F&M to Visit Salisbury, Open Conference Play With Muhlenberg

F&M to Visit Salisbury, Open Conference Play With Muhlenberg
Game 7
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
No. 2 Franklin & Marshall at No. 5 Salisbury | Salisbury, Md. | 4:00 p.m.
Series Record: SU leads 13-4
Streak: SU +6
Last F&M Victory: 11-10, March 25, 2011
Last SU Victory: 8-7, March 25, 2015
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Game 8
Saturday, March 26, 2016
No. 2 Franklin & Marshall vs. Muhlenberg | Lancaster, Pa. | 1:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M leads 32-0
Streak: F&M +32
Last F&M Victory: 19-9, March 21, 2015
Last MUHL Victory: N/A
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Series History: No. 2 Franklin & Marshall travels to No. 5 Salisbury on Wednesday afternoon for a clash of highly-ranked squads. The Seagulls have had the upper hand on the Diplomats in recent years, taking a 13-4 lead in the all-time series and putting together a six-game win streak dating back to 2011.

On Saturday, F&M begins Centennial Conference (CC) play by hosting Muhlenberg at 1:00 p.m. on Tylus Field. The Diplomats have historically dominated the Mules, owning a flawless 32-0 record against the women from Allentown.

National Rankings: F&M finds itself second in the IWLCA coaches poll for the second consecutive week. Cortland St. remains at the top of the rankings after collecting all 20 first-place votes.

CC POTW: On Monday, Paige Moriarty was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Offensive Player of the Week for women's lacrosse. The honor comes after Moriarty scored seven goals and handed out nine assists in a 2-0 week for the second-ranked Diplomats. She tallied three goals with six helpers in F&M's 14-4 victory over Denison, and converted all four of her shots into goals and dished out three assists in a 20-6 win over Plymouth State.

Last Week for F&M: The Diplomats headed to Bayamón, Puerto Rico for spring break, recording wins over Denison (14-4) and Plymouth St. (20-6) on Thursday.

F&M began the day by dominating Denison, opening up a 13-0 lead midway through the second half before the Big Red got on the board.

Paige Moriarty paced the offense with three goals and six assists, while Grace Saliba scored three times as well as passing out an assist and causing three turnovers.

Vanessa Budd forced five turnovers to lead the defensive unit and Samantha Blicht along with Stephanie Speese both caused two turnovers.

F&M outshot Denison 36-13, held a 26-17 edge in ground balls and forced 23 turnovers.

In the day's second game, Plymouth St. stayed with the Diplomats early, trailing 5-3 with 13:53 left in the first. However, F&M responded by scoring six straight goals over the next six minutes to take an 11-3 lead and carry a 12-4 advantage at halftime.

The Diplomats put the game out of reach early in the second, once again scoring six unanswered to extend an 18-4 lead that the Panthers never threatened.

Moriarty led the offense again with four scores and three assists while Gabby Frank ended with three scores and two assists. Saliba and Claire Jackson both had two goals and three helpers, and Anastasia Mergner had two goals, one assist, and four draw controls.

Jackson, Kaitlin Hardt, and Taylor Freud all caused two turnovers and Sarah Bozzo finished with a team-high three ground balls.

F&M led in shots, 28-12, ground balls, 23-16, and went 9-for-11 on clear attempts.

Hardt earned both wins in net, improving to 3-0 on the year.

A recap of both games can be read here.

Last Time We Met Salisbury: The Diplomats last met the Seagulls on March 25 of last year, suffering a hard-fought 8-7 defeat.

A back-and-forth contest saw Salisbury take the lead with 2:59 remaining and come up with several clutch defensive stops to hold on for the slim victory.

Emily Everdell finished with three scores to lead the Diplomats while Frank, Moriarty and Casey Madden all scored a goal.

F&M outshot Salisbury 20-13 and held a 14-10 edge in ground balls in the defeat.

Click here to read the full recap.

Last Time We Met Muhlenberg: The Diplomats and Mules met on March 21 last season, a 19-9 victory for F&M.

A pair of 4-0 runs in the first helped the Diplomats open up a 9-4 deficit heading into halftime. Muhlenberg stuck around early in the second as three straight goals cut the deficit to five at 12-7, but a 6-0 run from F&M put the game out of reach.

Brittney Jorgenson scored on all five shots she took to lead the Diplomat offense, while Frank and Everdell both finished with a hat trick.

Budd came away with four draws while Caroline Doran, Sarah Bozzo and Saliba all finished with two ground balls.

To read the full recap, click here.

Milestone Watch: Mergner became the program's all-time leader in draw controls earlier this season. The senior passed Jen Pritchard '09 for first place and now has 248 career draws. She also ranks eighth in program history with 55 caused turnovers.

Fellow senior Blicht ranks fifth in caused turnovers with 66. Sarah Meisenberg '09 holds the program mark at 114.

Saliba enters the week just four assists shy from becoming just the fifth player in school history to dish out 100 or more assists in a career. Her 96 assists are good for sixth-most in school history after she passed Tami Videon '96 last week.