Series History: Franklin & Marshall opens the final week of regular season play on Tuesday by visiting Gettysburg at 4:00 p.m. for a Centennial Conference (CC) showdown with the Bullets. The Diplomats own a 25-21 lead in the previous 46 meetings, thanks to a five-game win streak that dates back to 2010.
F&M heads to Carlisle on Saturday for an 11:00 a.m. matchup with Dickinson in the final game of the regular season. The Diplomats have historically been dominant, owning a 37-9 lead over the Red Devils in the all-time series, and have not lost since 2007.
Last Week: On Saturday, F&M squared off Washington in its only match of the week, dropping the Shorewomen 2-0. Melanie Consiglio celebrated senior day by scoring the eventual game-winner in the 27th minute, and Emily Nagle's goal in the 60th iced the contest as the Diplomats allowed just one shot in the 2-0 victory.
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In the Rankings: F&M continues to occupy a spot in the national top 10, coming in at No. 8 in this week's HFHCA poll. The Diplomats are joined by Ursinus (No. 7) and Muhlenberg (No. 12) as the Centennial placed three teams in the top 20.
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Among the Leaders: With her sixth shutout of the year on Saturday, F&M goalie Ilianna Santangelo moved to the top of several CC goalkeeping categories. Her .778 save percentage is alone atop the Centennial rankings, while her 12 goals against and 0.85 goals against average are both tied for the best mark in the conference.
Annie Horsley grabbed a place in the CC top five as well, tying for fifth with five assists on the season. She also ranks seventh in total shots with 50. Consiglio's goal on Saturday gave her 10 goals on the year, tying her for seventh in the conference, while her 22 total points rank 10th in the Centennial.
Sarah Schannauer's five defensive saves currently rank her in a tie for third-most in the CC. She also ranks fourth for most defensive saves in a season for the Diplomats, a record that is held by Steph McDonald's 11 stops in 2011.
Playoff Picture: A victory in either of this week's games will cement the Diplomats' place in the CC semifinals with a bye in next Wednesday's first-round game. F&M can still host the tournament, but needs Ursinus to defeat Muhlenberg by a one-goal margin on Saturday, putting the teams in a three-way tie for first place. In that event, the host and regular-season champion will be decided by a three-team coin flip.