Four Diplomats Earn All-Region Accolades
LANCASTER, Pa. – Four Franklin & Marshall field hockey players have been named to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-South Region team announced Thursday. Maura Hennigan and Steph McDonald earned first team accolades, while Chelsey Talhelm and Kristen Zublin garnered second team honors.
Seniors Hennigan and McDonald nabbed spots on the first team after earning First Team All-Centennial Conference (CC) recognition. Hennigan, who was also a First Team All-Region selection last year, became the second straight F&M player to win CC Player of the Year, concluding her career as one of the best players in program history. She was the leader of the midfield for the Diplomats, tallying four goals and two assists from her center-mid spot.
McDonald anchored an F&M defense that was one of the best in the country this season. The Diplomats held their opponents to just 15 goals in 20 games and ranked in the top-10 of the country in multiple statistical categories. The Diplomats ranked fourth in goals against average (0.75), seventh in shutouts per game (0.45), and 10th in both save percentage (0.819) and scoring margin (2.33). In addition to being a defensive stalwart for the Diplomats, McDonald also added a significant offensive punch to the squad from her backline position. She tallied eight goals and six assists and proved to be a lethal weapon on penalty corners.
Talhelm and Zublin made their way onto the second team after also nabbing Second Team All-CC accolades. The duo of senior forwards combined to form a dangerous scoring tandem up top for the Diplomats, accounting for over 35% of the team's scoring. Talhelm notched four goals and seven assists, while Zublin led the CC in goals (20) and ranked second in points (42) while also adding two assists. Her 20 goals places her fifth in F&M single-season history.
The Diplomats finished the year with a school-record 18 wins, won their first-ever CC Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.