Field Hockey - NCAA Final Four Game Notes

Field Hockey - NCAA Final Four Game Notes

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Owsley B. Frazier Stadium
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Trager Stadium
University of Louisville
2100 S. Floyd Street
Louisville, KY

Friday, Nov. 17 - Final Four – Owsley B. Stadium | Louisville, Ky.  

No. 1 Messiah vs. No. 3 TCNJ - 4:00 p.m.

No. 10 F&M vs. No. 2 Middlebury - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 - National Championship – Trager Stadium | Louisville, Ky

Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - 5:00 p.m.
Against the Field

No. 2 Middlebury | Website
Series Record: Middlebury leads 2-0
Last F&M Victory: N/A
Last Middlebury Victory: 2-0, Nov. 14, 2015 | Recap

No. 1 Messiah | Website
Series Record: Messiah leads 21-7
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Sept. 23, 2014 Recap
Last Messiah Victory: 3-1, Sept. 27, 2017 | Recap

No. 3 TCNJ | Website
Series Record: F&M Leads 1-0
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Nov. 12, 2016  | Recap
Last TCNJ Victory: N/A

Road to the NCAA: The Diplomats secured an automatic bid to enter the NCAA Tournament after defeating Johns Hopkins 2-1 in the Centennial Conference (CC) Finals.

F&M enters the weekend with an 18-3 record and has won three straight in the tournament. The Diplomats took down Misericordia at home by a 2-0 score in the first round before defeating Montclair State 2-1. F&M punched its ticket to the Final Four with a 2-0 win over Kean. 

In the Tournament: F&M is participating in its 11th NCAA Tournament, and sixth in the last seven years, with a record of 15-10 in NCAA playoff games heading into this weekend. 

The Diplomats have appeared in the final weekend on three occasions, making it to the championship game in 1981.

F&M has faced Middlebury twice in the NCAA Tournament, falling both times to the Panthers. Last time out, the Diplomats a 2-1 contest in the 2015 Sweet 16 round.

Among the Elites: F&M is one of just six teams in the nation to advance to four-consecutive NCAA Sweet 16's, joining Messiah, Salisbury, TCNJ, Middlebury, and the University of New England. The Diplomats are also just one of three teams to appear in the last two Elite 8's, along with Messiah, and Middlebury. 

Milestone Watch: Several current players continue to climb up the program record books, Sydney Cole ranks 11th in career goals (35) and is 10th in career points (90). Cole holds the record for game-winning goals at 15. Erin Coverdale broke the top-20 in career points, coming in at 15th with 62. Coverdale also is tied for 14th with 26 career goals.

Emily Nagle cracked the top-20 in points with 56 and needs one more to tie for 18th and ranks 18th with 23 career goals. Brittany Croll '06 leads in points with 127. Cole has 20 assists to put her in sixth, while Annie Horsley has 18 to tie for eighth. Eileen O'Reilly '11 leads this category with 35.  

Tallying seven defensive saves in 2017, Sarah Schannauer now leads with 17 on her career. Ilianna Santangelo entrenched her second-place spot with 46 wins; needing four more to tie for first and now ranks fourth in shutouts with 21, while Laura Cianciulli '82 leads with 30. 

Penalty Stroke Record: Horsley's seven penalty stroke goals on the year is a single-season program record. The senior midfielder is a perfect 7-for-7 on attempts this season, and as a team, F&M has converted all eight of its chances.

A Season to Remember: The Diplomats' 18 wins in 2017 are tied for the most in single-season history, equaling the efforts of the 2012 (18-2 overall) and 2014 (18-3) teams.

Stingy Defense: F&M's defensive unit has surrendered multiple goals in just five contests this season and has held opponents to one or less score in five straight games. 

Consistency in the Lineup: A total of 10 players started in all 21 of the team's games. 

All-Conference: Five members of the Diplomats grabbed spots on the 2017 All-Centennial Conference Team. Coverdale earned Offensive Player of the Year, as well as landed on the First Team, and was joined by Horsley. Schannauer, Cole, and Santangelo were all named to the Second Team.