F&M Set to Host NCAA Second Round on Sunday - Week 12 Game Notes

F&M Set to Host NCAA Second Round on Sunday - Week 12 Game Notes

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NCAA Tournament – Second Round
No. 5 F&M (16-4) vs. Cabrini (16-3)
Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. | Tylus Field
Video | Live Stats

Tickets: $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students from a participating school with school ID. $2 for children ages three to 12.

Please note, pets are not permitted at Tylus Field during NCAA play. 

Series History: F&M has only squared off against Cabrini on one other occasion, a dominant 17-6 victory in Lancaster back on March 4, 2009. 

National Rankings: The Diplomats jumped up five spots from last week's ranking and enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 5 team in the country. Gettysburg dropped four positions to No. 7 as the only other CC Institution in the poll. 

To view complete rankings, click here.

F&M's Road: F&M earned an automatic bid into the Playoffs after downing No. 3 Gettysburg by a 7-6 2OT score on Saturday to claim the program's seventh Centennial Conference (CC) Crown and 12th overall Conference Championship.

To read a recap of the Diplomats' thrilling Championship win, click here. To watch Katie Groenke's overtime winner, click here.

Cabrini's Road: The Cavaliers tied a program record with 16 wins on the year, en route to a commanding 20-9 victory over Marywood in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Championship game on Saturday to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Cabrini enters action as winners of seven straight.

F&M in the Tournament: F&M is making its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance, and 11th in the last 12 years. The Diplomats are 29-15 in NCAA Playoff games and 17-1 at home in NCAA games since the start of the 2006 Tournament. The Diplomats have advanced to two-straight Final Fours and have won NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2009.

Cabrini in the Tournament: Cabrini is set to make its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and its sixth in a row. The Cavaliers hold a 3-13 overall record in the Playoffs after defeating Meredith (12-11) and falling to Salisbury (15-1) in 2016.

All-Conference: Five F&M players garnered All-Centennial Conference (CC) recognition. 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. 

Record Watch: Moriarty continues to ascend the ranks of the Diplomats' career offensive leaders. Her 286 career points are good for fifth on the all-time list, while Blake Hargest '10 leads the way with 341. Moriarty's 167 career goals are good for eighth, while her 119 assists are fourth.

Earlier this season, Gabby Frank became just the 17th player in program history to surpass 200 career points. The senior has now collected 214 points over her four seasons in Lancaster. 

Budd has entered elite territory for career defensive statistics, placing in a tie for second with 92 caused turnovers. Sarah Meisenberg '09 paces the list with 114. The senior defender is also fifth with 129 draw controls and is 15th with 103 ground balls in her career. 

Among the Leaders: At 6.0 goals allowed per game, the Diplomats rank 11th in the nation in team defense. F&M also averages just 10.6 turnovers per game, the fourth-lowest mark in the country.