NCAA Sweet 16, Elite 8 Game Notes – Field Hockey

NCAA Sweet 16, Elite 8 Game Notes – Field Hockey

Complete Bracket 

NCAA Sweet 16 – Game 1
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
No. 3 Rowan vs. Lynchburg | Glassboro, N.J. | 11:00 AM
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NCAA Sweet 16 – Game 2
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
No. 11 F&M vs. No. 9 Rochester | Glassboro, N.J. | 2:00 PM
Series Record: N/A
Streak: N/A
Last F&M Victory: N/A
Last Rochester Victory: N/A
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NCAA Elite Eight
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
Sweet 16 Winners | Glassboro, N.J. | 1:00 PM
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F&M in the NCAA Tournament: Franklin & Marshall is in the NCAA postseason for the 12th time in the history of the program and the fifth consecutive year. The Diplomats highest finish in the tournament came in 1981 when F&M fell to Trenton State 2-0 in the Championship game. 

F&M has advanced to the Sweet 16 four times, and tallied three to the Elite 8 and Final Four appearances, with the most recent Final Four berth coming last season. The Diplomats enter this weekend with an overall tournament record of 16-11.

How F&M Got Here: The Diplomats earned one of five Pool C bids after ending the regular season with a 15-2 overall record that included wins against top-20 opponents Kean on Aug. 31 and Ursinus on Oct. 6.

F&M earned home-field advantage in the NCAA First Round and defeated Gwynedd Mercy 2-0 on Wednesday, giving the Diplomats their fifth-straight appearance in the Sweet 16.

Erin Coverdale and Emma Durantine were F&M's goal-scorers in the First Round. For a full recap, click here.

A Look at the Pod: The No. 11 Diplomats take on No. 9 Rochester in the Sweet 16 Round. The Yellowjackets earned an at-large bid after falling to Vassar 1-0 in the Liberty League Finals. This marks Rochester's fourth-straight NCAA appearance.

No. 3 Rowan earned a first-round bye after taking the NJAC Conference with a 2-0 victory over No. 7 TCNJ to remain at a perfect 20-0 on the year and gave the Profs their 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. 

Lynchburg defeated Denison 3-1 in the NCAA First Round on Nov. 7 to win a spot in the Sweet 16. The Hornets earned the automatic qualifier after defeating Shenandoah 7-2 in the ODAC Championship game, giving Lynchburg its 17th tournament appearance. 

Ticket Prices: Tickets will cost $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, while children ages 3-12 will cost $2. 

All-CC: Five members of the Franklin & Marshall field hockey team were named to the 2018 All-CC Team. Erin Coverdale was named the Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight year and earned First Team honors for the second year. Coverdale was joined on the First Team by Melissa Gula and Ilianna SantangeloJuliana Keagle landed on the Second Team while Caitlin Morrissey received Honorable Mention.

In the Rankings: F&M dropped to No. 11 in this week's NFHCA national coaches poll, while Messiah remained in the top spot. The Diplomats are joined by Centennial Conference (CC) opponents Johns Hopkins (No. 9) and Ursinus (No. 19).

To view the full rankings release, click here 

Among the Leaders (NCAA): After allowing just nine goals on the year, F&M ranks third across Division III teams in shutouts per game (0.70). The Diplomats rank third in goals against average (0.44), third in save percentage (.875), sixth in penalty corners per game (11.50), 12th in winning percentage (.850), and 18th in scoring margin (2.04).

Goalkeeper Santangelo places fourth in the country for goals against average (0.45) and save percentage (86.8%). Coverdale ranks the top-50 in goals per game (36th – 0.95) and points per game (42nd – 2.20). 

Milestone Watch: Coverdale is sixth in the program for points with 106 in her career. Brittany Croll '06 leads the category with 127. She is also tied for sixth with 45 goals, needing two more to reach fifth and is 13th in career assists with 16 while Eileen O'Reily '11 leads the category at 35. Coverdale is second in program history with 14 game-winning goals. Sydney Cole '17 leads the category with 15. The junior forward also is tied for first for single-season game-winning goals with nine on the year so far. 

Nagle cracked the top-15 in multiple categories, including points (15th – 67), goals (tied 15th – 26), and assists (tied 14th – 15).

Santangelo is first in career shutouts with 32 total. The senior also ranks 10th in saves with 241. Kelly Schenke '95 leads the category with 1,279. Santangelo is also tied for first single-season shutouts with 11 on the year, she joins Jenny Lindner '03 and Laura Cianciulli '82.

As a team, the Diplomats already set the program single-season record with 13 shutouts on the year, surpassing a total of 12 set by the 2014 squad.  

Santangelo Has Record Year: Santangelo has set two new program records in her senior campaign. With a 7-0 F&M victory over Eastern on Sept 12. Santangelo set the program record for career wins with 51. She surpassed Avery Koep '14. On Nov. 4 Santangelo notched her 31st career shutout against Johns Hopkins, breaking the record held by Laura Cianciulli '82.

Consistent Starters: The Diplomats lineup has remained a constant through the season with 10 players starting all 20 matches.  

Dynamic Duo: Coverdale (19) and Lily Mynott (11) have combined for a total of 30 goals on the year so far, the most by teammates since Maria Guarisco '16 (20) and Sydney Cole '17 (12) in 2014.