Series History: Franklin & Marshall hosts Stevenson on Saturday for the third meeting ever between the schools. The most recent contest occurred on March 4 of last year, with the Diplomats coming away victorious, 13-8.
In the Rankings: F&M retained its No. 3 ranking in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Poll, released Monday. Only SUNY Cortland and Trinity rank above the Diplomats, despite neither team playing its first game of the season.
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Blicht Named CC Defensive POTW: Samantha Blicht was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The honor comes after the senior caused five turnovers and scooped up five ground balls as F&M went 2-0 in the opening week of the season.
F&M Last Week: The first game of F&M's 2016 campaign brought a road test at No. 8 York, with the Diplomats getting a game-winning goal from Paige Moriarty with 5:07 left in the second to earn a 9-8 victory.
Moriarty finished with three goals and an assist while Claire Jackson and Katie Groenke each scored twice. Gabby Frank and Maddie Hughes both tallied a goal, and Grace Saliba finished with two helpers.
Blicht caused three turnovers and collected three ground balls while Caroline Doran, Stephanie Speese, Sarah Bozzo and Madison Valerio all scooped up two ground balls each. Danielle Harrington picked up the win with five saves.
F&M outshot York 22-19, held a slight 17-14 edge in ground balls and went 13-for-14 in clear attempts.
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On Saturday the Diplomats hosted their home opener, defeating Washington & Lee 5-1. F&M went up 2-0 at halftime, and led by as much as five before the Generals tallied their first score of the game with 59 seconds remaining.
F&M's defense limited the Generals to just seven shots and forced 21 turnovers. Blicht led the way with two caused turnovers and two ground balls and Bozzo caused two turnovers as well. Vanessa Budd and Jackson scooped up three ground balls each and Doran caused a turnover and recorded two ground balls. Harrington picked up the win in goal with four saves.
F&M outshot W&L 25-7, held a 14-11 edge in ground balls and went 13-for-15 on clear attempts.
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Last Time We Met Stevenson: The Diplomats went up 5-0 in the early going and the Mustangs never got closer than two as F&M extended a lead as great as eight en route to a 13-8 victory on March 4, 2015.
Saliba finished with four goals and two assists to pace F&M, while Brittney Jorgenson added three and Anastasia Mergner and Moriarty each registered two. Frank had a goal and handed out three assists and Emily Everdell finished with a score and a helper.
Groenke led the Diplomats with five draw controls, while Mergner had a team-high five ground balls and Budd recorded three ground balls and caused three turnovers. Kaitlin Hardt improved to 3-0 with five saves in goal.
F&M held the advantage in shots (35-17) and draw controls (15-8) and had a slight edge in ground balls (20-17). The Diplomats were a perfect 11-for-11 on clear attempts.