LANCASTER, Pa. – Six members of the Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse team were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWCLA) All-Metro Region Team announced Monday. Samantha Blicht, Vanessa Budd and Grace Saliba were named to the first team while Sarah Bozzo, Megan Kelly and Paige Moriarty landed on the second team.
A total of 256 student-athletes in Division III were named All-Region and are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-America teams, which will be announced on May 18th.
Saliba (Davidsonville, Md. / St. Andrew's School) picked up her second postseason award of her career after being named a unanimous first team All-Centennial Conference (CC) selection. She is second on the team in both assists (37) and points (69) and ranks fourth with 32 goals. The junior has tallied three or more points in 17 contests, including four games with five or more points, and has 78.1 shot-on-goal percentage.
Budd (Darien, Conn. / Darien High School) earned CC Defensive Player of the Year honors last week and collects her second postseason award, anchoring the Diplomats on the defensive side of the ball, as F&M ranked second in the CC in fewest goals against with 136. The sophomore is second on the team in ground balls at 31 and has caused the second-most turnovers with 18, while she is tied for second in draw controls at 35.
Blicht (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton) picked up her second All-CC award last week and appears on the All-Region for the first time. She has started in 19 contests, playing a key role for the Diplomats' stifling defense and leads the team in ground balls (32) and caused turnovers (21). F&M's defense led the conference in total caused turnovers with 192 and was second in ground balls (330) behind Haverford (333) during the regular season.
Bozzo (Mountain Lakes, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) received All-Region recognition for the second consecutive year, landing on the second team last season. She has recorded 21 ground balls on the season, including 15 in conference action. The sophomore has been a key part of a defensive unit that allowed seven goals or fewer in 11 of its 20 contests.
Kelly (Bethlehem, Pa. / The Hill School) picks up her first-ever All-Region award after being named First Team All-CC last week. The senior ranks in the top five in three categories on the team this year, placing fourth with 34 draws, fourth with 15 caused turnovers, and her 24 ground balls ranked fifth. The midfielder added 13 goals with 12 helpers for 25 points and has tallied multiple points in eight games.
Moriarty (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) became the first Diplomat to ever receive CC Rookie of Year of honors when she was honored last week by the conference. She is first on the team with 41 assists, which ranks 22nd nationwide and paces the Diplomats' offense with a team-high 77 points. The freshman tallied multiple points in all but two contests this season and poured in a career-high seven points against Washington earlier in the year.
No. 3 F&M continues action in the regional semifinals this weekend when the Diplomats take on No. 9 Tufts at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday at Tylus Field.