Diplomats Look to Lock Up Top Seed for CC Playoffs

Diplomats Look to Lock Up Top Seed for CC Playoffs
Game 17
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
No. 4 Franklin & Marshall at  No. 5 Gettysburg | Gettysburg, Pa. | 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M 29-26
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 8-6, May 3, 2015
Last GC Victory: 14-11, April 15, 2015

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Game 18
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Dickinson at No. 4 Franklin & Marshall | Lancaster, Pa. | 12:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M 40-0
Streak: F&M +40
Last F&M Victory: 17-11, April 18, 2015
Last DC Victory: Never 

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Series History: F&M takes on Gettysburg for the 56th time on Wednesday and holds a slight 29-26 edge in the series. The Diplomats ended the Bullets five-game streak with an 8-6 victory in the CC Championship game last year. Dickinson and F&M will square off for the 41st time on Saturday, with F&M winning the previous 40 contests. 

CC Playoffs: With a 7-0 CC record and two games left to play, the Diplomats have secured a spot in the CC Playoffs this year and a win on Wednesday will lock down the No. 1 seed for the Diplomats. 

Around the CC: Paige Moriarty leads the Centennial Conference with 59 goals while her 86 points also rank first and her 25 assists are good for second. Grace Saliba is first with 35 assists and second at 73 points. Gabby Frank sits in the fifth spot with 55 points, ranking sixth with 34 goals. Samantha Blicht (27),Vanessa Budd (23) and Anastasia Mergner (23) hold down the second and third spots in caused turnovers and Mergner ranks third with 55 draws.  

Milestone Watch List: Frank, Saliba and Moriarty all reached the 100-goal plateau this season. Earlier this season Saliba became just the sixth player in school history to dish out 100 or more assists in a career. Her 119 assists are good for third-most in school history, while Blake Hargest '10 holds the record with 160. The senior also reached the 200-point plateau and enters the week with 225 career points, which rank 12th all time. Hargest has the school record at 341.  

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 284 career draws. She also ranks fifth in program history with 73 caused turnovers.

Fellow senior Blicht ranks second in caused turnovers with 85. Sarah Meisenberg '09 holds the program mark at 114.

Moriarty has 86 points and is threatening the F&M single-season record of 106 points set by Lauren Petrella '94.  

Last Time We Met Gettysburg: No. 6 Franklin & Marshall scored two goals in the final 2:25 of action to break a 6-6 tie to defeat No. 4 Gettysburg 8-6 in the 2015 Centennial Conference (CC) Women's Lacrosse Championship on May 3rd. To view the full recap, click here.

Grace Saliba finished with two scores and three helpers while Brittney Jorgenson scored three times and Gabby Frank netted two goals for the Diplomats. Megan Kelly struck once and Anastasia Mergner finished with two assists.

Caroline Doran led the defense with two caused turnovers and Stephanie Speese came away with two ground balls, while Budd finished with three draw controls.

Danielle Harrington stood tall in the cage with seven stops and improved to 8-1 while Shannon Keeler took the loss with six stops and dropped to 15-3. 

Last Time We Met Dickinson:  Gabby Frank and Brittney Jorgenson combined for nine goals to lead No. 2 Franklin & Marshall to a 17-11 victory over Dickinson in the regular season finale. To view the full recap, click here.

Frank had a game-high five goals while Jorgenson finished with four scores and one assist. Emily Everdell, Paige Moriarty, Megan Kelly and Grace Saliba all finished with two goals for the Diplomats. Moriarty added three helpers and Katie Groenke along with Saliba finished with an assist.

Sarah Bozzo led the defense with three caused turnovers while Caroline Doran ended with two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Danielle Harrington picked up the win with five saves while JoJo Auerbach took the loss with three stops.

F&M outshot Dickinson 28-21, held a slight 14-13 edge in ground balls and went 13-for-15 in clear attempts.