No. 4 Diplomats To Open CC Play, Host Salisbury – Week 5 Game Notes

No. 4 Diplomats To Open CC Play, Host Salisbury – Week 5 Game Notes

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Game 6
Saturday, March 25, 2017
No. 4 F&M at Swarthmore | Swarthmore | 3:00 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 29-3
Streak: F&M +16
Last F&M Victory: 15-0, April 11, 2016
Last SWAT Victory: 12-11, April 15, 2000
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Game 7
Sunday, March 26, 2017
No. 4 F&M vs. No. 10 Salisbury | Lancaster | 2:00 PM
Series Record: SU Leads 14-5
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 6-5, May 22, 2016
Last SU Victory: 12-10, March 23, 2016
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Series History: Franklin & Marshall looks to continue a dominant run against Swarthmore in the Diplomats' Centennial Conference (CC) opener on Saturday, by extending a 16-game winning streak against the Garnet.

Salisbury heads to Tylus on Sunday for a rematch of last season's NCAA Regional Final, which saw F&M come away with a 6-5 overtime win on the road. The Diplomats are searching for their first win against the Sea Gulls at home since March 25, 2011, in an 11-10 2OT victory.

National Rankings: F&M continues to rise in the IWLCA National Rankings and now occupy the No. 4 spot in the country. Gettysburg (No. 2) is the only other Centennial Conference (CC) team in the top 20. 

Moriarty Reaches 200: Junior attacker Paige Moriarty scored six goals and handed out three assists in a 12-2 upset of No. 2 Cortland on March 11 to become the fastest player in school history to register 200 or more points in a career. 

National Recognition: For her nine-point effort against Cortland, Moriarty was named the IWLCA/Lacrosse Sports Network Division III Offensive Player of the Week.

Records Watch: Moriarty continues to ascend the ranks of the Diplomats' career offensive leaders. Her 219 points on the season are good for 13th on the all-time list. Blake Hargest '10 leads the way with 341. Moriarty's 131 career goals place her 20th, while her 88 assists are now 10th.

Vanessa Budd and Sarah Bozzo are climbing the caused turnover list and now rank seventh and eighth, respectively, with 69 and 64 in their careers.

Last Week: A marque 12-2 triumph over No. 2 Cortland St. on Saturday provided momentum for a pair of dominant Spring Break wins down in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Wednesday. The Diplomats downed Fredonia and Western Conn. St. by identical 18-2 scores to ride a four-game winning streak back to Lancaster.

Against Cortland, F&M held a 28-14 edge in shots, led 15-12 in ground balls and went 11-for-14 on clear attempts. Following Moriarty's season-high nine points, Katie Groenke netted three goals and one assist, while Frank notched two goals and an assist. 

Click here to watch highlights and here to read the recap.

The Diplomats jumped out to a 10-0 lead against Fredonia and never looked back. Natalie Delinsky and Groenke both scored three goals while Grace Norley and Maddie Hughes both finished with a pair of goals. 

In game two against WCSU, Moriarty had three goals and three assists, Melissa Judge had three scores with one assist, and Gabby Frank scored twice and handed out three helpers. 

Click here to read the Spring Break recap.

Last Time We Met Swarthmore | Recap: No. 5 F&M shutout Swarthmore 15-0 on April 16, 2016. 

Frank paced the offense with two goals and two assists on three shots to reach the 100-goal plateau in her career. Claire Jackson found twine on all three shots she took while Moriarty and Grace Saliba both finished with two scores and one assist. 

Anastasia Mergner added two ground balls, and two caused turnovers and Peyton Annese along with Taylor Freud both finished with two ground balls. Freud recorded two draws and two caused turnovers as well.

Last Time We Met Salisbury | Recap: Frank buried a pass from Grace Saliba just 63 seconds into overtime to deliver No. 6 F&M a 6-5 win over No. 3 Salisbury and send the Diplomats to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four for the second consecutive year on May 22, 2016.

Mergner finished with two goals while Saliba struck once and handed out two assists. Hughes had two assists, and Moriarty along with Frank and Delinsky all scored a goal for F&M. Mergner paced the defense with two caused turnovers and two ground balls to go along with four draw controls.