Diplomats Close Out Regular Season on Saturday

Diplomats Close Out Regular Season on Saturday
Game 16
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
F&M vs. McDaniel | Lancaster | 1:00 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 49-30-3
Streak: F&M +11
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Oct. 8, 2016
Last McD Victory: 3-1, Sept. 17, 2005

Series History: Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team (8-5-2, 6-1-1) looks to continue its strong stretch of play and roll into the Centennial Tournament on a high note when the Diplomats wrap up the regular season against McDaniel on Saturday.

During an 11-game winning streak against the Green Terror, F&M has outscored McDaniel by a lopsided 35-3 margin.

CC Playoff Picture: The Diplomats have wrapped up a first-round bye for next week's CC Tournament and still have a chance to clinch the number one seed and home field advantage with one regular-season game remaining. A Johns Hopkins loss to Dickinson on Friday and an F&M win over McDaniel on Wednesday would grant the Diplomats hosting rights for the first time since 2014. 

Senior Day: Before the start of Saturday's contest, the men's soccer program will honor its seven-member senior class of Zach Colton, Ben Draheim, Wyatt Fabian, Paul McWhirter, Janse Schermerhorn, Stephen Sherbahn, and Jason Tonelli.

Last Game Against McDaniel: Tonelli scored a pair of goals, allowing F&M to overcome a second-half deficit and down McDaniel by a 3-1 score on Oct. 8 of last season. After their slow first-half start, the Diplomats' offense picked up the pace in the second, leading in shots by an 8-2 margin. F&M owned the shot count at 13-5 overall while corners were tied at 4-4. 

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Last Week: A 2-0 week, with wins over Gettysburg on Wednesday (3-2) and Washington on Saturday (5-0), allowed the Diplomats to solidify their place in the CC standings. 

Against the Bullets, F&M went up 3-0 with a trio of first-half goals and held off a Gettysburg comeback bid. Defender Ryan Corr notched two scores and goalkeeper Christopher Amoroso registered clutch saves down the stretch.

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On Saturday against the Shoremen, Sherbahn scored twice and freshman midfielder J.T. Mogan notched his first-career goal to highlight a dominant five-score victory.

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Offensive Onslaught: F&M has twice scored five goals in a game this season against Ursinus on Saturday, Oct. 7 and again on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Washington – both 5-0 victories for the Diplomats. Before those offensive outbursts, the Diplomats last scorched an opponent for five tallies back on Nov. 15, 2015 when F&M downed Babson by a 5-1 mark in the NCAA Second Round. 

Heating Up: Following a rocky start to the season, the Diplomats are in the midst of playing their best stretch of soccer with a 4-0-1 record in their last five games. The Diplomats are outscoring their opponents by a 15-3 margin during that time. 

Among the Leaders (CC): Jim Connolly's eight assists place him first among CC men's soccer players, while teammates Draheim and Ryan Fincher are close behind in fourth with six each. Tonelli's 10 goals are tied for fourth, while his 20 points are good for fifth. 

Amoruso is second among all goalkeepers with a .867 save percentage while also placing second with 0.60 goals against average. 

Among the Leaders (NCAA): As a team, F&M ranks eighth among all DIII institutions in corner kick opportunities per game with an average of 7.53. 

Record Book Watch: Tonelli has 12 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 27 career goals, which places him ninth on the all-time list, while his 57 career points are tied for 10th. 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, each tying for third with 78 games each. Devon Malfitano '15 holds the record with 82.