Nine college field hockey players with local ties were among those picking up national honors on Wednesday as both the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and Synapse Sports announced their All-American teams.
Three players, all in Division Three, were named to both lists. Franklin & Marshall’s Erin Coverdale and Messiah’s Shayna Landis, a Lancaster Mennonite graduate, earned first team recognition, while F&M’s Ilianna Santagelo was named to the second team.
The U.S. women’s field hockey team was also represented, with first team All-America honors going to Ashley Hoffman and Erin Matson, who each also picked up a postseason awards. Hoffman was named Defensive Player of the Year and Matson claimed the title of Rookie of the Year, capping off a season in which they helped North Carolina capture the NCAA title.
Here’s a look at the Lancaster County All-Americans in each division.
Ohio State senior Kelsey Nolan was named to the Synapse Sports first team. The midfielder started all 20 games for the Buckeyes, scoring three goals and tying for second on the team with five assists. A Hempfield graduate, Nolan also earned spots on the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I West All-Region, Big 10 All-Tournament and All-Big Ten Teams.
First team Synapse All-American honors went to Kutztown’s Mackenzie Fuhrman, a Manheim Township graduate, and Shippensburg’s Mikayla Cheney, a former Conestoga Valley standout.
Fuhrman started all 19 games for Kutztown and earned her second All-PSAC first team selection. The A junior midfielder scored five goals and had 11 assists, a number good for second both on the Golden Bears and in the conference.
Cheney played in all 23 games for Shippensburg, starting in 22. The junior defender helped a defense than recorded nine shutouts, including a 1-0 overtime victory over East Stroudsburg in the national championship.
After 70 minutes of scoreless play, it took less than one minute of overtime for Shippensburg find the winning goal. Taking an outlet pass, freshman Adrienne McGarrigle, a Warwick graduate, worked her way into the circle and fired through a pair of defenders. Sophomore Emily Stauffer was waiting by the post for the deflection to seal the Raiders third straight championship.
Shippensburg’s roster also boasts Manheim Township’s Emily Kurtz and Hempfield’s Lauren Loperfido, as well as assistant coach Jordan Paige, who played at Cocalico and coached at Hempfield.
A trio of Millersville players earned second team All-America selections, including Elizabethtown graduate Sol Ortiz-Kreiner.
The redshirt sophomore midfielder play in all 21 games for the Marauders, finishing second on the team with 23 points. She led the team and finished third in the PSAC with nine assists and tallied seven goals, good for third on the team.
Erica Tarsi, a junior forward, earned her second consecutive All-America honor after leading Millersville with 14 goals – fourth-best in the conference -- and six assists. Jordan Goddard, a junior, helped the Marauders record 10 shutouts – second best in all of Division II – and allow only 21 goals, the fourth fewest in the PSAC.
Earning her second All-America honor, but first selection to the first team, Landis started all 20 games for Messiah. The senior defender helped the Falcons hold opponents to just 14 goals in 21 games, a 0.67 goals against average that ranks eighth in the country. The former Lancaster Mennonite standout also earned first team All-Region and All-MAC Commonwealth honors and was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year.
F&M’s Coverdale led the Centennial Conference with 44 points, including 18 goals and a second-best six assists. The junior forward was also named to the All-Region and All-Centennial Conference first teams and was named the conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Fellow Diplomat Santagelo was fourth in the country with a 0.53 goals against average and fifth with a .851 save percentage to earn All-Region and All-Centennial Conference selections. The goalie finishes her career as the program’s leader with 63 wins and 32 shutouts.