Series History: The Diplomats travel to Haverford on Saturday looking to improve on a 9-2-2, 2-2-1 record on the season. In the all-time series against the Fords, F&M trails at 31-25-7, with Haverford capturing the previous two wins.
The last time these Centennial Conference (CC) rivals faced off was last year on Sept. 22nd in Lancaster when the Fords escaped with a 1-0 win. F&M's last win at Haverford came in a 1-0 shutout on Sept. 24, 2011.
Last Week: On the heels of two helpers from Jared Bomba, the Diplomats started out last week strong with a 3-0 shutout against DeSales.
In the 48th minute, Ben Beaver sent the ball across the goalmouth where Derek Pawlush tapped it in to put F&M up 1-0. Beaver netted his ninth goal of the season in the 65th when Sam Lane fed Bomba and Bomba's shot hit the post, went back into play, where Beaver was there to clean up the rebound with a shot to give F&M a 2-0 advantage.
Connor Finn put the game out of reach when he buried a Bomba pass in the 71st minute for a 3-0 F&M lead. T.J. White recorded two saves in the win, while Colin Sulpizo took the loss. The Diplomats outshot DeSales 25-5 and held a 10-2 advantage in corners.
No. 23 Franklin & Marshall and Johns Hopkins netted goals less than three minutes apart in the second, but neither team could find the net the remainder of the contest as the Diplomats and Blue Jays battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday in CC action.
White had five saves for F&M with Matt Paris stopping two shots for the Blue Jays. Hopkins held a slight advantage in both shots (12-11) and corners (7-6).
To view stats from last week's contest, click here.
Among the Elite: As a team, the Diplomats rank third in the nation in goals against average (0.37) and fifth in team shutout percentage (0.69), while goalkeeper T.J. White ranks seventh in goals against average (0.37) and 26th in save percentage (.861).
Record Book Watch: Beaver's second-half tally against DeSales on Wednesday moved him into sole possession of second place on F&M's all-time goal-scoring list with 41. The senior forward is now just three shy of tying Scott Runyon's school mark of 44.
In the Rankings: F&M crept back in the top-25 of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Rankings with a No. 21 ranking after not making the list the previous week. The Diplomats fell from No. 23 to No. 25 in the D3soccer.com poll.