LANCASTER, Pa. – Four members of the Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse team were named to Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWCLA) All-America Team announced Wednesday. Vanessa Budd, Samantha Blicht and Paige Moriarty were named to the first team and Grace Saliba was placed on the second team. The All-America honor is the second for Budd, Blicht and Saliba while Moriarty picked up her first award to bring F&M's total All-America honors to 70.
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Blicht (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton) earns her third first team postseason accolade after being named first team all-region and earning a spot on the All-Centennial Conference First Team for the second consecutive year. She also became the second Diplomat to be named the CC Defensive Player of the Year. Blicht leads the team with 34 ground balls and is tied for first with 34 caused turnovers. The senior has started in every game this season and caused multiple turnovers in eight contests, including a season-high seven against Catholic on March 30. She currently ranks second all time with 92 caused turnovers.
Budd (Darien, Conn. / Darien High School) also earns her third postseason award. She was named to the CC First Team and the All-Region First Team for the second consecutive year. She is tied for first on the team with 34 caused turnovers, second with 40 draws and has picked up 31 ground balls this season. She caused multiple turnovers in nine contests and came away with three or more draws in eight games. The junior has been a pivotal part of the F&M defense that has allowed just 5.81 goals per game.
Moriarty (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) has earned three first team honors this postseason and 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 ranks in the top-10 in the country in both points (106), and goals (76) and has dished out 30 assists. Moriarty's 106 points this season are tied for the program's season record set by Lauren Petrella '94. She has finished with three or more points in all but two games, including a season-high 10 points in a victory over McDaniel on April 9.
Saliba (Davidsonville, Md. / St. Andrews School) picks up her second straight All-America honor after earning first team all-region recognition and first team honors from the conference earlier this month. Her 48 goals are the second most on the team while her 43 assists are first and 91 points also place her second. The senior has recorded three or more points in 18 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 127 assists are good for third-most in school history.
No. 6 F&M continues action in the regional semifinals when the Diplomats travel to Salisbury to take on Brockport at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.