F&M Aims for Sixth Conference Championship

F&M Aims for Sixth Conference Championship
CC Semifinals
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
No. 3 F&M vs. No. 2 Muhlenberg | Collegeville | 2:30 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 18-7   
Streak: MUHL +1      
Last F&M Victory: 4-0, Oct. 17, 2015         
Last MUHL Victory: 1-0, Oct. 15, 2016
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CC Finals
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
Semifinal Winners | Collegeville | 1:00 PM
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A three-way tie atop the Centennial Conference (CC) standings at the end of regular season play resulted in Ursinus taking the top seed and hosting the CC Tournament. The tiebreaker, which came down to goal difference between the three tied teams, means that despite a 9-1 record in the CC, F&M enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed. They will face off with second-seeded Muhlenberg on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for the right to play in Sunday's final, scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

CC Tournament History: Two victories would deliver the Diplomats a sixth conference title, and a second CC Title as four of the previous five came while F&M competed in the MAC. The Diplomats last triumphed in 2012, but have reached the final in each of the last five seasons, including a 1-0 loss to Ursinus in last year's championship match.

Series History: The Diplomats have taken 18 of the 25 previous meetings with the Mules, but it was Muhlenberg that came out on top 1-0 when the teams squared off on Oct. 15 in Lancaster.

Last Week: F&M opened last week on Tuesday by visiting Gettysburg, riding a first-half hat-trick from Erin Coverdale to a 4-1 victory over the Bullets.

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The Diplomats finished off regular-season play on Saturday by dropping Dickinson 3-1. Goals from Melanie Consiglio, Mel Gula, and Nicole Bodo powered F&M on the day.

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In the Rankings: F&M moved up one spot in this week's NFHCA Poll, occupying the No. 7 slot. Ursinus (No. 6) and Muhlenberg (No. 14) also represent the CC in the rankings.

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Player of the Week: Coverdale's three-goal performance against Gettysburg netted her CC Offensive Player of the Week honors. The recognition is the first of her career, and marks the fourth time a Diplomat was honored the season.

Among the Leaders: Ilianna Santangelo continues to top several of the Centennial's goalkeeping categories. Entering the postseason, she ranks first in the conference in save percentage (.806), goals-against average (.87), and total goals against (14).

Consiglio's goalscoring production has her in the CC's top 10 in both goals and points. Her 12 goals place her in a tie for sixth in the Centennial, while her 26 points tie her for eighth in the conference. She has been supplied by Annie Horsley and Sarah Schannauer, who with six assists are tied for fifth-most in the CC.

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