LANCASTER, PA - The Franklin & Marshall College women's soccer team will host Eastern Mennonite University, Marymount University and Roger Williams University in the 2005 Franklin & Marshall Tournament on September 2-3 at Baker Campus Field.
The tournament first round match-ups will feature Roger Williams versus Eastern Mennonite at 3:00 p.m. with the Diplomats opening their season at 5:00 p.m. versus Marymount. The consolation and championship games will be held on September 3 with the championship game scheduled for 1:00 p.m. with the Consolation game to follow.
Franklin & Marshall will be lead this season by co-captain and 2004 F&M Invitational Most Valuable Player Amanda Zambrano (Sr., Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) who finished last season with 10 goals and one assist for 21 points at forward to raise her career total to 32 goals and six assists for 70 career points.
In last year's tournament, she scored five goals in two games as she scored twice in a 3-0 victory over Wilkes in the opener before recording a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Goucher College.
The Diplomats also return midfielder Jamie Pirko (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Manheim Township) and defender Kelly Cassels (Jr., Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) who each finished the season with two goals and two assists for six points last year.
Marymount University finished the 2004 season with a 12-7-1 overall record while compiling a 3-3-1 record in the Capital Athletic Conference. MU returns it two leading scorers from last year as senior Nicole Koverchick returns after recording nine goals last season for 18 points, while sophomore Alisha Parker returns from a freshmen campaign in which she recorded four goals and four assists for 12 total points. Sophomores Lauren Harris and Beth Dickey return to the net this season as they split time last year with Harris recording a .490 goals against average in 920:00 minutes while Dickey had a 1.48 GAA in 910:52 minutes of action.
Eastern Mennonite will enter the tournament returning everyone but one player from the program's 2004 roster. Returning is leading scorer Vanessa Rice who led the Royals in goals (seven), assists (four) and total points (18). Sophomore Aubrey Baumen returns after a 10-point season in which she scored four goals and handed out two assists. In goal, Joy Shaiebly returns to man the net for EMU as she recorded a 1.91 goals against average in 1645:50 minutes of action between the pipes with five shutouts.
Roger Williams will look to get its season off on the right foot as the team enters the tournament following an 8-10 season and a 5-7 conference mark. The Hawks are led by sophomore Caitlin Mayo who notched 11 goals while dishing out a team high six assists for 28 points in 2004, while junior Brittany Naylor recorded eight goals for 16 points. In goal, senior Meghan Banville returns this season after recording a 2.83 goals against average in 1464:47 minutes of action last year.
Admission is free with directions to Baker Field available online at http://server1.fandm.edu/departments/Athletics/directions.html.