F&M Heading to Baltimore for CC Tournament

F&M Heading to Baltimore for CC Tournament
CC Semifinals
Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
No. 2 F&M vs. No. 3 Gettysburg
Baltimore, Md. | Not Before 8:00 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 44-35-5
Streak: F&M +9
Last F&M Victory: 3-2, Oct. 18, 2017
Last GC Victory: 2-1, Nov. 3, 2007
CC Finals
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
Semifinal Winners
Baltimore, Md. | 1:00 PM

CC Tournament: Franklin & Marshall (9-5-2, 7-1-1 CC) makes a return to the CC Playoffs for the ninth consecutive year, the second-longest streak among CC institutions next to Hopkins' run of 16 straight appearances. The Diplomats are seeking their first CC Title since 2013 and enter the 2017 tournament as the No. 2 seed. F&M is 4-4 all-time in the Semifinals.

Hopkins earned the right to host as the No. 1 seed for the sixth time, and first since 2011, after going undefeated in CC play (7-0-2). The Blue Jays are set to face off against No. 5 Dickinson, who dominated No. 4 Haverford with a 5-0 shutout in the First Round on Tuesday. The CC Championship game is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start on Sunday in Baltimore. 

Additional Tournament Information: Parking and driving directions for this weekend's semifinal and championship matches in Baltimore can be found here.

Series History: The Diplomats ride a nine-game winning streak over Gettysburg into Friday's Semifinal matchup and hold a 44-25-5 advantage in the series. These teams are meeting in the CC Tournament for just the third time, and the first since 2007, and enter with an even 1-1 record between the two schools.

Last Game Against Gettysburg: F&M went ahead by three goals in the opening half and held off a Gettysburg rally to down the Bullets by a 3-2 score on Oct. 18th. Gettysburg led in shots by a 16-12 mark and corners at 6-4. Jason Tonelli paced the Diplomats with five shots. CC-leading scorer Patrick Santini (18 goals) tallied five shots but was held scoreless for just the fourth time on the season. 

To read the complete recap, click here.

Last Week: F&M shutout McDaniel by a 5-0 score last Saturday at Tylus Field. Alex Lalovic scored two goals while Cole Niggeman (4th minute), J.T. Mogan (40th minute) and Zach Colton (59th minute) also added markers.

To read the complete recap, click here.

Offensive Onslaught: F&M has scored five goals on three occasions in 2017, including a streak of two straight to end the regular season. All of the wins were 5-0 victories and included commanding performances against Ursinus (Oct. 7), Washington (Oct. 21) and McDaniel (Oct. 28).

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 5-0-1 record in their last six games. The Diplomats are outscoring their opponents by a 20-3 margin during that time.

Among the Leaders (CC): Jim Connolly's nine assists place him first among CC men's soccer players, while teammates Ben 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. 

Christopher Amoruso is second among all goalkeepers with a .875 save percentage while also placing second with 0.54 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 79 games each. Devon Malfitano '15 holds the record with 82.