LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall field hockey's Melissa Gula and Lily Mynott were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America First Team while teammates Erin Coverdale and Christina Seery picked up Third Team honors.
The four honors mark 38 total times in program history that members of the Diplomats have earned All-America status and the ninth consecutive season that F&M has landed at least one player named on the All-America list.
Gula (Short Hills, N.J. / Millburn) received her fourth postseason distinction with a selection to the All-America First Team after being named Centennial Conference (CC) Defensive Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and landing on the All-CC and All-Region First Team in November. The midfielder started all 24 games and 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 third on the team with six assists, tacking on five goals, including the game-winner over Elizabethtown on Aug. 30.
Mynott (Millburn, N.J. / Millburn) added the All-America selection to her list of postseason accolades after the junior earned places on the All-CC and All-Region First Teams and was named CC Offensive Player of the Year. In the regular season, Mynott was named CC Offensive Player of the Week twice. The junior set the single-season program records with 30 goals and 65 points and tied the program record for most game-winning goals in a season with nine after her overtime blast over TCNJ in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 16. Mynott turned in three different six-point performances this year, the most in a single season in the history of the F&M field hockey program.
Coverdale (Lewes, Del. / Cape Henlopen) earned All-America distinction for the third consecutive season after being named to the All-CC and All-Region First Team earlier this offseason. The senior becomes the fourth player in F&M history to be named to three All-America lists. Coverdale finished with 11 goals and a team-high eight assists on the season, setting the program record for career goals (56) and points (136) along the way. 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, earning CC Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process.
Seery (Westfield, N.J. / Westfield) was named to the All-America list for the first time in her career, also earning All-Region and All-CC First Team for the first time this year. Amid 10 shutout performances, the junior goalkeeper was also named CC Defensive Player of the Week two times this season. Seery started all 24 games for the Diplomats and her 0.80 goals-against average was good for 12th in the country.
F&M finished as the national runners-up with a 20-4 record, establishing a program-high for wins in a single season. The Diplomats advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the second time in the last three years and played in the Championship for the second time in program history, and the first time since 1981.