LANCASTER, Pa. – For the second straight game, Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team shutout its opponent by a 5-0 score, this time blanking McDaniel on senior day, Saturday at Tylus Field.
The Centennial Conference (CC) victory closed out the regular season and improved the Diplomats' record to 9-5-2, 7-1-1 CC on the year while the Green Terror fell to 8-6-2, 2-6-1.
F&M clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming CC Tournament and travels to Johns Hopkins on Friday to face No. 3 Gettysburg in the Semifinals. Match time has yet to be decided and more information will be available on GoDiplomats.com this Monday.
Before the start of Saturday's contest, the Diplomats honored their seven-member senior class of Zach Colton, Ben Draheim, Wyatt Fabian, Paul McWhirter, Janse Schermerhorn, Stephen Sherbahn, and Jason Tonelli.
Just three minutes passed by in the opening half before Cole Niggeman got F&M on the scoreboard with a left-footed strike at the top of the box. The 1-0 edge held until Alex Lalovic received a Jim Connolly corner and landed a shot to put the Diplomats ahead by two.
A minute later, J.T. Mogan collected his own rebound and placed an attempt minto the bottom right of the goal to send F&M into the break with a commanding 3-0 lead.
In the 59th minute, F&M tacked on to the advantage as Zach Colton sent a long, well-placed freekick on net that made its way past the McDaniel goalie and into the right corner of the goal. Lalovic wrapped up the scoring with his second of the game in the 71st, heading in a Janse Schermerhorn throw in to make the score 5-0.
Christopher Amoruso (6-1-1) recorded a pair of saves through 65:39 minutes before being relieved by Sebastian Jenkins. Nick Over suffered the loss after allowing four goals through 64:33 minutes of play.
The Diplomats dominated shots at 18-6 and held the 9-1 advantage in corners. F&M has now scored 13 goals in its last three games after scoring 20 through its first 13 contest of the season. The Diplomats head into Friday's CC Tournament as one of the leagues hottest teams, as F&M is 5-0-1 in its last six competitions.