Successful seasons continue to be the norm for the Franklin & Marshall field hockey program as the Diplomats put together a strong 2015 campaign that culminated with a 17-4, 10-0 Centennial Conference (CC) record, their second straight appearance in the NCAA Second Round and the country's No. 5 ranking at end the year.
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F&M was nationally ranked among Division III's top-10 teams throughout the season, reaching as high as No. 4, while producing a double-digit win total for the seventh straight year on its way to the second-most wins in program history.
Earning their eighth overall NCAA Playoff berth and third in the last four years, the Diplomats opened the tournament with a 5-0 drubbing of Cabrini at Tylus Field. The victory propelled F&M into the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season, where the Diplomats' memorable campaign came to an end with a hard-fought 2-0 loss against No. 3 Middlebury.
During the regular season, F&M downed No. 15 Mary Washington by a 2-0 score on Sept. 12, delivering eighth-year head coach Melissa Mariano her 100th career win. Already the program's all-time wins leader, Mariano was honored at the end of her seventh straight winning season with the CC Coach of the Year award, the second accolade of her career.
Individually, several members of the team were recognized for their noteworthy play on the field:
Mary Kate Olson '16
Maria Guarisco '16
Bridget Falcone '17
Anne Horsley '18