Diplomats Taking on Hopkins in CC Semifinals

Diplomats Taking on Hopkins in CC Semifinals
CC Semifinals
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
No. 2 F&M vs. No. 3 Hopkins
Haverford, Pa. | Not Before 1:30 PM
Series Record: JHU Leads 40-23-6         
Streak: F&M +3     
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Oct. 15, 2016       
Last JHU Victory: 1-0, Sept. 29, 2012
Video | Live Stats
 
CC Finals
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
Semifinal Winners
Haverford, Pa. | 1:00 PM
Video | Live Stats
 

Men's soccer returns to the CC Playoffs for the eighth consecutive year and is looking for its first CC Title since 2013. The Diplomats head into action as the No. 2 seed after wrapping up the regular season with a 12-2-3, 7-1-1 CC record.

Haverford (11-3-3, 8-1 CC) earned the right to host the tournament for the second straight season and are looking to defend its title from a year ago. However, parity has been the norm for the Conference Playoffs, with six different schools hoisting the trophy in the past seven years. 

Series History: Each of the last two F&M-Johns Hopkins battles has come down to the final seconds of regulation with the Diplomats' scoring the game-winning goal on both occasions. 

On Oct. 15 of this year, Ben Wild's tally with 11 seconds to go delivered F&M a 1-0 victory against the Blue Jays, its third straight in the series.

Last Week: The Diplomats wrapped up the regular season with a 4-1 bashing of Gettysburg on Wednesday, before dropping their first game in more than a month with a 2-1 loss against Dickinson on Saturday. 

To read a complete recap from the win against Gettysburg, click here. To view video highlights from the contest, click here.

A full recap of Saturday's narrow defeat against the Red Devils can be found here.

In the Rankings: F&M now sits at No. 8 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. Haverford is the only other CC Institution to crack the top-25, now sitting at No. 17. 

To view the complete top-25, click here

D3Soccer.com has the Diplomats falling to No. 11, down four spots from a week before. Haverford moved up to No. 19, while regional opponents, Messiah (No. 2) and Elizabethtown (No. 15) were also represented on the list.

To view the complete top-25, click here.

Among the Leaders (CC): Jason Tonelli ranks second in the CC in points (21) and goals (10), while Robert Maze's seven tallies are tied for fourth. Ugo Okolie is second with eight assists while Wyatt Fabian is tied for seventh with four. 

Goalkeeper Dave Reingold holds the second-lowest goals-against-average mark in the conference at 0.64. His 56 saves are sixth, and his .836 save percentage stands alone in second. 

Entering the week, the Diplomats lead the Conference with 35 goals and are second in goals against average at 0.73. 

Among the Leaders (NCAA): Tonelli's four game-winning goals place him 47th nationally, while Reingold's 0.638 GAA ranks 25th

Maze on a Roll: With a last-second goal against Dickinson on Saturday, Maze now has four tallies in three games and seven in his previous nine. His last three scores were all assisted by Okolie.