Continued excellence for the Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer program in 2016 was made evident by the Diplomats becoming one of just five teams in the nation to appear in four-straight NCAA Sweet 16's while also reaching the Elite Eight for the second time since 2013.
At the close of the season, F&M (15-4-4 overall) was recognized for its string of unremitting dominance with another record for the program, as the Diplomats finished at No. 6 in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) National Poll – the highest finish in their history.
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For the third straight year, Tylus Field was the site for the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, with the Diplomats once again dictating play on their home turf. F&M opened action with a shutout against Geneva (1-0) on Nov. 11 and followed the next day by blanking Washington & Lee (2-0) to reach the Sweet 16 once again.
The postseason run continued in Grantham, Pa. against No. 6 Cortland, who the Diplomats dispatched with a 93rd-minute Jason Tonelli '18 goal in overtime for the 1-0 thriller. F&M ultimately fell just short of its first Final Four showing in school history, taking a 1-0 edge against No. 16 Calvin in the second half but ultimately falling, 4-1.
Senior's Jeremy Levine '17, Conor Pellas '17, Matt Regueiro '17, Dave Reingold '17 and Ben Wild '17 graduated as the program's most successful class, collecting a 65-14-9 record through four years, to go along with two Elite Eight's and a CC Championship in 2013.
Long-standing season records fell, and others were threatened, as Reingold started and played in more games (23) than any other goalkeeper in history, Ugo Okolie '19 tallied the fourth-most assists (9), and Tonelli registered the third-most game-winning goals (5).
For the fourth-straight season the Diplomats were represented on the All-America list; and for the second time in three years, multiple F&M players were honored with Wyatt Fabian '18 and Okolie '19 both garnering third-team accolades to lead a slew of postseason accolades for the program.
Wyatt Fabian '18
Ugo Okolie '19
Dave Reingold '17
Ben Wild '17
Jason Tonelli '18
Alex Bilodeau '19
Jeremy Levine '17