LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team looks to carry over the momentum from a strong finish to last season when the Diplomats open 2019 at home on Friday against Marywood.
To watch the season preview video, featuring head coach John Sumoski, click here.
F&M welcomes back five players with 10 or more starts from a squad that won two of their final three games in 2018. The majority of the Diplomats' offensive production is back in the fold as well, with 88 percent of the goals scored last year being registered by a returner.
However, key losses to graduation will need to to be overcome, including lineup staples Lauren Kranis, Sabrina Graziano, and Meghan Byrne. A sizeable group of 16 first-years will be called upon to help make up that production.
Players to Watch
Nicolette Runko highlights F&M's group of returners. An All-Centennial Conference (CC) Second Team selection a year ago, Runko led the Diplomats with five goals while starting all 13 games she appeared in as an anchor of F&M's backline.
Christina Marinos is expected to be a force for the Diplomats' defensive unit as the junior led the team in games started last season with 14. Each of the Diplomats' goalkeepers who opened matches in 2018 make a return to the field with Gabby Panayotakis and Tara Hessenthaler starting in nine and five games, respectively.
To watch the 2019 video roster, click here.
The Road Ahead
Women's Soccer hosts Marywood on Friday at 7:00 p.m. for the Diplomats' first contest of the season. CC action starts on Saturday, Sept. 21st against Muhlenberg and the CC Playoffs open with the First Round on Wednesday, Nov. 6th, with the CC Championship slated for Sunday, Nov. 10.
The NCAA Tournament begins with the First and Second Rounds on Nov. 16-17, and the Final Four and Championship set for Dec. 7-8 in Greensboro, N.C.
Record Book Watch
Entering her junior season, Panayotakis' 143 career saves already places 10th on the program's career list. Ami Sheinberg '87 leads the way with 509. Her six shutouts are tied for seventh. Amanda McGowan '13 tops the list with 19 in her storied career.