Diplomats Travel to Swarthmore Before Welcoming Hopkins

Diplomats Travel to Swarthmore Before Welcoming Hopkins
Game 12
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
F&M at Swarthmore | Swarthmore | 7:00 PM
Series Record: SWAT Leads 38-28-5
Streak: F&M +5
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Sept. 17, 2016
Last SWAT Victory: 2-1, Sept. 15, 2012
Game 13
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
F&M vs. No. 25 Hopkins | Lancaster | 5:00 PM
Series Record: JHU Leads 40-23-7
Streak: F&M +3
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Oct. 15, 2016
Last JHU Victory: 2-1, Oct. 31, 2012

Series History: Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team (5-5-1, 3-1 CC) heads into the week looking to maintain a spot near the top of the Centennial standings. The Diplomats open action with a road contest against Swarthmore on Wednesday, looking to extend a five-match winning streak versus the Garnet.

Johns Hopkins, ranked No. 25 in the nation and No. 4 in the region, heads to town on Saturday. F&M has won each of the last three contests with the Blue Jays and hasn't allowed Johns Hopkins to win in Lancaster since the 2011 season. These teams have a penchant for tight games, with the last 14 in the series being decided by one goal or less, dating back to the 2005 season. 

Flair for the Dramatic: The last two John Hopkins-F&M battles in Lancaster resulted in final second wins for the Diplomats. In 2014, Jeremy Levine tallied the game winner with just 12 seconds to go in the second half, and Ben Wild delivered a score with 11 seconds remaining in 2016.

Last Game Against Swarthmore: Jason Tonelli torched Swarthmore's defense with three goals, leading No. 7 F&M to a 3-1 road victory against the Garnet on Sept. 17 of last year. Dave Reingold (5-0-2) remained unbeaten in net, stopping both shots he faced in 75 minutes of action.

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Last Game Against Johns Hopkins: One-hundred and 10 minutes of scoreless play followed by penalty kicks, finally gave way to a decisive Ugo Okolie tally as No. 8 F&M downed Johns Hopkins with a 0-0 (4-3 PK) win in the 2016 Centennial Conference (CC) Semifinal.

Goalkeeper Dave Reingold was the star of the penalty kick round, recording three unbelievable diving stops to keep the Diplomats' hopes alive. 

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Last Week: F&M went 1-1 last week, falling to Stevens by a 1-0 score at home on Tuesday before following with a crucial CC victory on Saturday by blanking Ursinus with a 5-0 tally. 

Against Stevens, the Diplomats were undone by a 47th-minute goal despite dominating the shot count at 21-10 and corners at 12-4. 

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Five different players scored goals against Ursinus on Saturday, including freshman Alex Lalovic (81st minute) who notched his first-career score.

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Offensive Onslaught: The Diplomats' five goals against Ursinus on Saturday, Oct. 7 were the most scored in a game since Nov. 14, 2015 when F&M downed Babson by a 5-1 score in the NCAA First Round. 

Among the Leaders (CC): Jim Connolly's seven assists place him first among CC men's soccer players, while Tonelli's eight goals stand alone in fourth. Tonelli's 16 points are good for fifth.

Among the Leaders (NCAA): As a team, F&M ranks fourth among all DIII institutions in corner kick opportunities per game with an average of 8.00. 

Record Book Watch: Tonelli has 11 game-winning goals in his career, a mark that is good for second in program history. Ben Beaver '13 leads the way with 20. The senior forward also has 25 career goals, which places him tied for 10th on the all-time list, while his 53 career points stand in 13th. Beaver tops each category with 47 and 104, respectively. 

Janse Schermerhorn and Ben Draheim are climbing the list for most games played by members of the program, currently placing seventh and 10th with 75 and 74, respectively. Devon Malfitano '15 holds the record with 82.