Field Hockey Jumps to No. 4; Aims to Continue Win Streak

Field Hockey Jumps to No. 4; Aims to Continue Win Streak
Game 13        
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015  
F&M vs. No. 19 Eastern | Lancaster, Pa. | 7:00 PM           
Series Record: F&M Leads 6-2       
Streak: F&M +2        
Last F&M Victory: 5-0, Sept. 13, 2014       
Last EU Victory: 2-1 (OT), Nov. 7, 2012
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Game 14        
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015       
F&M at Muhlenberg | Allentown, Pa. | 1:00 PM   
 Series Record: F&M Leads 16-6    
Streak: F&M +6        
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Nov. 8, 2014           
Last MC Victory: 2-0, Oct. 24, 2008
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Winners of five straight, the No. 4 Franklin & Marshall field hockey team looks to keep rolling this week, facing Eastern at home on Wednesday, before continuing Centennial Conference (CC) competition with a road contest against Muhlenberg on Saturday. 

Series History: The Diplomats' all-time lead against Eastern stands at 6-2 with the last two wins belonging to F&M. Last time out, two goals a piece from Sydney Cole and Maria Guarisco lifted the Diplomats to a 5-0 shutout.

To read the recap from last year's contest, click here.

In the all-time series against Muhlenberg, the edge belongs to F&M at 16-6, with wins in six consecutive matchups. Last year, the Diplomats won two contests against the Mules, a 2-1 regular-season win on Oct. 18 and a 1-0 shutout in the CC Semifinals on Nov. 8. 

Last Week: With shutouts of Johns Hopkins (4-0) on Wednesday and Haverford (3-0) on Saturday, F&M has blanked opponents seven times on the season, including four in the previous five games. 

Against Johns Hopkins, a pair of goals from Anne Horsley and a dominant offensive attack keyed the lopsided win. Tamara Mills (31st minute) and Audrey Buckman (44th minute) also scored for the Diplomats.

To read a recap of this contest, click here.

Against Haverford, an opening-minute goal proved to be enough for F&M's stifling defense. Brigdet Falcone (55 seconds), Lauren Eastman (45th minute) and Mills (60th minute) all tallied markers on the afternoon, while goalkeeper Ilianna Santangelo improved to 6-1 with the fourth shutout of her freshman campaign, stopping the only shot she faced on the day. 

To watch a highlight video of this contest, click here.

In the Rankings: The Diplomats moved back up to No. 4 in this week's Penn Monto / NFHCA Division III Poll, two spots better than the previous rankings. CC foe Ursinus is the only other conference representative in the rankings at No. 8. To view the complete top-20, click here.

Pink Game/Give 20: Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Wednesday's home game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The team will be wearing pink shoelaces and warm-up shirts. 

F&M field hockey will also be hosting a "Give 20" event at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant on Oct. 14th. Dining at Iron Hill during that day will result in 20 percent of the proceeds being given to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. 

To be eligible, please bring along the following flyer, which can be downloaded here

Among the Leaders (NCAA): F&M's offense has made its way into the national statistic rankings after its strong start to the season. The Diplomats rank ninth among all DIII teams in goals per game average (4.17) and 13th in penalty corners per game (12.5). Individually, Guarisco places 33rd with a 2.42 points per game average. 

Among the Leaders (CC): Guarisco also finds her name atop the conference scoring leaders, ranking second in points (28) and second in both goals (11), and shots (65). Santangelo's 0.69 goals against average is good for second in the CC. 

Moving up the Charts: With 10 game-winning goals in her career, Guarisco is 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 28.  Eileen O'Reilly '10 leads the way with 35.  

The senior forward continues her ascent up the program's scoring list and is now sixth in goals with 43 and fourth in points with 114 in her career. Lauren Kramedas '78 holds the goals record with 53, while Brittany Croll '05 is the all-time points leader at 127.

Eastman's name is also among the program's leaders, placing 23rd in career goals (18) and fifth in game-winning goals (6), while Cole's five game-winning scores place her in 11th. 

Balanced Attack: Sixteen different members of the team have registered at least one goal on the year with 11 notching multiple scores.