Diplomats Set For Showdown with Haverford; Move to No. 3 in Nation

Diplomats Set For Showdown with Haverford; Move to No. 3 in Nation
Game 15
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
F&M vs. Haverford | Lancaster | 4:00 PM
Series Record: HC Leads 34-26-7
Streak: HC +2
Last F&M Victory: 4-1, Oct. 25, 2014
Last HC Victory: 3-1, Oct. 24, 2015
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Series History: One of the top rivalries in recent memory for Centennial Conference (CC) men's soccer heats up on Saturday when No. 13 Haverford (9-2-2, 6-0 CC) travels to Lancaster for a meeting with No. 3 Franklin & Marshall (10-1-3, 5-0-1 CC) in a battle for the top spot in the standings.

The series dates back to 1927, with the Fords holding the upper hand at 34-26-7 overall, including wins in two straight meetings. 

Last Week: Ben Wild's goal with just 11 seconds remaining in regulation delivered F&M a memorable 1-0 Homecoming win against Johns Hopkins on Saturday evening. Overall, shots belonged to the Diplomats at 22-6 and corners at 5-4. 

Goalkeeper Dave Reingold (10-1-3) recorded one save for his fifth shutout of the season and Bryan See was dealt the tough-luck loss for the Blue Jays after turning back six attempts on net. 

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In the Rankings: F&M moved up three spots to No. 3 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. Haverford is the only other CC Institution to crack the top-25, now sitting at No. 13. 

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D3Soccer.com has the Diplomats remaining at No. 7 for the second-consecutive week. Haverford moved up to No. 15, while regional opponents, Messiah (No. 3) and Elizabethtown (No. 14) were also represented on the list. 

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Playoff Outlook: Just three games remain on the CC slate, meaning the winner of Saturday's pivotal CC contest will be in the driver's seat to host the conference tournament. Following Haverford (6-0) and F&M (5-0-1) in the standings is Washington (4-1-1), who tied with the Diplomats earlier in the year, with Gettysburg (3-2-1) in fourth and Johns Hopkins (3-3) currently in fifth. 

F&M needs one more win or a Johns Hopkins or Swarthmore loss to clinch a spot in the playoffs. 

Among the Leaders (CC): Jason Tonelli ranks first in the CC in points (21) and goals (10). Ugo Okolie is second with five assists while Wyatt Fabian is tied for sixth with three, along with Ryan Fincher and Jeremy Levine

Reingold holds the lowest goals-against-average mark in the conference at 0.62. His 44 saves are sixth, and his .830 save percentage stands alone in second. 

Entering the week, the Diplomats lead the Conference with 29 goals and are second in goals against average at 0.67.

Among the Leaders (NCAA): Tonelli's four game-winning goals place him 20th nationally, while Reingold's 0.67 GAA ranks 25th.

Record Book Watch: Tonelli has seven game-winning goals in his career, a mark that ranks tied for fourth in program history. Ben Beaver '13 leads the way with 20. The junior forward also has 16 career goals, which ties for 20th on the all-time list. Beaver also tops that category with 47. 

Okolie is on a record pace with his assist total, currently standing in a tie for 17th with 11 in his career. Brandon Corday '07 is the program's leader with 25.

Levine continues to climb the list for career games started and places ninth with 62. Chris Scott '14 leads the way with 74. 

Senior Day: Before the game against Haverford on Saturday, the Diplomats will honor their five-member senior class of Levine, Conor Pellas, Matt Regueiro, Reingold, and Wild.