Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019
No. 4 F&M vs. Eastern | Lancaster | 7:00 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 3-2
Streak: EU +2
Last F&M Victory: 2-0, Aug. 30, 2002
Last EU Victory: 1-0, Nov. 11, 2018
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
No. 4 F&M at Ursinus | Collegeville | 12:00 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 59-16-6
Streak: F&M +5
Last F&M Victory: 2-0, Oct. 6, 2018
Last UC Victory: 2-1, Oct. 2, 2013
Franklin & Marshall (10-1, 4-0 Centennial Conference) enters the week riding a nine-game winning streak that dates back to Sept. 7th. The No. 4-ranked Diplomats open against Eastern on Wednesday in a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament contest. The Eagles have gotten the upper hand as of late with wins in the last two meetings, but F&M won the first three contests in the series.
The Diplomats travel to Ursinus on Saturday where F&M holds a 20-9-2 record and is 10-0-1 in the last 11 games in Collegeville.
A pair of Centennial opponents gave F&M a fight last week but both results went the Diplomats' way in a 2-1 win over Dickinson on Wednesday and a 1-0 shutout of Swarthmore on Saturday.
On the road against Swarthmore, Alex Martinez scored the lone goal in the 27th minute and the F&M defense provided on of their strongest performances of the year after allowing just one shot on goal against Swarthmore. Recap.
Among the Leaders
Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso is first among all Centennial goalkeeper with a 0.54 goals-against average while his .824 save percentage places second.
As a team, the Diplomats' 0.62 GAA tops the Centennial while their 16.2 shots per game average places second.
Record Book Watch
Connor Whitacre is tied for seventh in program history in career game-winning goals with five, while teammate Robert Maze is close behind in 11th with four. Ben Beaver '14 tops the list with 20 in his career.
Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso broke the top-10 for career shutouts and now places sixth with 14. Zach Zamek '10 holds the record with 25. He has accumulated 26 wins in his career as well, a mark which places sixth. Zamek also holds that record with 41.
In the Poll
F&M ranks No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 National Poll for the second week in a row. Johns Hopkins is the Centennial's next highest-ranked team at No. 7. Tufts tops the list at No. 1. The Diplomats remained at the number one spot in the Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings, and are ahead of Johns Hopkins and Catholic. Complete poll.
In the D3soccer.com poll, the Diplomats remained at No. 6 for the second consecutive week. Complete poll.
The No. 4 ranking in the coaches poll is the highest for F&M since a three-week stretch in 2015 that saw the Diplomats hold the No. 1 spot in the nation. F&M opened that campaign at a perfect 14-0 to reach the top billing.
A Flair for the Dramatic
F&M has risen to the occasion in extra minutes this season and is now a perfect 3-0 in overtime contests.
CC Home Win Streak
The Diplomats haven't dropped a Centennial game at home since Oct. 31, 2015, holding a 14-0-3 record in their previous 17 Conference contests in Lancaster.
Reaching a Milestone
With a 1-0 shutout of Scranton on Saturday, Sept. 14th, head coach Dan Wagner reached the 200-win milestone for his career.
Wagner became the program's all-time wins leader in 2012 and is one of only five coaches in the history of the CC to reach the milestone, with the leader being Johns Hopkins' Matt Smith with 240.
A Record Streak
F&M's six-consecutive NCAA Tournament bids is a record streak unmatched in the history of the Centennial Conference (CC). The Diplomats hold an 11-6 playoff record during that time span, including a 7-1 record in Lancaster.