F&M Honored by NFHCA and Synapse Sports

F&M Honored by NFHCA and Synapse Sports

Complete NFHCA All-America Teams | Synapse Sports Postseason Honors 

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall field hockey members Mary Kate Olson and Maria Guarisco were named to the 2015 Longstretch/NFHCA Division III All-America and Synapse Sports All-America teams, while Ilianna Santangelo landed on the Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team.

Olson was placed on the NFHCA second team and the Synapse Sports first team, while Guarisco garnered NFHCA first team accolades and Synapse Sports second team honors. For the third consecutive season, Olson was named to the lists, becoming only the fourth player in program history to be a three-time All-American. Guarisco also garners the distinction for the second season in a row, as the duo marked the 29th and 30th time a Diplomat was named an All-American.

Olson (Woodbine, Md. / Glenelg) continues to stockpile awards after also earning a spot on the All-Region First Team for the third straight season and garnering first team All-CC accolades for the third consecutive year earlier in the postseason. The senior defender led a defensive unit that ranked seventh in the nation in shutouts per game (52 percent) and 10th in goals against average (0.90). Olson also contributed on the offensive end, tallying two goals and two assists. 

Guarisco (Cranford, N.J. / Cranford) also continues to be honored for her outstanding senior campaign. In addition to her All-America honors, she earned All-Region accolades for the third time in her career and made her way onto the first team for the second straight season earlier in November. The senior midfielder was also a unanimous All-Centennial Conference (CC) First Team selection for the second consecutive year after leading the Diplomats and placing fourth in the conference in points (39), sixth in goals (15) and third in assists (9). 

She had five game-winning markers on the season, registered a point in all but five contests and finished her career with the second-most points in program history (125), fifth-most goals (47) and second-most assists (31). 

Santangelo (Sudbury, Mass. / Saint Marks) produced the second lowest goals against average in the history of the program in 2015, accumulating a CC-leading 0.68 mark after starting 16 of the team's games.  Her eight shutouts on the year also led the conference, while her 13 wins were good for second. The freshman goalkeeper allowed a mere 11 goals through 1,132 minutes in the cage. 

The Diplomats ranked among the nation's top-10 teams throughout the season, advanced to the NCAA Second Round for the second consecutive year and accumulating a combined 17-4, 10-0 CC record. F&M produced a double-digit win total for the seventh straight season and notched the second-most wins in program history.