Season in Review: 2019 F&M Men’s Lacrosse

Season in Review: 2019 F&M Men’s Lacrosse

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An electric offense led Franklin & Marshall's 2019 men's lacrosse team to its sixth Centennial Conference (CC) Playoff appearance in the last seven seasons, a consistent ranking within the nation's top-20, and second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years.

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The Diplomats averaged a staggering 14.44 goals per game, good for the most among all Centennial competitors, and were fifth in the country in man-up scoring efficiency at 49 percent. No other Division III institution turned the ball over less than F&M, as the program averaged a mere 14.83 per game.

Following a tough opening-game loss to Lynchburg in mid-February, F&M righted the ship in non-conference play by winning four straight games that included a 13-10 road upset over No. 11 Washington & Lee on March 2nd

F&M rolled through one of the nation's toughest Conferences by registering a 7-1 CC mark on the year and entered that Playoffs as the No. 1 seed thanks to a three-game winning streak to end the regular season.

After a difficult 12-11 loss to Ursinus in the CC Semifinal on May 1st, the Diplomats' strong play against one of the nation's most-difficult schedules was rewarded with one of just eight Pool C at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament and hosting rights to F&M's opening game. However, the Diplomats' run came to an end against No. 19 Stevenson on May 8th with a hard-fought 12-9 defeat.   

F&M produced its fourth-straight season with at least 12 wins after wrapping up the 2019 campaign at 12-6 overall, earning the Diplomats' a No. 16 ranking in the final national poll. 

Five Diplomats were named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III All-America Team, led by CC Offensive Player of the Year Luke Keating '21, who led the CC in points (100) and assists (42) while placing fifth in goals (58). Keating's 100 points set a Centennial record that had stood since 1996 as the sophomore attacker became only the 14th member of program history to reach the 100-goal plateau for his career.

Joining Keating on the All-America Third Team was teammate Tommy O'Connor '19. The senior defender started all 18 of F&M's games, leading the team and placing second in the CC with 32 caused turnovers. Kevin Mollihan '20, George Briggs '19, and Jarrett Donaghy '20 all received Honorable Mention. 

A complete list of 2018 accolades can be found below.

Luke Keating '21

• USILA DIII All-America Third Team
• IMLCA All-Region Second Team
• Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year
• All-Centennial Conference First Team

Tommy O'Connor '19

• USILA DIII All-America Third Team
• IMCLA Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team
• All-Centennial Conference First Team
• USILA Senior All-Star Game

Jarrett Donaghy '20

• USILA DIII All-America Honorable Mention
• IMCLA Mid-Atlantic Region Honorable Mention
• All-Centennial Conference First Team
• Academic All-Centennial

Kevin Mollihan '20

• USILA DIII All-America Honorable Mention
• All-Centennial Conference First Team

George Briggs '19

• USILA DIII All-America Honorable Mention
• IMCLA Mid-Atlantic Region Honorable Mention
• All-Centennial Conference Second Team

Ellis Llewellyn '19

• All-Centennial Conference Second Team

A.J. Rigsby '21

• All-Centennial Conference Honorable Mention

Jack Beatty '21

• All-Centennial Conference Honorable Mention