Fleet Named HCAC Offensive Player of the Year; McDaniel, Short Earn All-HCAC Nods

L-R: Taylor McDaniel, Maddie Fleet & Lexi Short
L-R: Taylor McDaniel, Maddie Fleet & Lexi Short

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Franklin College senior forward Maddie Fleet was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Offensive Player of the Year for the fourth time when the league announced its 2018 all-conference honors on Tuesday (Nov. 6) afternoon.

The Indianapolis, Ind.-native became the first player in league history to become a four-time Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Grizzlies in all major offensive categories in 2018. Fleet was joined by second team selection Taylor McDaniel and honorable mention nominee Lexi Short. Freshman Madison Short was chosen as Franklin's recipient of the Christopher M. Ragsdale Sportsmanship award.

Fleet was once again the driving force behind the Franklin offense, potting a league-high 22 goals and adding four assists for a league-leading 49 points. Fleet ranks in the top-10 nationally in goals and her 49 points slots her in the top-15 heading into the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Fleet ends her career as the program's all-time leader in goals (96), assists (34), points (226) and game-winning goals (22).

McDaniel was named Second Team All-HCAC for the third consecutive year after posting a pair of goals and four assists for eight points. The junior played all over the field in 2018, making starts at forward, offensive midfield, holding midfield and on the back line. She finished the year with 30 shots and 13 shots on goal.

Short started all 18 games between the pipes for the Grizzlies, finishing with a .741 save percentage, two clean sheets and a career-high 123 saves. She was named HCAC Defensive Player of the Week once in 2018 and moved into second place all-time for most saves in program history with 256 through three years as a starter.

Franklin concluded the year with an 8-9-1 mark, finishing fifth in the conference with a 5-4 record.