LANCASTER, Pa. – Eighteen former Franklin & Marshall student-athletes earned a spot on the Centennial Conference (CC) Silver Anniversary Team for women's lacrosse, announced by the league office on Thursday.
Tami Videon '96, Kara Silberg '98, Lauren Paul '03, Alexis O'Meara '05, Holly Rutherford '06, Kelly Cassels '07, Jen Pritchard '09, Sarah Meisenberg '09, Shannon Summers '09, Ashley Bevington '09, Blake Hargest '10, Lidia Sanza '10, Kelsey Hoffman '14, Caroline Krohn '14, Samantha Blicht '16, Grace Saliba '16, Vanessa Budd '17, and Paige Moriarty '18 all garnered the distinction.
The Centennial Silver Anniversary teams are in celebration of the Conference's first 25 years of competition, which began in 1993. During the remainder of July and the first two weeks of August, the CC will honor its member schools' most-distinguished student-athletes in 24 sports.
Criteria for the inclusion of a team are as follows:
Must be a graduate of the institution AND one of the following:
- 3-time or 4-time first-team All-Centennial performer (win same event in swimming, track)
- 2-time Centennial Player of the Year
- 1st team All-America AND 2-time first-team All-Centennial performer
- 2-time All-America (1st, 2nd or 3rd team)
Tami Videon '96
Tami Videon was the first in CC history to be selected as a three-time First Team All-Centennial Conference choice for women's lacrosse. She was also a two-time All-American, earning the honor after both her sophomore and senior season. Following her junior and senior years, she was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSida) Academic All-America team - the only two-time Academic All-American in program history.
Videon's numbers upon graduation in 1996 placed her in the top-10 in many significant categories. Her 179 goals placed her in second, her 95 assists were first, and the 274 points she accumulated ranked her second amongst F&M lacrosse players. She earned induction to the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Kara Silberg '98
Kara Silberg was a two-time First Team All-CC selection and a first-team All-American at attack. Silberg was also a two-time IWLCA All-Metro Region All-Star choice and was chosen to play in 1998 Division III North/South game. She graduated 10th on F&M's career goals list with 109 and third in career assists with 90.
Lauren Paul '03
Paul was a two-time All-America choice and three-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Metro Region First Team selection. She was also a three-time All-Centennial First Team nod - one of only eight players in league history to accomplish that feat. Paul's name peppers F&M's record book. She was the first player in the program's history to score 100 goals and register 100 assists in her career and left Lancaster first in career assists (103), fifth in career points (242), and sixth in goals (139).
Alexis O'Meara '05
The 2005 CC Player of the Year and four-time All-Centennial selection following First Team honors in 2002, 2004, and 2005 and Second Team honors in 2003, O'Meara was the seventh player in Conference history to earn first-team honors three times. She was named an All-American following her senior season. Upon graduation, she ranked fourth in goals (280), first in assists (107), and second in points (280) in school history as she was one of only two players to score 100 goals and 100 assists at the College.
Holly Rutherford '06
Rutherford was a three-time All-CC First Team selection, one just nine players to accomplish the feat at that time. Following her senior season, she was named an All-American. As a defender, Rutherford helped anchor a unit that allowed 6.82 goals per game her senior season as she picked up her second All-Region honor.
Kelly Cassels '07
A three-time All-American, Cassels was the 10th three-time All-Centennial First Team choice in the program's history. In 2007, the midfielder scored 41 goals, including three game-winners, while assisting on 20 more to lead the team to the NCAA Division III Title. She ended her career sixth with 217 points and 163 goals, while also handing out 54 assists.
Jen Pritchard '09
The most decorated player in program history, Prichard was a two-time IWLCA Attacker of the Year (2007, 2009), and was the named the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Tournament MVP, after leading F&M to two national championships in three years. She was the only player in school history to earn All-America honors four times and the only first year to garner All-America honors. Pritchard landed on the All-CC Team during all four of her years in Lancaster, including three First Team nods, and was a four-time All-Region selection.
