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team starts off its 2013 campaign with a busy weekend at home, facing Scranton at 2:30 p.m. on Friday before taking on Alma, Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
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The 2013 Diplomats
F&M aims for a return to the Centennial Conference (CC) Playoffs after falling short in 2012. Head coach Bill Esterly enters into his fourth season with the program, reaching postseason play in 2011 with an 8-7-1 mark.
Esterly must find a way to replace a group of five seniors, all of which were key contributors, as well as a pair of All-CC picks in Carley Nicholson and Holly Lagasse. Nicholson led the team in goals (4) and points (8), while Lagasse anchored a defensive unit that registered five shutouts and allowed only 0.84 goals a game.
Looking to fill the void will be 20 returning letter winners and seven starters from last year's squad that finished the season with a 2-7-6 mark. Seven freshmen join the fold, including two forwards, two midfielders, a goalkeeper and two players on defense. To take a look at last year's statistics, click here.
M – Nancy Epstein
F/M – Spencer Plante
D/F – Stephanie Bartner
M/D – Megan Rubenstein
M/D – Kelley Lang
D – Brianna Reid
GK – Amanda McGowan
Players to Watch
Seven starters return in 2013, giving F&M a veteran presence on the field. Headlining that group will be two-time All-CC First Team member Amanda McGowan between the pipes, as well as All-CC Second Team member, Megan Rubenstein.
McGowan, a starter in net for all 15 contests, finished second in the CC in save percentage (.875) and fifth in goals against average (0.79). Rubenstein joined McGowan as the only other player to start every regular season game for the Diplomats in 2012.
The Road Ahead
Following three-straight non-conference matches to open the season, F&M heads home on Sept. 15 to kick off its CC schedule with a match against Swarthmore. Other key matchups include a home game against defending CC Champion Haverford on Oct. 5, and a contest against CC preseason favorite and No. 7 Johns Hopkins, when the Diplomats conclude the regular season on Nov. 2.
F&M also faces nationally ranked Misericordia (No. 14) on Oct. 30 for their final away match of the season.
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