LANCASTER, Pa. - Schedules for Franklin & Marshall's spring athletic teams were announced and are available for viewing at GoDiplomats.com. Click on the links above to access each team's 2018 slate of contests.
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The Diplomats open 2018 on the road with a doubleheader against Guilford on Saturday, Feb. 24 in Greensboro, N.C. The next day, F&M takes on one of six teams on its schedule that either ranks or received votes in Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Poll when the Diplomats face No. 10 Roanoke at 1:00 p.m.
The home opener at Caplan Field is on Tuesday, March 20 against Albright at 3:30 p.m. Centennial Conference (CC) play begins on Saturday, May 31 with a road doubleheader against Washington while the CC Tournament is set for May 3-6.
The men's golf team starts off the spring portion of their schedule at the McDaniel Spring Invitational on March 24-25., the first of three regular-season tournaments currently on the agenda for the Diplomats. Muhlenberg takes over hosting duties for this year's CC Championship, which will be held at the Brookside Country Club in Allentown from April 27-29.
F&M's women's golf team is in the process of finalizing the spring portion of their schedule. Keep tabs on the team's schedule at GoDiplomats.com, which will be updated once more information becomes available.
The 2018 Centennial Championship is set for April 21-22 with the two-day event taking place at Conestoga Country Club in Lancaster.
Defending CC Champion F&M, ranked No. 15 by Inside Lacrosse's Preseason Top-25 Poll, begins 2018 against No. 10 Lynchburg on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1:00 p.m. A total of five ranked teams line the Diplomats schedule, including non-conference foe No. 6 Cortland (March 13 in Richmond, Va.), as well as CC opponents No. 7 Gettysburg (March 28), No. 23 Ursinus (April 14), and No. 11 Dickinson (April 25).
Shadek Stadium will serve as the new home for F&M men's lacrosse, with the program's inaugural game scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3:00 p.m. against Frostburg St.
The Conference Semifinals are slated for Wednesday, May 2 while the CC Championship will take that following Saturday. NCAA Playoffs open with the First and Second Rounds on May 8-9.
Fresh off the program's sixth CC Title, and second in the last three years, the Diplomats begin 2018 on Saturday, Feb. 17 with a road tilt against Elizabethtown at 1:00 p.m.
A total of seven teams from last year's NCAA Tournament field appear on the Diplomats' schedule, including a Feb. 24 matchup in the program's first-ever game in Shadek Stadium against a W&L team that reached the 2017 Final Four.
CC action starts off at home against Swarthmore on March 24, while the CC Tournament runs from May 2-6. NCAA Playoffs begin with the First Round on Saturday, May 12 with the Final Four taking place in Salem, Va. on May 26-27.
Men's and Women's Rowing
F&M's men's and women's rowing teams open the spring portion of their 2018 schedules by competing against St. Mary's College of Maryland on Friday, March 16, before traveling to the Bryn Mawr Invitational in Philadelphia on Saturday, March. 24.
The Diplomats are currently scheduled to compete in six events leading up to the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships, which are set for Saturday, April 28 in Lewisberry. Both the men's and women's teams are also expected to compete in the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta, which takes place in Philadelphia on May 11-12.
The Defending CC-Champion Diplomats look to build off a historic 2017 season when F&M opens its spring campaign in Clermont, Fla. against Finlandia on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. – the first of 10 contests over spring break.
F&M's home and Centennial opener occurs on Saturday, March 24 with a doubleheader at Baker Field against McDaniel. The CC Tournament is set to run from May 4-6.
Men's and Women's Tennis
The men's side begins 2018 by traveling to TCNJ, an NCAA Tournament qualifier last season, for a 1:00 p.m. match on Sunday, March 4. F&M's women's side opens the spring season by competing against Methodist on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Mary Washington Invitational in Fredricksburg, Va., before facing the host school on the following day.
On Friday, March 9 both teams host Salisbury in their home openers before traveling to Orlando, Fla. for a slate of matches over Spring Break. The first CC contest of the year takes place on Saturday, March 24 when each team travels to Ursinus for a 1:00 p.m. matchup with the Bears, while the Conference Tournament begins with the First Round on Wednesday, May 2 and concludes with the Semifinals and Championship match on May 5-6.
Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field
The outdoor season for F&M's men's and women's track & field teams begins on Saturday, March 17 at Mary Washington before the squads travel to Dickinson for the annual Little Three Meet on Saturday, March 24.
The CC Outdoor Championships are hosted by Ursinus and run from May 4-6, while the NCAA Championships take place in La Crosse, Wisc. on May 24-26.