Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
No. 19 F&M at No. 13 Hopkins | Haverford | 1:30 PM
Series Record: JHU leads 41-23-8
Streak: JHU +1
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Oct. 15, 2016
Last JHU Victory: 4-1, Oct. 13, 2018
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018
Semifinal Winners | Haverford | 1:00 PM
CC Tournament: No. 19 Franklin & Marshall (12-2-3) heads into its 10-straight Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament, good for the second-longest active streak next to Hopkins' run of 16-consecutive appearances. The Diplomats are aiming to become back-to-back CC Champions for the first time in their history. Only two other programs have accomplished that feat - Hopkins from 2006-07 and Muhlenberg from 1994-95.
F&M is 5-4 all-time in the CC Semifinals and is seeking its third Centennial Title after winning in 2013 and 2017. Last year, the Diplomats rolled in the Tournament with 1-0 wins over Gettysburg in the Semifinals and Dickinson in the Championship.
Haverford enters the Tournament as the No. 1 seed for the third time in the previous four years. The Fords are set to take on a No. 4-seeded Dickinson team that escaped out of the First Round with a 1-0 shutout of No. 5 Gettysburg on Wednesday. The CC Championship game is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start on Sunday in Haverford.
Series History (JHU): Back on Oct. 13th, the Blue Jays overcame the Diplomats by a 4-1 margin in Baltimore, breaking a six-game unbeaten streak by F&M that dated back to 2012. The last time these teams squared off in the CC Playoffs was in 2016 when Ugo Okolie notched the decisive 0-0 (4-3 PK) tally in a Semifinal matchup in Haverford.
In the Rankings: The Diplomats' continue to be recognized nationally and currently sit at No. 19 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 remain at No. 13.
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Regionally, the Diplomats hold the No. 2 spot in the Mid-Atlantic rankings. Messiah sits at No. 1, followed by Johns Hopkins at No. 3, and Eastern at No. 4.
F&M also appears in the D3Soccer.com poll, placing 22nd in the nation. To view the complete top-25, click here.
Last Week: F&M closed out its 2018 regular season with a 0-0 2OT tie against McDaniel on Thursday. The overall shot count favored the Diplomats by a 20-14 margin, including a dominant 6-1 edge in overtime. However, F&M managed only seven shots on goal. Corners also favored the Diplomats at 8-2.
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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 third in goals scored per game with a 2.00 average, while F&M's 0.75 goals against average leads the Centennial.
Record Book Watch: Ugo 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 tied for seventh in Division III with an average of 7.29 corner-kick opportunities per game.
Spreading the Wealth: As a team, the Diplomats place 61st in the nation in assists per game with a 1.82 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 14 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.