LANCASTER, Pa. – Six members of the Franklin & Marshall field hockey team were named to the 2019 All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team, announced by the league office on Tuesday. Lily Mynott was named the Offensive Player of the Year and earned First Team honors, each for the first time in her career. Melissa Gula earned Defensive Player of the Year for the first time in her career and was named to the First Team for the second consecutive season. Darby Klopp was selected CC Rookie of the Year and landed on the Honorable Mention list. Mynott and Gula were joined on the first team by Erin Coverdale and Christina Seery. Klopp was joined by Colleen Francis as an Honorable Mention.
Mynott (Millburn, N.J. / Millburn) was named CC Offensive Player of the Year, marking the fifth time in program history and the third consecutive season that a Diplomat has received the honor. It is the first time that the junior has received All-CC honors. In the regular season, Mynott was named CC Offensive Player of the Week twice, leading the team and the CC in goals (20), points (44), and game-winners (7). Her 91 total shots and 56 shots on goal were second on the team and in the Conference.
Gula (Short Hills, N.J. / Millburn) is the first Diplomat to receive CC Defensive Player of the Year in the three-year history of the honor, while being named to the All-CC team for the second time in her career. The midfielder was a key cog in F&M's defense that allowed the fewest goals in the Conference with nine. On the offensive side, the co-captain was second on the team and tied for seventh in the CC with five assists, tacking on four goals, including the game-winner over Elizabethtown on Aug. 30.
Coverdale (Lewes, Del. / Cape Henlopen) earned All-CC First Team honors for the third consecutive season following back-to-back CC Offensive Player of the Year selections. The senior applied more pressure to opposing defenses than any other player in the Conference during the regular season, putting up 128 total shots and 72 shots on goal in the regular season. Her seven assists were good for the team's top mark and fifth in the CC. After tallying game-winning goals in back-to-back contests over Lebanon Valley and Mary Washington in September, Coverdale set the new program standard with 16 career game-winners, earning CC Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process.
Seery (Westfield, N.J. / Westfield) was selected to the First Team in her first season starting in the cage for F&M. Amid nine shutout performances, the junior goalkeeper was also named CC Defensive Player of the Week two times this season. Her .590 goals-against average was fourth in the country and best in the CC. Seery paced the Conference in save percentage at .818, good for 20th in all of Division III.
Klopp (Lewes, Del. / Cape Henlopen) is the second Diplomat to be named CC Rookie of the Year, also receiving Honorable Mention. The forward tallied 10 goals on the season, second on the team and tied for seventh in the Conference, including a key game-winner in a 1-0 win over Haverford on Sept. 28 among three total game-winners on the season.
Francis (Acton, Mass. / Acton-Boxborough Regional) received Honorable Mention in her first time landing on the All-CC squad. The senior was a focal point in the Diplomat defense all season, making key stops in transition on many occasions throughout the year. The Conference named Francis CC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 29 after she helped F&M hold McDaniel and Bryn Mawr without a shot attempt or penalty corner opportunity in consecutive shutout victories.
The Diplomats open the 2019 NCAA Tournament Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. when Hartwick comes to Lancaster.