Five Diplomats Earn All-CC Recognition; Budd Named Defensive POTY

Five Diplomats Earn All-CC Recognition; Budd Named Defensive POTY

LANCASTER, Pa. – Five Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse players earned All-Centennial Conference (CC) recognition, announced on Tuesday by the conference office. Vanessa Budd earned CC Defensive Player of the Year Honors and joined Paige Moriarty, Maddie Hughes, and Sarah Bozzo on the First Team, while Gabby Frank was named to the Second Team.

The four First Team picks led all CC Teams, giving the Diplomats 68 all-time. That mark is tied for the most in the Conference with Gettysburg.

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Budd (Darien, Conn. / Darien) was named the Conference's best defender for a second time after also earning the nod in 2015. A Diplomat player has now won the award in each of the last three seasons, after Sam Blicht was recognized in 2016, with Budd becoming the first player to win Defensive Player of the Year twice and the second player overall to receive a pair of POTY honors. The senior has caused a CC-best 29 turnovers and leads the Diplomats with 28 ground balls to earn a unanimous First Team selection, becoming the 19th player in Conference history to be named to the First Team on three occasions.

Moriarty (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) also earned a unanimous selection to the First Team in her third appearance on the All-Conference list. The junior attacker has now earned All-CC honors in each of her three seasons after being named to the First Team last year and Second Team as a freshman in 2015. She currently has 91 points on the year to lead the CC, and is the only player to eclipse 80 points. Her 48 goals place her fifth in the Centennial and her 43 assists are good for second.

Bozzo (Mountain Lakes, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) earned her fourth All-CC recognition, receiving First Team honors once before in 2014 and landing on the Second Team in 2015 and 2016. She ranks second on the team with 26 ground balls and third in caused turnovers with 16, playing at the heart of an F&M defense that ranks first in the CC with 159 caused turnovers and second in the Centennial (11th in the nation) with 5.91 goals allowed per game.

Hughes (Wilmington, Del. / Ursuline Academy) earned All-Conference honors for the first time as a sophomore midfielder, landing on the First Team. She ranks second on the team with 31 goals and third with 39 points, while her 17 caused turnovers are second on the team and her 23 ground balls rank fifth.

Frank (Moorestown, N.J. / Moorestown) landed on the All-CC team for the third time and the Second Team for the first time after receiving Honorable Mention in 2016 and 2015. The senior attacker ranks seventh in the conference with 23 assists and second on the team with 49 total points.