LANCASTER, Pa. – Erin Coverdale of the field hockey team and Kevin Mollihan of the men's lacrosse team were presented with the highest honors given to Franklin & Marshall senior athletes at the annual awards ceremony on Monday.
Coverdale won the Karvasales Outstanding Female Senior Athlete Award while Mollihan was honored with the Garrigues Outstanding Male Senior Athlete Award. The Garrigues and Karvasales awards are given to the male and female senior athletes that displayed cumulative outstanding athletic and academic achievements over a four-year period.
The annual end of the year awards ceremony for Franklin & Marshall athletics was produced digitally this year and premiered on the department's YouTube page. The archived ceremony, which contained the annual "EppSPY Awards," can be viewed directly at GoDiplomats.com/AwardShow, or by searching your YouTube app for "GoDiplomats."
Coverdale (Lewes, Del. / Cape Henlopen) helped to lead the field hockey program to one of the most successful seasons in its history, setting five individual program records while remaining one of the top-ranked teams in Division III, culminating in a finish as the national runner-up in 2019. The Diplomats ended the year with a 20-4 record - the most single-season wins in program history - and advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the second time in the last three seasons.
Coverdale earned All-America distinction for the third consecutive season and became the fourth player in F&M history to be named to three All-America lists. She was named to the All-CC and All-Region First Team for three straight seasons as well and was the 2017 and 2018 CC Offensive Player of the Year and the 2017 Regional Player of the Year.
After tallying game-winning goals in back-to-back contests over Lebanon Valley and Mary Washington in September, Coverdale set the program standard with 16 career game-winners, ending the season with 18 total career game-winners. She finished with 11 goals and a team-high eight assists during her senior season, setting the program record for career goals (56) and points (136) along the way.
Mollihan (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood) leaves F&M as the most prolific goal scorer in Centennial Conference history and one of the most decorated players in the history of the program. Just four games into his senior season, Mollihan scored his 207th career goal which broke the CC record that had stood for 18 years. His senior season ended abruptly in March as Mollihan was just 62 points away from resetting the program record of 321 set in 1990.
His 66 goals scored in 2019 rank first all-time in a single season, while his 207 career goals are first and his 259 points are third. He scored five or more goals in 22 games, including a career-high nine goals in a victory over Susquehanna in 2018. His 81 points in 2017 reset a CC record for points by a first-year.
Mollihan was a three-time All-American and named to the All-CC First Team in all three of his seasons. He was the 2017 CC Rookie of the Year and was named the CC Player of the Year in 2018. F&M saw unapparelled success during his time Lancaster, winning the 2017 CC Championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 2019 with an overall record of 43-14.
Director of Athletics & Recreation Patty Epps was honored by the F&M Student-Athletic Leadership Committee (SALC) when they gave her the SALC Sportsmanship Award. The Sportsmanship Award is bestowed upon a member of the Diplomat community who has consistently demonstrated good sportsmanship and ethical behavior throughout their time with Franklin & Marshall athletics.
Nicolette Runko (Howell, N.J. / Marine Acad.) from the women's soccer team and Kevin Lammers (Haddon Heights, N.J. / Bishop Eustace Prep.) of the football and baseball teams were awarded the third annual Athletic Director's Award for Leadership Distinction. The award recognizes two graduating seniors for exemplary leadership that has transformed their lives, the lives of their teammates, as well as fellow student-athletes.
Jonathon Sinton (Towson, Md. / Loyola Blakefield) from the men's swimming team and Matt Hamby (Glen Mills, Pa. / Garnet Valley) of the football team joined Julia Bevan (Strafford, Pa. / Conestoga) from women's squash and Rachel Wylie (State College, Pa. / State College) from the track & field team as honorees of the Delphic Student-Athlete Award. The award is given to the male and female senior athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the fall semester. He/she must have achieved the highest level of excellence in athletics, community service, and academics. In accordance with the College's Delphic Student-Athlete Honor Society, the recipients must also embody the ideals of mind, body, and spirit.