Series History: Entering the week with a perfect 4-0 start to the season, the Diplomats look to keep rolling against a pair of opponents F&M has dominated in recent years. York heads to Tylus losers of three straight against the Diplomats, with F&M leading the all-time series at 29-3. Centennial Conference (CC) play opens on Saturday against Swarthmore, a team F&M has won seven consecutive against, including a 10-0 bashing on Sept. 20 of last year.
Last Week: The Diplomats picked up two non-conference wins last week, cruising past Alvernia by a 7-2 score on Monday, before following with a 2-0 blanking of No. 15 Mary Washington on Saturday.
Against Alvernia, six different players recorded goals, including a pair from senior forward Maria Guarisco. Shots were in F&M's favor at 22-6 and corners at 13-5. Guarisco led the way with six shots, followed by Lauren Eastman with four. Goalkeeper Ashley Gubernick (3-0) stopped four attempts to earn the win.
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On Saturday, a pair of second-half goals lifted the Diplomats over Mary Washington, earning head coach Melissa Mariano her 100th career win at F&M. Clare Wirth and Guarisco tallied scores, while Gubernick stopped the only shot she faced to register her first career shutout.
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In the Rankings: The Diplomats moved up two spots to No. 4 in the Penn Monto / NFHCA Division III Poll. CC foe Ursinus is the only other conference representative in the rankings at No. 9. To view the complete top-20, click here.
Starting Strong: For the third consecutive season, F&M has started off the year with a 4-0 mark. A season ago, the Diplomats began at 8-0, while the 2013 team jumped out to an incredible 10-0 record.
Among the Leaders (NCAA): F&M's offense has made its way into the national statistic rankings after its impressive start to the season. The Diplomats rank 10th among all DIII teams in goals per game average (4.5) and 14th in points per game (11.25). Individually, Guarisco places fifth with a 4.0 points per game average and seventh in goals per game at 1.75.
Among the Leaders (CC): Guarisco also finds her name atop the conference scoring leaders, ranking first in points (16) and goals (7), while placing second in shots (27), while Gubernick is third among goalkeepers with a 1.56 goals per game average.
Moving up the Charts: With eight game-winning goals in her career, Guarisco is tied for second on the program's all-time list. Becky Willert '11 holds the record at 13. Guarisco is closing in on the program's all-time assists record, currently placing second with 24. Eileen O'Reilly '10 leads the way with 35. The senior forward continues her ascent up the program's scoring list and is now seventh in goals with 39 and fifth in points with 102 in her career.
Lauren Eastman's name is also among the program's leaders, placing 25th in career goals (17) and fifth in game-winning goals (6).