Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
F&M vs. McDaniel | Westminster, Md. | 3:30 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 50-30-3
Streak: F&M +12
Last F&M Victory: 5-0, Oct. 28, 2017
Last McD Victory: 3-1, Sept. 17, 2005
Only one game remains on the 2018 regular-season schedule for the No. 20-ranked Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team as the Diplomats travel to McDaniel on Thursday, aiming to climb up the Centennial Conference (CC) Playoff standings.
CC Playoff Picture: F&M heads into the week with a 5-1-2 CC mark, good for 17 total points and a third-place spot in the Conference standings. The Diplomats remain in the running for the top seed but will need help via losses or ties from Haverford (6-1) and Johns Hopkins (6-2). A win over McDaniel on Thursday would clinch a first-round bye for the Diplomats.
To view complete CC standings, click here.
Series History: F&M is aiming to improve on a 12-game winning streak over McDaniel as the Diplomats have outscored the Green Terror by a 17-2 margin over the last five meetings.
In the Rankings: The Diplomats' continue to be recognized nationally and currently sit at No. 20 according to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III poll - up one spot from last week. Johns Hopkins is the only other CC institution to appear on the list, as the Blue Jays moved up to No. 13.
To view the top-25, click here.
Regionally, the Diplomats hold the No. 4 spot in the Mid-Atlantic rankings. Messiah sits at No. 1, followed by Johns Hopkins, and Eastern. The second set of rankings are set to be released on Wednesday and will be made available here.
F&M also appears in the D3Soccer.com poll, placing 20th in the nation. To view the complete top-25, click here.
Last Week: F&M went 2-0 last week with home wins over Gettysburg on Wednesday (1-0) and Washington on Saturday (4-0).
Against Washington, Jack Brandt scored two of F&M's four second-half goals in a clutch 4-0 blanking of Washington on Saturday afternoon in Lancaster.
Among the Leaders: Jim Connolly leads the Centennial in assists with seven, while Ugo Okolie is close behind in fourth with his five helpers on the year. Connor Whitacre and A.J. Kopacz have each tallied the sixth-most goals in the CC with a team-leading six scores each.
As a team, the Diplomats place second in goals scored per game with a 2.13 average, while F&M's 0.80 goals against average is second.
Record Book Watch: Okolie continues to climb the ranks of the program's career assists leaders and now places third with 20. Brandon Corday '07 leads the program with 25. Jim Connolly is close behind in ninth place with 16 helpers in his career.
Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso broke the top-10 for career shutouts and now places in a tie for sixth with 10. Zach Zamek '10 holds the record with 25.
As a team, the Diplomats have accumulated 31 assists on the year, which is good for third-most in single-season history. The 1984 squad holds the record with 36.
Late Game Heroics: The Diplomats have outscored their opponents by a 4-0 margin in the final five minutes of regulation and throughout overtime this season. F&M is unbeaten in overtime games with a 2-0-2 record.
Balanced Attack: A total of 14 players have scored at least one goal for the Diplomats in 2018, while eight have tallied multiple markers.
Not Cutting Any Corners: F&M ranks ninth in Division III with an average of 7.25 corner-kick opportunities per game.
Spreading the Wealth: As a team, the Diplomats place 47th in the nation in assists per game with a 1.94 average.
Defending the Home Turf: F&M is 10-0-2 in its last 12 overall games at Tylus Field, an unbeaten streak that dates back to Oct. 3, 2017.
The Diplomats haven't dropped a CC game at home since Oct. 31, 2015, holding an 11-0-3 record in their previous 10 Conference contests in Lancaster.
Closing in on 200: In the midst of his 17th season at the helm of F&M's program, head coach Dan Wagner enters the week just six wins shy of reaching 200 career wins.
He holds a 194-84-40 overall record and became the program's all-time wins leader in 2012. Only four other coaches in the history of the CC reached the 200-victory milestone, with the leader being Johns Hopkins' Matt Smith with 240.