No. 4 F&M Begins Tournament Run – NCAA 1st/2nd Round Games Notes

No. 4 F&M Begins Tournament Run – NCAA 1st/2nd Round Games Notes

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NCAA First Round - Game 1
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
No. 4 F&M vs. PSU-Harrisburg | Lancaster | 1:00 PM

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Series Record: First Meeting
Streak: N/A
Last F&M Win: N/A
Last PSU-Harrisburg Win: N/A

NCAA First Round - Game 2
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
Hobart vs. Montclair St. | Lancaster | 3:30 PM

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NCAA Second Round
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019
First Round Winners | Lancaster | 3:00 PM

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F&M Tournament History 

The Diplomats qualified for their seventh-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance – a streak unmatched in the history of the Centennial Conference. During that run, F&M reached four Sweet 16's and a pair of Elite Eights. Overall, the Diplomats have advanced the Tournament on 10 occasions, and hold a 12-9 all-time record in the Playoffs.

F&M is in search of its second-ever NCAA National Championship, previously earning the Title in 1952. At that time, all 312 colleges and universities that competed in intercollegiate soccer were considered part of one division. There were no playoffs to determine a National Champion. Therefore, a group of coaches essentially crowned the 9-0 Diplomats after their unblemished regular season.

For a complete look at F&M's NCAA Tournament history, click here. For a look at this year's bracket, click here

Series History 

Of the three teams in F&M's opening-weekend pod, only Hobart has ever squared off with the hosting Diplomats. That meeting occurred back in 2010 in Lancaster with F&M falling by a 6-1 tally. 

Ticket Information

Tickets will cost $6 for adults and $3 for students with ID's and senior citizens and $2 children (3-12). Please note that pets are not permitted at Tylus Field during NCAA play.

Last Week 

F&M went 1-1 in last weekend's Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament, scoring three second-half goals to route Gettysburg by a 3-0 score at home in the Semifinals. Recap. The Diplomats squared off with No. 3 Johns Hopkins in the Finals and fell in a back-and-forth tilt by a 3-2 tally. Recap

Among the Nation's Leaders

F&M ranks 36th among Division III teams in corner-kick opportunities per game at 6.47, while the Diplomats place 39th in goals-against average at 0.762.

In the Polls 

F&M held steady at No. 4 in the final United Soccer Coaches Top-25 National Poll before the NCAA Tournament. 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.  

All-CC Team

Six members of the Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team earned All-Centennial Conference (CC) recognition, announced by the league office on Wednesday. Connor Whitacre landed on the First Team, while A.J. Kopacz, J.T. Mogan, and Christopher Amoruso all garnered Second Team accolades.

Alex Lalovic and Shay Adamson received Honorable Mention recognition, while head coach Dan Wagner was named the Centennial's Coach of the Year.

A Record Streak

F&M's seven-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.

Seven-Goal Outburst

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 16-3 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, 24 players have appeared in 10 or more games, and 14 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.