Diplomats Look to Ride Home-Field Advantage to CC Championship - Week 11 Game Notes

Diplomats Look to Ride Home-Field Advantage to CC Championship - Week 11 Game Notes
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – Centennial Conference Semifinals
No. 1 Franklin & Marshall vs. No. 4 Swarthmore | 7:00 p.m. | Lancaster
Series Record: F&M leads 44-15
Streak: F&M +8
Last F&M Victory: 15-9, March 25, 2017
Last SWAT Victory: 8-6, March 25, 2009
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Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Centennial Conference Finals
Semifinal Winners | 1:00 p.m. | At Highest Remaining Seed 


Series History: F&M owns a 44-15 edge in the previous 59 meetings with Swarthmore, including wins in each of the last eight dating back to 2009.

In the Rankings: The Diplomats moved up to No. 12 in this week's USILA Coaches Poll. Dickinson (No. 14) and Gettysburg (No. 19) also represent the CC in the top 20.

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F&M in the Tourney: The Diplomats are making their eighth trip to the CC Tourney with appearances in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2013, 2014 and 2016.  F&M has advanced to the CC Finals in 2013 and 2014, but came up short on both occasions.

F&M last won a conference title in 1990 when the Diplomats competed in the MAC.

CC Dominance: For the first time in program history, F&M finished it's CC schedule unbeaten and earned the top seed in the tournament. 

2017 Tourney: Swarthmore is playing in the CC Tournament for the second consecutive year. 

Gettysburg made its 18th consecutive appearance in the CC tournament and have won 15 Centennial Conference championships, including 10 since the conference starting using a postseason playoff to determine the champion in 2001. Dickinson appears in the playoffs after missing the cut last season.

CC POTWScott Hatch was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Defensive Player of the Week for men's lacrosse, announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. The honor is the second of the season for Hatch and the eighth time a member of the team earned the distinction this year.

Hatch (Northport, N.Y. / Northport) posted a 60.7 save percentage and a 6.71 goals-against mark in a 2-0 week that helped the Diplomats secure the top seed in the upcoming CC Tournament. On Wednesday against No. 13 Dickinson, Hatch registered seven saves and allowed just three second-half goals in a 9-8 upset of the Red Devils. The sophomore goalkeeper followed that effort with a 10-save performance in a 19-4 bashing of Muhlenberg on Saturday. 

Last Time We Met Swarthmore: Sean Rogers tallied seven goals and handed out an assist to lead F&M to a 15-9 victory over the Garnet on March 25.

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Last Week: The Diplomats started the week with a bang on Wednesday as Mike Rama struck with under two seconds left in the game to deliver No. 15 F&M a 9-8 victory over No. 13 Dickinson.

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The week and regular season ended on Saturday as the Diplomats celebrated Senior Day with a 19-4 defeat of Muhlenberg.

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Career Milestone Watch: Rogers now ranks seventh in program history with 179 points, while the record is held by Jon Dale '90 with 321. Rogers' 81 career assists place him eighth in the program record books, with Dale again owning the record, dishing out 218 helpers over his four seasons in Lancaster.

Season Milestone Watch: With 56 goals on the season, Mollihan has the second-highest single season total in program history. The record is 63, held by Chris Mergardt '96. Last week, Mollihan broke the CC freshman record of 51 goals in a season, previously held by McDaniel's Joe Ellis.

CC Leaders: Mollihan and Rogers top the conference in total points, with Mollihan's 71 ranking first while Rogers' 70 is good for second. No other CC player has more than 58. 

Mollihan's 56 goals lead the CC, 15 ahead of Dickinson's Dylan Maher in second with 41 and Rogers is third at 40. Meanwhile, Rogers has 30 assists on the year, two more than second-place Gerard Brown of Gettysburg with 22.

As a result, F&M leads the conference in goals (201) and goals per game (13.40).