Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
No. 4 F&M vs. Gettysburg | Lancaster | 12:00 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 47-35-5
Streak: F&M +12
Last F&M Victory: 2-0, Oct. 30, 2019
Last GC Victory: 2-1, Nov. 3, 2007
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019
Semifinal Winners | Lancaster | 1:00 PM
No. 4-ranked Franklin & Marshall (15-2) enters its 11th straight Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament, good for the second-longest active streak next to Hopkins' run of 18-consecutive appearances. The Diplomats earned weekend hosting rights for the third time CC Tournament history and for the first time since 2014. The last CC Title occurred in 2017 with a 1-0 win over Dickinson in Baltimore, but the Diplomats have never won a CC Title on their home field.
The Diplomats hold a 6-4 all-time record in the CC Semifinals. Last year, F&M shut down Johns Hopkins by a 2-0 sore on the road before dropping. A heartbreaking 3-2 2OT contest against Haverford in the Championship.
Johns Hopkins heads into the weekend as the No. 2 seed and is seeking its first Title since the 2009 season. The Blue Jays still lead all CC schools in Tournament Championships with five. Dickinson will battle the Blue Jays as the No. 3 seed and is looking for its first CC Crown since 2011.
Gettysburg has won the CC Tournament once – the first year the format was created back in 2001 – but has three overall Championships to its name. The Bullets advanced past Wednesday's first-round matchup on the road against Haverford with an 80th-minute score the 1-0 victory.
F&M and Gettysburg meet in the CC Semifinals for the first time since 2007 when the Bullets escaped with a 2-1 OT win at home. These teams squared off just a little over a week ago in the regular season when the Diplomats earned a 2-0 shutout in Gettysburg thanks to a 52nd-minute score from Shay Adamson and a 76th-minute tally from A.J. Kopacz on a rainy Wednesday evening.
F&M closed out the 2019 regular season in style with a commanding 7-0 blanking of McDaniel on Tylus Field last Saturday. Three of those markers occurred in the game's opening 12 minutes before the Diplomats poured on four goals in the second half. Jack Brandt scored a pair while Ryan Horan notched his first-career tally in the 72nd. Recap. Video Highlights.
Amoruso Named Defensive POTW
Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso was named the Centennial Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. He stopped eight shots in a 2-0 week for the Diplomats, not allowing a goal through 160 minutes in net.
Among the Leaders
Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso is first among all Centennial goalkeepers with a 0.61 goals-against average while his five shutouts stand alone in second.
As a team, the Diplomats' 0.63 GAA tops the Centennial while F&M's 2.29 goals scored per game also leads all Conference foes.
Record Book Watch
A.J. Kopacz is climbing the ranks of F&M all-time goals leaders and is currently 21st with 17. Ben Beaver '14 leads the way with 47.
Kopacz is tied for sixth in program history in career game-winning goals with six, while teammate Connor Whitacre is tied for eighth with five. 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 15. Zach Zamek '10 holds the record with 25. He has accumulated 31 wins in his career as well, a mark which places fourth. Zamek also holds that record with 41.
Kopacz's four penalty-kick goals broke the Diplomats' single-season record of three set by Ryan McGonigle in 2005 and Ben Beaver in 2013. Amoruso's 15 wins in net this season place tied for third in single-season history. Trevor Britton '16 is the record holder with a 17-4 mark in 2015.
In the Polls
F&M held steady at No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 National Poll. Johns Hopkins is the Centennial's only additional representative at No. 3. Amherst tops the list at No. 1.
The Diplomats remained at No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings, with Johns Hopkins at the top spot. Messiah is third, followed by Catholic (No. 4) and Stevens (No. 5). Complete poll.
In the D3soccer.com poll, the Diplomats moved up one to the No. 8 spot. Complete poll.
F&M's offense came alive with a 7-0 shutout of McDaniel on Nov. 2. The seven-goal output was the most for a Diplomat team in a single game since 2007 when F&M tallied nine against St. Vincent College.
Wins Record Within Reach
The Diplomats enter the week with a 15-2 record, good for the fourth-most wins in single-season history for the program. The 2013 and 2015 squads top the list with 17 victories.
A Flair for the Dramatic
F&M has risen to the occasion in extra minutes this season and is a perfect 3-0 in overtime contests.
Strength in Numbers
The Diplomats have proven to have one of the deepest benches in Division III as 18 players have made at least one start, 26 players have appeared in five or more games, and 13 Diplomats have notched at least one goal on the year.
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 are 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.