F&M Heads to Lexington to Take on Randolph, No. 24 W&L

F&M Heads to Lexington to Take on Randolph, No. 24 W&L

Game 3
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
F&M vs. Randolph (at W&L) | Lexington, VA | 2:30 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 1-0
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Sept. 12, 2015
Last Randolph Victory: N/A
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Game 4
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
F&M at Washington & Lee | Lexington, VA | 2:30 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 2-1-1
Streak: F&M +2
Last F&M Victory: 2-0, Nov. 12, 2016
Last W&L Victory: 3-2, Sept. 9, 1990
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Series History: Franklin & Marshall, ranked No. 6 in the nation, continues non-conference competition this weekend, traveling down to Lexington, Va. for a pair of contests. The Diplomats square off against Randolph for just the second time, after rolling the Wildcats at home by a score of 3-1 on Sept. 12, 2015. A rematch of the 2016 NCAA Second Round is on tap for Sunday against No. 24 W&L, a team that F&M holds a 2-1-1 lead against, dating back to 1990.  

Last Game Against Randolph: F&M emerged from a scrappy, physical contest with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Randolph on Sept. 12, 2015 at Tylus Field. Chase TenBrook (27th minute), Jason Tonelli (51st minute) and Wyatt Fabian (70th minute) tallied the Diplomats' markers.

F&M outshot Randolph by a 19-3 tally and Trevor Britton got the win in net after not facing a shot on goal.

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Last Game Against W&L: F&M's offense dominated possession from the onset and never took its foot off the gas in a 2-0 shutout of Washington & Lee in the Second Round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament in Lancaster on Nov. 12, 2016.

Zach Colton got the scoring started in the early going with a 13th minute goal while Robert Maze added a key insurance tally in the 89th. Shots were led by F&M at 18-10 with a 12-3 edge in the second half. Corners favored the Diplomats at 3-2. Five members of F&M's offense had three shots each. Goalkeeper Dave Reingold (14-3-4) earned his second consecutive shutout and ninth of the year with two saves on the night. 

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Last Week: The Diplomats went 1-1 to open the 2017 season last week, falling just short against Cal Lutheran by a 3-2 score on Friday before bouncing back on Saturday with a 2-0 blanking of Alvernia.

Against Cal Lutheran, the Diplomats battled back from an early two-goal deficit but were unable to even the score. Tonelli (32nd minute) and Jim Connolly (81st minute) notched both of F&M's goals. Despite the final score, the Diplomats controlled the stat sheet, leading the shot count at 23-6 which included a 14-1 edge in the second frame. F&M also dominated corners at 13-0.

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On Saturday against Alvernia, a pair of Connolly assists and a strong overall defensive effort from F&M helped key a commanding shutout. Tonelli scored for the second straight game after registering a 50th minute tally while Fabian notched the dagger just seven minutes later. Freshman goalkeeper Sebastian Jenkins (1-0) stopped six shots through 90 minutes of action to claim his first collegiate victory and shutout. 

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In the Rankings: The Diplomats were rewarded with the No. 6 position in the newly-minted United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll after finishing last season at the same ranking. Haverford is the only other CC institution to find its name on the list, currently sitting at No. 18.  

The first regular season poll of 2017 is set to be released on Tuesday, Sept. 12. 

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Tylus Unbeaten Streak: The Diplomats are 7-0-1 in their last eight contests at Tylus Field, dating back to Sept. 24, 2016. 

Among the Leaders: Connolly leads the Centennial Conference (CC) with three assists through two games, while Tonelli's two goals place him in a tie for second. Connolly also sees his name among the leaders in points, currently sitting in a tie for second with five.

Record Book Watch: Tonelli has nine game-winning goals in his career, a mark that ranks third in program history. Ben Beaver '13 leads the way with 20. The senior forward also has 19 career goals, which ties for 16th on the all-time list, while his 41 career points are tied for 18th. Beaver also tops each category with 47 and 104, respectively.