LANCASTER, Pa. – Five members of the Franklin & Marshall field hockey team were named to the 2018 All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team, announced by the league office on Tuesday. Erin Coverdale was named the Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight year and earned First Team honors for the second year. Coverdale was joined on the First Team by Melissa Gula and Ilianna Santangelo. Juliana Keagle landed on the Second Team while Caitlin Morrissey received Honorable Mention.
Coverdale (Lewes, Del. / Cape Henlopen) earned All-CC honors for the second time in her career after leading the Conference in points (41) and goals (18). The sophomore is just the fifth player in CC history to earn Player of the Year in consecutive seasons and first in F&M's record to earn multiple POTY honors. Coverdale is tied for second in program history with seven game-winning goals on the season so far.
Senior goalkeeper Santangelo (Sudbury, Mass. / Saint Marks) returns to the First Team for the second time after earning Second Team honors last season. Santangelo currently ranks sixth in the country in save percentage (.848) and seventh in goals against average (0.53). With a 7-0 F&M victory over Eastern on Sept 12. this season, Santangelo set the program record for career wins and is up to 63.
Gula (Short Hills, N.J. / Millburn) earned All-CC honors for the first time in her career. The junior midfielder is tied for second in the Conference with six assists on the year. She also tallied the game-winning goal in the Diplomats' 1-0 win against FDU-Florham on Sept. 5.
Keagle (Catonsville, Md. / Catonsville) landed on the All-CC team for the first time. The senior helped anchor a defense that consistently ranked in the top-10 throughout the season in goals against average (third – 0.51), save percentage (sixth - .857), and shutouts per game (fifth – 0.63).
Junior Morrissey (Essex Fells, N.J. / West Essex) was named to the All-CC team for the first time after leading the Conference in made penalty strokes with six on the year. Morrissey was also part of the defense that only allowed nine goals on the year and set the program record with 13 shutouts on the season, surpassing the 2014 squad.
The Diplomats open the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Wednesday, hosting Gwynedd Mercy for a first-round matchup at 6:00 p.m.