LANCASTER, Pa. - The Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse team looks to continue its extended success in 2019 and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season. The Diplomats lost a lot of talented graduates in the past year, including Paige Moriarty and Danielle Harrington, but bringing back three All-Centennial Conference (CC) players, a wealth of senior experience, and a large group of first-years will help F&M continue its prolonged stretch of winning seasons.
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The 2018 Diplomats finished the year with a pristine 9-0 record in Centennial play and competed for the CC Title before ultimately falling to Gettysburg. The women continued their dominance early in the NCAA Tournament, defeating two admirable opponents and reaching the Elite Eight. With 22 players returning, the Diplomats have plenty of playoff experience and look to reach the Sweet 16 for the seventh straight year.
Click here to watch head coach Mike Faith preview the 2019 season.
Paige Moriarty '18 finished her career at F&M at the top of the career points and assists lists and left some big shoes to fill. However, the former First Team All-American has left the offense in good hands, as three key returners are ready to elevate their roles and lead the Diplomats' potent offense.
Sophomore Megan Jackson started the majority of last season's contests and ranked second on the team in goals (37), many of which came off of assists from fellow sophomore Jane Cote. Cote's 50 assists led the team and ranked second in the CC. Cote also finished top five in the Conference in points (70) and was named All-CC Honorable Mention. Junior Grace Norley has an abundance of experience within the attack unit, and will look to build upon her 2018 season in which she ranked third on the team with 34 goals.
A trio of seniors will lead this position for the 2019 season. Senior Maddie Hughes, a former recipient of All-CC First Team recognition, returns to start at midfield for the third consecutive year. Hughes contributed 27 points, 15 ground balls, and ranked third on the team in draw controls with 39. Her versatility and leadership will be extremely valuable. Fellow senior Caroline Kolva provides more balanced play, as she recorded 20 goals and came up with 20 ground balls in 2018. Bridget O'Donnell will help out in the draw.
F&M features two 2018 All-CC team members on the defensive end. Maggie Hanzsche enters her junior season coming off of a tremendous sophomore campaign. Hanzsche garnered All-CC First Team honors, leading the team with 24 caused turnovers and ranking second with 36 ground balls. Hanzsche finished in the CC top-10 in both of these categories.
Rejoining Hanzsche is sophomore Anya Chopoorian, whose All-CC Second Team recognition was backed up by her team-leading 73 draw controls. Her 19 caused turnovers and 27 ground balls ranked second and third on the team, respectively.
Danielle Harrington '18 led the Diplomats in net for four brilliant seasons, and she looks to pass the torch to senior Julia McKay. McKay, despite limited experience, has benefited tremendously from watching and learning from Harrington, and is more than ready to take on the responsibilities in the cage.
The Diplomats were picked to finish second in the Centennial Conference coaches poll, behind defending champions Gettysburg. F&M is ranked seventh in the IWCLA Coaches poll and ninth in the Nike/US Lacrosse rankings.
F&M had the 10th hardest schedule last season, and it looks to be even more difficult this year. Right off the bat, F&M faces No. 14 Washington & Lee, followed by a contest against No. 8 York.
Centennial Conference play begins on the road when the Diplomats take on Swarthmore (March 27). Home games feature the 2018 NCAA Champion and No. 1 ranked Gettysburg Bullets (April 3) and the visiting Muhlenberg Mules to round out the regular season (April 27). The CC playoffs are slated to begin on the first of May with NCAAs starting May 11.
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Follow at Home
All F&M home contests are streamed in HD video, free of charge at GoDiplomats.com/Live and simulcast on the Centennial Conference Digital Network (CCDN). Fans can also follow the action through the live stats page, found here.
Centennial Conference Digital Network (CCDN)
The Centennial Conference announced a partnership with Stretch Internet to become the conference's digital network provider and establish a central location for all CC athletic events. Broadcasts that are present in the Stretch portal are exclusively produced by each of the 11-member institutions of the conference.
In addition to its Roku channel, the Conference will have three new over-the-top (OTT) applications to make broadcasts available – Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Android TV. Home broadcasts that are produced by all 11 members will be available on CentennialConference.TV and the OTT apps.
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