Diplomats Finish Among Centennial Conference Leaders in Final Women's Soccer Statistics

LANCASTER, PA -- The Franklin & Marshall College women's soccer team finished among the leaders in the final Centennial Conference statistics for the 2003 season.

Leading the way was All-Centennial Conference second team forward Amanda Zambrano (So., Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) who finished second in the conference in goals (12 in 17 games, .71 per contest) and third in points (12-2-26, 1.63 per game) per game.

This year, she garnered All-CC Honor Roll accolades on September 15, September 29 and October 6, and was named the October 13 CC Player of the Week for scoring two goals in the second half in a 3-0 victory over Dickinson College.

An honorable mention selection as a freshman, Zambrano was eighth in the conference in scoring as with ten goals and three assists for 23 points. The Most Valuable Player of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Women's Soccer tournament for scoring three goals in two games, she led the Diplomats to their first ECAC title in school history.

For her career, she now has 22 goals and five assists for 49 points to rank 13th in program history in goals scored and 14th in points.

In assists, All-CC honorable mention back Kate Gardner (Jr., Pawley's Island, SC/Monsignor Donovan) tied for sixth with five in 17 games for an average of 0/29 assists per game.

A September 23 Centennial Conference Honor Roll recipient for leading the Diplomats to a statistical shutout in a 4-0 victory over College of Notre Dame of Maryland, as Franklin & Marshall did not permit a goal, shot or corner kick in the 90-minute contest, Gardner registered one goal and five assists for seven points this year.

A member of the 2003 Franklin & Marshall All-Tournament team, Gardner now has a goal and six assists for eight career points.

In goal, keeper Melissa Ruff finished among the Conference leaders in save percentage (second, .833), goals against average (sixth, 1.17 average, 14 goals in 1074 minutes) and saves (70, eighth) in 14 games. In addition, she tied for fifth in shutouts with three, while Lauren Williams (Fr., Birmingham, AL/Indian Springs) added one as the Diplomats finished fifth in total shutouts with six.

As a team, Franklin & Marshall concluded the season fourth in scoring offense (1.88 gpg, 32 goals in 17 games) and fifth in scoring defense (1.04, 19 goals in 17 games) through 1,650 minutes of play.

The Diplomats concluded the season 7-7-3, 4-5-1 in Centennial Conference play, to finish eighth in the Centennial Conference.