Season in Review: 2018 F&M Field Hockey

Season in Review: 2018 F&M Field Hockey

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Franklin & Marshall's field hockey team delivered a record-breaking season, resetting four program records while remaining one of the top-ranked teams in Division III in 2018. The Diplomats recorded their sixth-straight NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, finishing the year with a 17-4 overall record, and never fell out of the nation's top-15 ranking.  

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F&M earned one of five Pool C bids into the NCAA Tournament after falling to Johns Hopkins on Nov. 4 in the Centennial Conference's (CC) first playoff contest that was decided by penalty strokes. In the program's 12th NCAA appearance, the Diplomats defeated Gwynedd Mercy in the First Round by a 2-0 tally on Nov. 7 to advance to the Sweet 16, before falling to Rochester by a 2-0 score on Nov. 10.

The Diplomats faced-off against four ranked opponents during the regular season, amassing a 3-1 record with a key wins to bookmark the season, starting with a 1-0 OT shutout against No. 14 Kean on Aug. 31 to open the year. F&M then delivered a 2-0 blanking against No. 11 Johns Hopkins in the regular-season finale on Oct. 27 to earn hosting rights to the CC Tournament for the first time since 2015.

As a team, F&M set the single-season record for goals against average (0.66) to surpass the 2012 squad (0.95). The defense also set the record for shutouts with 13 on the year, passing the 2014 team at 12.

Ilianna Santangelo '19 finished out her four-year career as the program record-holder in three different categories. The goalkeeper ranks first in goals against average in her career at 0.96, passing Allie Morey '15. She also set two program records in her senior campaign. First, with a 7-0 F&M victory over Eastern on Sept 12, Santangelo set the program record for career wins with 51, eventually ending her career with 64 victories. On Nov. 4, Santangelo notched her 31st career shutout against Johns Hopkins, breaking a 37-year program record, and tallied one more to end at 32 total shutouts. 

Junior forward Erin Coverdale '20 solidified her spot as one of the top players to ever compete in the Conference, becoming the fifth player in CC history and first in F&M history to earn POTY honors in consecutive seasons. 

For the eighth-straight year, the Diplomats were represented on the All-America list; and for the first time since 2015, multiple F&M players were honored with Coverdale '20 and Santangelo '19 both garnering first-team recognition to lead a slew of postseason accolades for the program. 

Erin Coverdale '20

  • Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-America First Team
  • Synapse All-America First Team
  • NFHCA All-Region First Team
  • CC Offensive Player of the Year
  • All-CC First Team 

Ilianna Santangelo '19

  • Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-America First Team
  • Synapse All-America First Team
  • NFHCA All-Region First Team
  • All-CC First Team 

Melissa Gula '20

  • NFHCA All-Region First Team
  • All-CC First Team 

Juliana Keagle '19

  • All-CC Second Team 

Caitlin Morrissey '20

  • All-CC Honorable Mention