ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Freshman Friederike Stegen earned a spot on the Division I Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team, as Synapse Sports announced earlier this week.
The Laatzen, Germany native becomes the first App State player to earn the honor. Stegen was also named to the MAC All-Tournament team for her stellar postseason play at the conclusion of the 2018 season.
"I'm really proud of Fredi's effort this year," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "She came in and had an immediate impact on our team. She works hard every day and is a good teammate."
Stegen started all 21 games for Appalachian this season, finishing 2018 as the team leader in assists (nine) and game-winning goals (three). The freshman also notched 23 points and seven goals, which rank second and third on the team, respectively.
Stegen also helped Appalachian secure its first two MAC Tournament victories in program history, tallying six points between the pair of triumphs. In a 5-2 opening round victory over Central Michigan, Stegen netted two goals and added an assist. The midfielder then recorded her final assist of the season in the Black & Gold's 2-0 upset win over Longwood.
In her first game in a Mountaineers' uniform, Stegen scored the game-winning goal in a shutout victory over Towson. Nine days later, Stegen notched another game-winning goal with a golden goal in overtime against Rider. The freshman's seven points in her first five career games helped Appalachian open the season with a 4-1 record.
Along with Miami's Noor Breedjik, the midfielder is one of two MAC representatives on the All-Rookie Team. The 16 honorees include players from 11 teams who finished inside the Top 25 of the final NCAA Field Hockey RPI rankings.
In 2017, former Mountaineers' midfielder Taylor Cimbalist became the first App State player to earn a Synapse Sports honor. Cimbalist was named to the Synapse Sports honor roll as a player of the week consideration on Oct. 10, 2017.
Friederike Stegen (Appalachian State)
Noor Breedjik (Miami)
Tonya Botherway (St. Joseph's)
Hannah Davey (Princeton)
Bibi Donraadt (Maryland)
Litiana Field (Virginia Commonwealth)
Erin Matson (North Carolina)
Molly McAndrew (Lafayette)
Annie McDonough (Virginia)
Eva van de Mierop (Boston College)
Anthe Nijziel (Iowa)
Luzi Persiehl (Fairfield)
Molly Redgrove (Stanford)
Ellie Shahbo (Harvard)
Cheyenne Sprecher (Connecticut)
Tessa Verweijen (Delaware)