CC Tournament Runs Through Lancaster

CC Tournament Runs Through Lancaster
CC Semifinals
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015
No 1 F&M vs. No. 5 Dickinson
Lancaster, Pa. | 12:00 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 35-9    
Streak: F&M +8       
Last F&M Victory: 5-1, Oct. 31, 2015          
Last DC Victory: 4-3 (OT), Oct. 16, 2007
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CC Finals
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
Semifinal Winners
Lancaster, Pa. | 1:00 PM
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Franklin & Marshall field hockey team enters its fifth consecutive postseason, looking for the program's first CC Championship since 2012. The Diplomats head into this weekend's action as the No. 1 seed with a 15-2 overall record, including a 10-game winning streak, and a perfect 10-0 conference mark. 

Series History: F&M and Dickinson meet for the second straight week after the Diplomats downed the Red Devils by a 5-1 score last Saturday to close out the regular season. Dickinson, the tournament's No. 5 seed, edged No. 4 Muhlenberg by a 1-0 OT score off a game-winning tally from Caroline Karwel in the 79th minute on Wednesday evening to earn a spot in the Semifinals.

Last Week: F&M ended its regular season with a pair of dominant 5-1 decisions at Tylus, defeating Gettysburg on Wednesday and Dickinson on Saturday.

Against the Bullets, the Diplomats overcame an early 1-0 deficit with goals from Anne Horsley (11th minute), Lauren Eastman (20th minute), Paige Notarianni (46th minute), Mary Kate Olson (51st minute) and Maria Guarisco (65th minute). 

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On Saturday, F&M received a pair of goals from Clare Wirth (6th and 38th minutes), as well as tallies from Audrey Buckman (9th minute), Guarisco (50th minute) and Sydney Cole (54th minute) in a bashing of Dickinson. Goalkeeper Ilianna Santangelo (11-1) turned back one shot in 61 minutes of action for the win, before being relieved by Ashley Gubernick for the final eight minutes of play. 

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In the Rankings: The Diplomats stayed at No. 4 in the Penn Monto / NFHCA Division III Poll, marking the fourth consecutive week in that spot. CC foe Ursinus is the only other conference representative in the rankings at No. 5. To view the complete top-20, click here. 

Heading into the playoffs, F&M holds the No. 1 spot in the NCAA South Region, ahead of Ursinus (No. 2) and Christopher Newport (No. 3). 

Among the Leaders (NCAA): F&M's offense continues to hold a strong presence in the national statistical rankings. The Diplomats rank ninth among all DIII teams in goals per game average (4.0) and fourth in penalty corners per game (14.2), while defensively F&M places seventh in shutout percentage (53 percent). Santangelo's 0.65 goals against average is the fourth-lowest in the nation. 

Among the Leaders (CC): Guarisco finds her name atop the conference scoring leaders, ranking third in points (38), fourth in goals (14), while placing second in shots (105) and fifth in assists (8).

As a team, the Diplomats are second in goals per game (4.0) and first in goals against average (0.93). 

Moving up the Charts: Guarisco is closing in on all-time points record and currently has 124 in her career, just three shy of all-time leader Brittany Croll's '05 with 127.

The senior midfielder is also nearing the program's all-time assists record, currently placing second with 30.  Eileen O'Reilly '10 leads the way with 35. She also places fifth in goals (47), a record held by Lauren Kramedas '78 with 53.

With 11 game-winning goals in her career, Guarisco is second on the program's all-time list. Becky Willert '11 holds the record at 13.

Eastman's name is also among the program's leaders, placing 18th in career goals (21) and third in game-winning goals (8), while Cole's six game-winning scores place her in a tie for sixth. 

As a team, the Diplomats' nine shutouts on the year are just three shy of tying the program's single-season record of 12, set by the 2014 squad.

Balanced Attack: Sixteen different members of the team have registered at least one goal on the year with 13 notching multiple scores and seven tallying five or more.