Season in Review: 2017 Franklin & Marshall Men’s Lacrosse

Season in Review: 2017 Franklin & Marshall Men’s Lacrosse

Schedule/Results | 2017 Statistics | Team Photo | Season Highlight Video | Single-Game Highlights

Franklin & Marshall's men's lacrosse reached new heights in 2017, climbing as high as No. 10 in the national rankings courtesy of a lengthy regular-season win streak, capturing its first-ever Centennial Conference (CC) Championship, advancing to the NCAA Third Round, and in the process, setting a program record for wins in a season with 16.

To watch the highlight video for the 2017 men's lacrosse team, click here.

The season got off to a turbulent start with two straight losses to open the year. However, F&M bounced back emphatically, closing out the regular season with 13 straight wins that included an 11-9 upset of No. 13 Gettysburg on March 29 – a victory that snapped the Bullets' 22-game CC win streak.

Competing in one of the nation's most challenging conferences, the Diplomats were unfazed, picking up momentum as the regular season progressed and adding noteworthy wins to their resume to finish with a perfect 8-0 CC mark. Highlights include a 17-13 victory over No. 16 Ursinus at home on April 15, and Mike Rama scoring with under two seconds remaining in regulation for a 9-8 thriller on the road against No. 13 Dickinson on April 26.

Securing its fourth CC Playoff appearance in five years, F&M earned the Tournament's No. 1 seed and hosting rights, continuing its inspired play with an 8-5 win over Swarthmore in the CC Semifinals on May 3. In the Final, Tournament MVP Kevin Mollihan '20 struck with just nine seconds remaining in the overtime period to down Gettysburg by a 9-8 score and delivered the Diplomats their first-ever CC Title and first conference title since 1990.

With the CC Championship, F&M earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, making its first appearance since 2003. The Diplomats opened at home against Elizabethtown in the Second Round on May 10, picking up their second win of the season against the Blue Jays with an 11-8 victory. The storybook 2017 season came to a close in the next round when Cabrini dealt F&M a hard-fought 17-9 loss on Tylus.

The Diplomats' dynamic offense tallied the third-most goals in F&M's regular-season history with a total of 238. Mollihan, a freshman attacker and newly-minted CC Rookie of the Year, tied the program record with a CC-leading 63 scores. Teammate Sean Rogers '18, who garnered the CC Offensive Player of the Year award, was another key cog in F&M's powerful attack unit. The junior tallied 84 points on the season, which also led the Conference and placed fourth in the program's single-season history.

The duo joined George Briggs '19 and Nick Zenobio '17 on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III All-America Team, giving the Diplomats their most selections since 1995. Head coach Todd Cavallaro was recognized by his peers as the CC Coach of the Year for the second time, while also being named the ECAC Coach of the Year. A complete list of 2017 accolades can be found below: 

Sean Rogers '18 

- All-America Third Team

- Mid-Atlantic Region First Team

- CC Offensive Player of the Year 

- All-CC First Team

Kevin Mollihan '20 

- All-America Honorable Mention

- Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team

- CC Tournament MVP

- CC Rookie of the Year

- All-CC First Team 

- ECAC Rookie of the Year

- All-ECAC Second Team

George Briggs '19

- All-America Honorable Mention 

- All-CC First Team

Nick Zenobio '17 

- All-America Honorable Mention

- All-CC First Team

Tucker McBride '19

- All-CC Second Team

Jarrett Donaghy '20

- All-CC Second Team

Anthony Dougherty '17

- All-CC Second Team