May 3, 2010

Five Diplomats Named All-Centennial

Complete Team

LANCASTER, Pa. – Five members of the Centennial Conference Women's lacrosse Championship team were named to the All-Centennial team when it was released on Monday. Franklin & Marshall, winners of four consecutive conference championships, placed three players on the first team and a pair on the second team.

Seniors Paulette Cutruzzula, Blake Hargest, and Lidia Sanza were each named to the Centennial's First Team. Meredith Lussier and Cat Serpe were named to the Second Team. The league's head coaches select the teams.

Cutruzzula, an honorable mention choice in 2009, led a Diplomats' defense that posted the league's and one of the nation's top goals against averages at 6.53. The Diplomats put up a pair of shutouts, including the first in Centennial tournament history. Cutruzzula caused 14 turnovers and grabbed 18 ground balls.

In spite of being the conference's all-time leading point producer, Hargest is making her first appearance on the first team on attack. One of two Division III Tewaaraton Award nominees, Hargest led the conference in points per game at 4.93 and assists per game at 2.20 per contest. She was eighth in the league in goals per game at 2.73. The senior amassed 45 goals and 33 assists for a team best 78 points. Her 29 draw controls were second on the F&M roster. Hargest, who scored on two-thirds of her shots in 2010, and McDaniel's Brittany Baer were the only unanimous First Team selections.

Sanza owned the nation's fifth best goals against average at 6.82 heading into the championship weekend. It dropped to 6.42 by the time her team collected its fourth consecutive Centennial title. The senior is making her second First Team appearance in as many years, stopping 52.7 of the shots fired at her.

Lussier makes her first All-Centennial appearance as a Second Team attack after rolling up 50 goals and 25 assists. Her 3.07 goals and 4.29 goals per game ranks fourth in the league, while her 1.21 assists per game ranked ninth. Lussier rolled up five goals and an equal amount of assists during the league championship weekend. She factored into all four goals in F&M's game-tying run vs. Gettysburg in the final, assisting on three goals and scoring the equalizer on her own. She has provided a team-high five game-winning goals to this point in the season.

Serpe is also making her first All-Centennial appearance on the Second Team. The sophomore midfielder led all field players on F&M's roster with 28 ground balls. Her 16 caused turnovers were third on the team. Serpe helped out on the offense with 21 goals on 38 shots and assisted. Her three game-winning goals were second on the team.

As has been the case throughout the Diplomats' four-year run on the conference, the league runner-up, Gettysburg, dominated the all-conference voting, landing seven players on the all-league teams. The Bullets produced four All-Centennial Conference First team selections and took home the Player of the Year Award for the fifth consecutive year.

By virtue of the win over Gettysburg in the conference championship game, F&M is guaranteed a spot in the NCAA postseason field for the fifth consecutive season and 13th overall. F&M has played in the NCAA Division III National Championship game in each of the past three years, winning the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Championships. The Diplomats have produced five Division III Attack of the Year awards from two organizations, two Goalie of the Year awards, a Midfielder of the Year award and a Defensive Player of the Year award over the past three seasons. In 2009, Jen Pritchard was named the Honda Division III Player of the Year.