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 Friday. Samantha Blicht, Vanessa Budd, Anastasia Mergner, Paige Moriarty and Grace Saliba were named to the first team while Sarah Bozzo landed on the second team.
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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.
Moriarty (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) moved up a spot after being named second team all region last year. Earlier this week she became just the third Diplomat in program history to be selected as Centennial Conference (CC) Offensive Player of the Year. She was named Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the CC second team last season and was an unanimous first team All-CC selection this year. The sophomore leads the conference in points (101), goals (72) and is fourth in assists with 29. Moriarty's 101 points this season are third-most in school history and brings her within six of resetting the school mark of 106 held by Lauren Petrella '94. She has finished with three or more points in all but two games this season, including a season-high 10 points in a victory over McDaniel on April 9.
Blicht (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton) earned a spot on the first team for the second consecutive year and became the second Diplomat to when she garnered CC Defensive Player of the Year accolades earlier this week after Budd earned the award last season. She is third in the conference with 30 caused turnovers and eighth with 34 ground balls. The senior has started in every game this season and caused multiple turnovers in seven contests, including a season-high seven against Catholic on March 30. She currently ranks second all-time with 88 caused turnovers.
Saliba (Davidsonville, Md. / St. Andrews School) picks up her second straight first team all-region recognition after earning her second first team honor from the conference. Her 46 goals rank third in the CC while her 41 assists are first and 87 points place her second. The senior has recorded three or more points in 17 games this season. Earlier this year Saliba became just the sixth player in school history to dish out 100 or more assists in a career and her 125 assists are good for third-most in school history.
Mergner (West Caldwell, N.J. / James Caldwell) picks up her first all-region award after earning All-CC First Team accolades this week. She is third in the conference with 66 draws and fourth with 28 caused turnovers. The senior added 28 goals and eight assists as she has started in all 20 games this year. 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 295 career draws. She also ranks fourth in program history with 78 caused turnovers.
Budd (Darien, Conn. / Darien High School) earned a position of the first team for the second year in a row to go along with her two All-CC First Team certificates. She is second in the CC with 31 caused turnovers and added 37 draws to go along with 28 ground balls. The junior has been a pivotal part of the F&M defense that has allowed just 5.95 goals per game.
Bozzo (Mountain Lakes, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) received second team honors for the second year after receiving All-CC recognition for the third consecutive year with 22 caused turnovers and collecting 21 ground balls. She has helped anchor a defensive unit that allowed five or fewer goals in 11 games.
F&M received an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament and will host the winner of Washington & Lee and Mount Union on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.