She ended her career having scored in the final 69 games of her career - an NCAA record. Pritchard scored in 83 of her 84 career games, finding the back of the net 268 times. She wrapped her career with 320 total points, resetting that school record as well. Pritchard held the NCAA record for career goals in the tournament (53) and in a single tournament (19 in 2007).
Sarah Meisenberg '09
Meisenberg was a three-time All-CC First Team selection and was named a First Team All-American in 2008 and 2009. Despite injuries that hampered her playing time and numbers in 2009, she was third on the team in assists (30), including the helper to Blake Hargest's overtime game-winner in the NCAA National Championship Game.
Shannon Summers '09
Summers earned a pair of All-America honors from WomensLacrosse.com in her career. Her final campaign marked the second 100-point season (104) on record at Franklin & Marshall, falling two points shy of the school record. Summers dished out 65 assists that season to move to the top of the career chart in the category (150). She remains fifth in the program record book with 305 points, while her 138 ground balls are also good for fifth, and her 128 draw controls rank sixth.
Ashley Bevington '09
Bevington was a two-time US Lacrosse/IWLCA All-America Third Team choice, garnering her second honor following a senior season in which she scored 42 times and assisted on 10 goals. Bevington finished that year fourth on the team amongst field players in ground balls (31) and draw controls (33). Her 101 draw controls continue to rank in the program's all-time top-10.
Blake Hargest '10
Hargest earned four All-America honors in her career - including two appearances on the First Team. She was an IWLCA Second Team selection in the wake of the 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship. Hargest scored 54 goals and assisted on 38 more for a career-high 92 points in 2010. She graduated as the Diplomats' and CC's leading point-getter with 341 in her career. Her 181 career goals placed fourth at her time of graduation, while her 160 assists reset the program record.
Lidia Sanza '10
Sanza earned five All-America honors overall, including a pair by the IWLCA, and was selected to the First Team in 2010. The standout goalkeeper allowed a mere 6.39 goals per 60 minutes and turned away 52.5 percent of the shots she faced in her senior season. For her career, Sanza's 6.52 GAA is second-best among all F&M goalies. Sanza helped the Diplomats to a pair of NCAA National Titles in three years and was twice named a National Goalkeeper of the Year - first by WomensLacrosse.com in 2007 and also by the IWLCA in 2010.
Kelsey Hoffman '14
Hoffman earned back-to-back All-America honors and was named First Team All-CC two straight years. A four-year starter at goalie, her 505 career-saves and 8.20 career goals against average were fifth on the all-time F&M career list as she finished with the second-most victories with a 59-16 record.
Caroline Krohn '14
Krohn earned All-America status and First Team All-CC recognition in both her junior and senior years. She wrapped up her career ranked 11th on the F&M all-time points list with 29, 12th in goals (138) and ninth with 86 assists.
Samantha Blicht '16
Blicht was a two-time All-American, two-time All-CC First Team selection, and the 2016 CC Defensive Player of the Year. She helped anchor one of the best defenses in the country, leading the Diplomats to back-to-back Final Fours. She ranks second all-time with 95 caused turnovers.
Grace Saliba '16
Saliba was a two-time All-CC First Team selection and a two-time All-American. She was just the sixth player in school history to dish out 100 or more assists in a career, and her 131 assists were the third-most in school history upon graduation.
Vanessa Budd '17
Budd was just the fifth F&M women's lacrosse player to earn All-America recognition three times in her career after garnering a spot on the First Team following her senior season. Her impressive senior year accolades also included a place on the All-Metro Region First Team for the third straight year, collecting the second Centennial Conference (CC) Defensive Player of the Year award of her career, and also being named to the All-CC First Team for the third consecutive season.
Paige Moriarty '18
Paige Moriarty left F&M one of the most decorated players in program history. She earned First Team All-America honors on three occasions, becoming just the sixth Diplomat to claim that honor, and was also a two-time National Attacker of the Year. She was named All-Region four times and became just the third Diplomat to receive CC Offensive Player of the Year honors - an accolade she garnered in both 2016 and 2018. During her senior year, Moriarty reset the F&M and Centennial career points record and finished with 393 career points. She also reset the school's assist record with 163 helpers, and her 230 career goals placed second in program history.