BALTIMORE, Md. – Franklin & Marshall's No. 13 field hockey team downed Johns Hopkins 2-1 on Sunday afternoon to take home the program's first Centennial Conference (CC) Championship since 2012.
F&M improved to 15-3 overall while Johns Hopkins finished its season 14-5.
Sarah Schannauer was named the CC Tournament MVP after recording one goal, one assist, and three defensive saves over the course of the two-tournament. She now holds the program record with 17 defensive saves in her career.
The CC Title gives F&M an automatic bid to compete in the 2017 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament. The brackets will be released Sunday evening around 11:30 p.m. EST and can found here.
Annie Horsley got things going for the Diplomats finding the back of the cage off a penalty stroke in the fifth minute to give F&M the 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes went by before the Diplomats struck again when Lily Mynott charged down the left side of the field and cut to the middle to place the shot in the bottom left corner of the cage to give F&M the 2-0 lead.
Johns Hopkins looked to get on the board with penalty corners in the 16th and 17th minutes, but stops from Horlsey and a defensive save from Schannauer kept F&M ahead by two.
Hopkins got on the board with a goal with three minutes left in the first half when Claire Fox was able to take advantage off a penalty corner to bring the score to 2-1 heading into halftime.
F&M led 5-4 in both shots and penalty corners in the first frame.
Sydney Cole had a good look in the 41st minute of play to try to extend F&M's lead but was unable to find the back of the cage after a save from Hopkins' goalkeeper.
Back-to-back saves from Ilianna Santangelo in the 66th minute kept the Diplomats 2-1 lead and helped F&M secure the CC Title.
F&M led in shots 11-7 and penalty corners 9-6. Santangelo recorded four saves on the day.
Stay tuned to GoDiplomats.com early this week for more NCAA Tournament information.