LANCASTER, Pa. – Three members of the Franklin & Marshall field hockey team have been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region V Team.
Katie Roper and Carolina Riley earned first-team honors for the Diplomats, while Darby Klopp received second-team recognition as announced by the national coach's organization. The three all-region honorees mark the ninth time in 11 seasons that the Diplomats have had at least that many players earn this accolade in the same season.
Katie Roper earns first-team all-region honors as a senior after receiving second-team recognition in 2021. Selected as a first-team All-Centennial Conference performer earlier this fall, Roper was a staple on the Diplomats' defense as she recorded crucial defensive saves against nationally-ranked Kean and Ursinus. For her defensive efforts in late September, Roper earned CC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career. She started 56 of her 58 career appearances with the Diplomats.
Carolina Riley earned all-region recognition for the first time in her career as a junior after being named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Riley became the second player in F&M history to be named CC Defensive Player of the Year (Melissa Gula '19) after helping the Diplomats record seven shutouts while allowing just 1.14 goals per game. Riley also aided the offense with four goals, including the game-winner in double overtime at Muhlenberg. The junior has started all 32 matches she has played for the Diplomats during the last two seasons.
After earning all-conference recognition during each of her three competitive seasons at Franklin & Marshall, senior Darby Klopp was recognized as an all-region performer for the first time in her career. Klopp finished the season top-three on the team in points (16), goals (6), and assists (4). The forward tallied game-winning goals during the victories against Ursinus and Mary Washington. She was named the conference's offensive player of the week after scoring two more goals against Gettysburg before netting the game-winner against Mary Washington.
Field hockey put together another strong season in 2022, finishing with a 13-5 record – including a 9-1 mark in the Centennial Conference – before reaching the CC semifinals. The Diplomats earned nationally-ranked wins against Christopher and Ursinus throughout the regular season as a part of their 7-1 record on Tylus Field.