Six Women's Soccer Players Named Academic All-District

Six Women's Soccer Players Named Academic All-District

Academic All-District Release

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall women's soccer team had six players named to the 2022 College Sports Communicators (formerly CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Team. This honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December. To be eligible for this honor a student-athlete most be at least a sophomore and have completed at least one full year at their current institution in addition to maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA while playing in at least half of the team's contests. The CSC Academic All-America® program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

Lainie Anderson, Sierra Brophy, Emily Cleary, Alison Francis, Meg O'Callahan, and Hayden Wilson all earned this distinction for the Diplomats. Each of these individuals are receiving this recognition for the first times in their career.

Lainie Anderson was named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team for the second consecutive season after starting 15 of her 17 appearances this fall. She scored her first career goal against Muhlenberg and also found the back of the net against Bryn Mawr. The senior biochemistry and molecular biology major also had two assists against Haverford and will graduate for F&M as a three-time selection to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Sierra Brophy earned first-team All-Centennial Conference honors for the first time in her career. The junior scored a team-best nine goals and assisted on three others this fall to lead the Diplomats with 25 points. Brophy was an all-region honoree last season with those awards yet to be announced this fall. A biology major, Brophy has twice been named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Emily Cleary earned second-team All-Centennial Conference honors for the first time in her career as a senior. She started all 18 games for the Franklin & Marshall defense that posted nine shutouts and allowed just 0.82 goals per game. In addition to her work on the defensive end of the field, Cleary also scored a goal against Marywood. A public health major with a focus in biology, Cleary will graduate as a three-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll selection.

Alison Francis garnered second-team All-Centennial Conference recognition this fall after scoring seven goals and assisting on two others for a career-best 16 points. She has now scored 12 goals during her first two competitive seasons with the Diplomats, including game-winning tallies against Muhlenberg and Bryn Mawr this fall. Double majoring in business, organizations & society and mathematics, Francis is a two-time selection to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Meg O'Callahan earned another first-team All-Centennial Conference recognition this fall after her All-America campaign as a junior. The senior midfielder scored six goals and assisted on six others for Franklin & Marshall this fall. Those tallies included game-winners against York (Pa.), Marywood, and Penn State Harrisburg. A public health major with a focus in government, O'Callahan will graduate as a two-time honoree to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Hayden Wilson earned second-team All-Centennial Conference recognition last year and was another key piece of the F&M defense this fall as she started all 16 of her appearances. She was one of six players on this year's team who started every match in which she played. The Diplomats' sophomore will be named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll for the first time in her career later this fall.

Women's soccer advanced to the Centennial Conference Tournament for second straight season after making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance last fall. In 2022, the Diplomats reached the national top 25 rankings for the first time in program history, ascending to No. 21 in the nation during late September. The Diplomats finished the season with an overall record of 10-3-5, falling in penalty kicks to McDaniel during their opening match of the Centennial Conference Tournament.