Standing on the turf of F&M’s Tylus Field on a windy spring morning, Caroline Doran ’16 reflects on a big decision she made four years ago—the one that brought her to Lancaster, where she has donned the blue and white as a key member of the nationally ranked women’s lacrosse team.
“It saddens me to think that I’m already in a position to look back on my four years at F&M,” says the standout defender for the Diplomats. “I’m proud of the friendships I’ve discovered and developed. I have so many cherished, funny, crazy and fulfilling memories.”
Doran has severe hearing loss, but that hasn’t prevented her from becoming a stalwart on the back line for the Diplomats. She often matches up with the opposing team’s top attacker and has played a pivotal role in helping the team to the NCAA Tournament the past four years, including a trip to the Final Four in 2015.
“I communicate with my teammates and coaches through visual cues such as color cards, which denote certain defenses, or often the defensive unit and I use a made-up sign language,” she says. “They're really accommodating and patient, and because of that, I’m sincerely lucky and grateful.”
A joint major in creative writing and business, organizations and society, she plans to work at an advertising agency in Philadelphia following graduation.
“I chose to attend F&M because of the unbeatable combination of rigorous academics and an outstanding and reputable lacrosse program,” she says. “I wanted the chance to succeed in the classroom and on the field, and F&M has given me that.”
The Doran File
Hometown: Ardmore, Pa.
Major: Joint Studies (creative writing and business, organizations & society)
- Known as a prankster among her friends and teammates
- Her father, Joseph Doran ’90, is an F&M alumnus
- Secretary of .08, a club that promotes responsible drinking
- Contributor to The College Reporter