LANCASTER, Pa. - Maura Hennigan and Steph McDonald have been named to the Synapse Sports All-America Team announced Monday. Hennigan earned first team honors, while McDonald landed on the second team.
Hennigan nabs Synapse Sports All-America honors for the second straight year after being a third team selection in 2011. The senior midfielder was a force in the middle of the field for the Diplomats, claiming Centennial Conference (CC) Player of the Year, All-CC First Team, and NFHCA All-Region accolades. A four-year starter, Hennigan will go down as one of the best players to don an F&M uniform. She tallied four goals and two assists this fall for career totals of eight goals and 13 assists.
McDonald earns All-America recognition for the first time following a superb 2012 campaign. The senior led an F&M defense that was one of the stingiest in the nation 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. F&M 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). McDonald also added a significant scoring boost to the squad from the backline, notching eight goals and six assists and proving to be a vital contributor on penalty corners. She concludes her career as the all-time leader in defensive saves (16), six more than the next closest Diplomat.
The Diplomats closed out the year with a school-record 18 wins, including a stretch of 18-straight victories, won their first-ever CC Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.