Franklin & Marshall’s men’s and women’s swimming teams each earned Scholar All-America Recognition by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), announced on Wednesday. The award recognizes collegiate swimming and diving teams that have achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Franklin & Marshall’s Vanessa Budd continued to snap up postseason awards on Tuesday after being named Inside Lacrosse (IL) Defender of the Year. The recognition marks the first time that a Diplomat has won the award, but is Budd’s second National Defender of the Year distinction after also being named IWLCA Defender of the Year earlier this month.
Franklin & Marshall College will induct three new individuals and a pair of historic teams into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Homecoming and Family Weekend. The 1964 football team, the 2007 women’s lacrosse team, Peter Bidstrup ’86, Michelle Fisher ’89 and Melissa McDonald ’93 will be honored at an induction ceremony scheduled for Friday, October 20th.
Franklin & Marshall’s men’s lacrosse team reached new heights in 2017, climbing as high as No. 10 in the national rankings courtesy of a lengthy regular-season win streak, while the program captured its first-ever Centennial Conference (CC) Championship, advanced to the NCAA Third Round, and in the process, set a program-record for wins in a season with 16.
Success proved to be woven into the fabric of Franklin & Marshall’s women’s lacrosse program as 2017 presented yet another year of sustained achievement. The Diplomats claimed their seventh Centennial Conference (CC) Crown and 12th overall Conference Championship while advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fifth straight year and winning 15 or more games for the 11th time in the last 12 years after compiling a 17-5 overall record.
Franklin & Marshall’s Paige Moriarty was named the 2017 Inside Lacrosse (IL) Co-Attacker of the Year for Division III, announced on Thursday. The honor is the second straight for Moriarty and marked the third time a Diplomat earned the distinction, joining Jen Pritchard in 2007.
Five gold medals at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships and an athlete competing at the NCAA Championships for the eighth consecutive year amounted to another successful season for Franklin & Marshall women’s track and field in 2017.
Franklin & Marshall football players, families and coaching staff volunteered at the 2017 Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp held at Lafayette College this past weekend. The camp raised more than $130,000 through registrations and donations.
New challengers emerged to attempt and put an end to Franklin & Marshall’s unparalleled Centennial Conference (CC) dominance but were dealt the same fate as past opponents, when the Diplomats won their fourth straight CC Men’s Golf Championship and eighth Crown in the previous 10 years.
For the third straight year, a member of Franklin & Marshall’s women’s golf team earned All-Centennial Conference (CC) honors when freshman Anelise Browne ’20 capped off her unprecedented first-year campaign with a fourth-place showing at the 2017 CC Championships.
Franklin & Marshall’s Vanessa Budd was named the 2017 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s (IWLCA) Defender of the Year for Division III, announced at the All-American banquet on Saturday evening. Budd was also announced as a nominee for the 2017 DIII Honda Woman Athlete of the Year for lacrosse.
Melissa Epstein’s parents were hesitant to allow their youngest daughter to attend Franklin & Marshall College. On the surface, that statement appears counterintuitive. Both Jay Epstein ’80 and Stephanie Simon ’81 graduated from the school. Jay was a captain and No. 1 on the men’s squash team’s ladder while Stephanie competed on the women’s tennis team. They met at Spring Arts, one of the College’s most cherished traditions held annually on Hartman Green.
After two weeks of travel through South Africa, the Franklin & Marshall women’s and men’s soccer teams have returned from their respective adventures through the Rainbow Nation. The journey marked the first time that F&M President Dan Porterfield made the trip, the first time the women’s team traveled to South Africa, and the fourth time that the men’s team undertook the excursion.
Women’s tennis proved to be one of the Centennial Conference’s (CC) best teams with a permanent position near the top of the standings throughout the course of 2017 while earning the program's fourth straight CC Tournament appearance. The Diplomats reached the Semifinals for the third time in the last four years, falling to No. 40 Swarthmore by a 5-0 score to close out the season with a 12-5, 8-2 CC record.
Franklin & Marshall battled throughout an always-difficult Centennial Conference (CC) men's tennis schedule to reach its sixth straight Tournament Semifinal where the Diplomats season ended with a 7-10, 5-4 CC record after a hard-fought 5-1 loss to No. 17 Johns Hopkins.
Slugging their way through a grueling Centennial Conference (CC) slate of contests, the 2017 Franklin & Marshall baseball team battled for a Playoff spot throughout the year, narrowly missing out on an appearance in the Conference Tournament after being eliminated from contention on the final day of the regular reason.
A roaring finish to the 2017 softball season saw Franklin & Marshall claim its first Centennial Conference (CC) Championship and make the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Diplomats finished with a 17-23 record and an 8-8 CC mark, qualifying F&M for the Centennial Playoffs for the first time in the CC’s 24 years of softball.
Franklin & Marshall’s strong finish in the spring season propelled the Diplomats to 50th place out of 442 NCAA Division III institutions in the final 2016-17 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. F&M earned a record total of 350 points, the most in school history for the third-straight year while finishing with the highest ranking since 2008-09.
Five members of the Franklin & Marshall women’s rowing team were named to the 2017 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar-Athlete list, announced Wednesday. Teresa Chappell and Leah Issokson earned the honor for the second straight year, while Jillian Goss-Holmes, Helen Nelson and Margaret Stoner all garnered the distinction for the first time.
Another year of strong showings in prestigious regattas awarded Franklin & Marshall continued recognition among Division III’s top programs as the Diplomats became a fixture in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Poll, reaching as high as No. 15.
Franklin & Marshall's Rachel Wylie placed 16th in the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute. She fell shy of the nine qualifying positions that advanced to Saturday's final.
Four members of Franklin & Marshall’s men’s lacrosse team earned a spot on the 2017 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III All-America Team, announced on Wednesday. Sean Rogers was a repeat selection to the Third Team, while Kevin Mollihan, George Briggs, and Nick Zenobio all received Honorable Mention recognition.
Franklin & Marshall’s David Iacobucci was named to both the D3baseball.com and the ABCA/Rawlings Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Teams, announced on Tuesday. The honors are each the first of Iacobucci’s career.