LANCASTER, Pa. - Six Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse members were named to the 2019 All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team, announced Wednesday. Megan Jackson, Maggie Hanzsche and Emily Kitchin were named to the First Team, while Ally Marino, Tabitha Rodriguez, and Anya Chopoorian landed on the Second Team.
Hanzsche earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, Marino was named the Rookie of the Year and head coach Mike Faith was picked by his peers as Coach of the Year for the second time (2016) in his career. The three First-Team selections bring F&M's total to 71, the most in the history of the Centennial.
Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa. / Conestoga) is the third Diplomat (Vanessa Budd, 2015, 2017 and Samantha Blicht, 2016) in the last six seasons to be named Defensive Player of the Year. She was named to the First Team for the second consecutive season after leading the Conference with 34 caused turnovers on the year. A unanimous selection, the junior defender currently leads the Diplomats with 42 groundballs and is tied for fifth in the CC. Hanzsche helped cement a defense that held opponents to only 7.29 goals a game during the regular season.
Marino (Malvern, Pa. / Episcopal Academy) is the second Diplomat to earn Rookie of the Year honors, with the last being Paige Moriarty in 2015. The first-year attacker leads F&M with 44 goals and ranks second with 12 assists, scoring a hat trick in 10 out of 19 games so far.
Jackson (Cockeysville, Md. / Notre Dame Prep.) garnered All-CC honors for the first time in her career as a unanimous selection. The sophomore attacker currently leads the team with 59 draw controls, sits second with 40 goals and is tied for fourth with eight assists.
Kitchin (Morristown, N.J. / Morristown-Beard School) is the sixth first year in CC history to earn First Team recognition. The first-year 'keeper leads the Conference in save percentage (56.0) and goals-against average (7.41). Kitchin was named the CC Defensive POTW four times during the regular season and earned IWLCA/Lacrosse Sports Network Division III POTW honors twice.
Chopoorian (Boonton Township, N.J. / Mountain Lakes) was named to the All-CC team for the second consecutive year as a defender. The sophomore is second on the team in groundballs (35) and caused turnovers (21).
Rodriguez (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown Stem Academy) earned Second Team honors as a midfielder. The first-year ranks second on the team in draw controls (48) and third in goals (25). Rodriguez propelled the offense in the second half of the season with an eight-game scoring streak, starting with three goals as part of F&M's 9-6 win over Gettysburg on April 3.
The Diplomats received one of 10 at-large bids (Pool C) to the NCAA Tournament after ending the regular season with a 15-4 record. F&M won the Centennial regular season and earned the top seed in the CC Tournament before falling to eventual champions Gettysburg. F&M faces Springfield on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.