The Diplomats experienced success on and off the field in 2009, capped by another national championship to add to F&M's sporting legacy. Here we recap 10 of the year's top moments.
10. Moriarty's Dramatics at Baseball Championships
Shea Moriarty '09 hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to draw F&M even with Haverford College at the 2009 Centennial Conference (CC) Baseball Championships. The Diplomats won the game 8-7. The shot helped the right fielder make amends for his two-out, two-run error the night before that enabled Johns Hopkins University to defeat the Dips 7-6.
9. Volleyball Sweeps to 23-6 Record
Led by All-American Honorable Mention Nicole Morano '11, the 2009 volleyball team notched a 23-6 record. The team, coached by Mary Kate Boland '01, recorded 19 3-0 sweeps, including reeling off 27 consecutive games at one point in the season. Morano became the second All-American in program history.
8. Anno and Catalano Shine at Indoor Track & Field
Kwaku Anno '10 and Alyssa Catalano '09 represented F&M at the 2009 Indoor Track & Field Championships after successful CC performances. Anno captured the CC gold in the long jump and 400 meters, while Catalano repeated as CC shot-put champion.
7. Squash Ranked 11th in Nation
The 2009 men's squash season ended with the Diplomats ranked 11th in the nation. The team finished 15-7 under Coach John White. The 15 victories tied three other F&M teams for second-most wins in a season and included seven shutouts.
6. Football's Breakout Year
The 2009 football squad posted a 9-2 record, including a come-from-behind 29-24 victory over Wilkes University at the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl to cap the season. Centennial Conference Coach of the Year John Troxell was one of five finalists for the Liberty Mutual Division III Coach of the Year Award.
5. Men's Golf Returns to National Championships
The men's golf team, under the direction of coach Andy Tompos '69, survived the 36-hole cut and placed 21st at the National Championships. Danny Liebowitiz '12 was one of five golfers in the nation to be named to the All-Freshman Team after finishing in the top five at five events.
4. Grabiak and McCabe Earn All-America Honors
Tom Grabiak '10 earned F&M's 100th All-America swimming certificate at the 2009 NCAA Swimming Championships. In all, he earned three All-America nods at the event. Brittany McCabe '09 also capped her stellar F&M career with her fifth All-America honor.
3. Herbert Wrestles at Nationals
Justin Herbert '09 was the first F&M wrestler in 11 years to compete at the NCAA Championships. Wrestling at 174 pounds, he lost a hard-fought, tight match in the first round to eventual champ Steve Luke of Michigan. Herbert finished his career with a school record 55 pins and an 82-59 overall record.
2. Men's Basketballs Resurgence
The Diplomat hoopsters rode a mix of youth and experience to the schools fifth Final Four and 20th NCAA Championship appearance. The team fell to Richard Stockton College in the semifinals and Guilford College in the consolation game to finish the season at 26-7. The season also saw Glenn Robinson coach in his 1,000th collegiate game, becoming just the second coach in Division III to reach that mark.
1. Women's Lacrosse Wins National Championship
For the second time in three seasons, the women's lacrosse team brought the NCAA Division III National Championship trophy home to Lancaster. After a game-tying goal by Cat Serpe '12 with 62 seconds remaining in the finals, Blake Hargest '10 netted the game-winner that pushed F&M to a 21-1 overall record under first-year coach Lauren Paul '03. Six members of the team earned All-American honors.