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

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

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

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.  

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Following a rocky start to the season that saw the Diplomats drop their first game of the year, F&M bounced back by registering eight straight wins to reach the No. 1 ranking in the country. The run included an 8-7 overtime victory over York on March 4, a 12-2 bashing of No. 2 Cortland on March 11, a dominant 8-4 win against No. 10 Salisbury on March 26 and a 9-8 overtime thriller over defending National Champion No. 5 Middlebury on March 29.

Another regular-season win streak to close out the season allowed F&M to roll into the CC Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Diplomats overwhelmed Muhlenberg by a 15-7 score in the Semifinals on May 6 to advance to the Final for the fifth consecutive year. The next day against Gettysburg, the eventual National Champion, Katie Groenke '18 scored an unassisted goal in the second overtime period to lift F&M to the dramatic 7-6 win.

The Diplomats carried over their Championship-winning momentum into the NCAA Tournament, opening action with a 17-7 Second Round win over Cabrini at home on May 14. F&M next traveled to No. 10 Trinity on May 20 but was dealt a heartbreaking 13-12 loss in a hard-fought, back-and-forth contest.

Defensively, the Diplomats fielded one the most stifling units in the nation, averaging a mere 6.28 goals allowed per game which ranked 12th across all of Division III and was the fourth-lowest single-season mark in program history. F&M was also one of the country's most consistent programs, committing the third-fewest turnovers per game at 10.73.

Junior attacker Paige Moriarty '18 reached the 100-point plateau for the second year in a row, finishing with a CC-leading 101 (56 G, 45 A), while standout defender Vanessa Budd '17 closed out her illustrious career with the second-most caused turnovers in program history with 95.  

Three Diplomats earned All-America accolades and were led by Budd who became just the fifth player in program history to earn the distinction three times. Budd was also named IWLCA Defender of the Year for her stellar senior campaign, while Moriarty was named the Inside Lacrosse Attacker of the Year. A full list of F&M's honors can be found below:

Vanessa Budd '17

- IWLCA Defender of the Year

- Inside Lacrosse Defender of the Year

- IWLCA All-America First Team

- All-Metro Region First Team

- CC Defensive Player of the Year

- All-CC First Team

- IWLCA Senior All-Star

Paige Moriarty '18 

- Inside Lacrosse Attacker of the Year

- IWLCA All-America First Team

- All-Metro Region First Team

- All-CC First Team

Sarah Bozzo '17

- IWLCA All-America Third Team

- All-Metro Region First Team

- All-CC First Team

- IWLCA Senior All-Star

Maddie Hughes '19

- All-Metro Region First Team

- CC Tournament MVP

- All-CC First Team

Gabby Frank '17 

- All-Metro Region Second Team

- All-CC Second Team 

- IWLCA Senior All-Star