NCAA Sweet 16, Elite 8 Game Notes – Field Hockey

NCAA Sweet 16, Elite 8 Game Notes – Field Hockey

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NCAA Sweet 16 – Game 1
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
No. 4 Christopher Newport vs. No. 8 Kean | Newport News, Va.| 11:00 AM
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NCAA Sweet 16 – Game 2
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
No. 10 F&M vs. No. 9 Montclair State | Newport News, Va.| 2:00 PM
Series Record: MSU Leads 1-0
Streak: MSU +1
Last F&M Victory: N/A
Last Montclair Victory: 3-1, Sept. 19, 2004
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NCAA Elite Eight
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
Sweet 16 Winners | Newport News, Va.| 1:00 PM
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F&M in the NCAA Tournament: Franklin & Marshall is in the NCAA postseason for the 11th time in the history of the program and the fourth 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 three times, twice to the Elite 8 and twice the Final Four, with the last coming in 1982. The Diplomats entered this year's postseason with an overall tournament record of 12-10.

How F&M Got Here: The Diplomats clinched an automatic bid with their 2-1 victory over Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship game on Nov. 5.

Annie Horsley and Lily Mynott scored the F&M goals while Sarah Schannauer was awarded CC Tournament MVP. Read the full recap here.

To see Championship celebration, click here. For photos of the trophy presentation, click here

F&M earned home-field advantage in the NCAA First Round and defeated Misericordia 2-0 on Nov. 8, giving the Diplomats their fourth-straight appearance in the Sweet 16.

Horsley and Schannauer found the back of the cage for the Diplomats. For a full recap, click here.

Purchase Conference Championship Gear: Celebrate the 2017 Centennial Conference (CC) Field Hockey Title for Franklin & Marshall with some Championship gear at DiplomatsGear.com. 

A Look at the Pod: The No. 10 Diplomats will take on No. 9 Montclair State in the Sweet 16 Round. The Red Hawks earned an at-large bid after falling to Kean 3-2 in the NJAC Semifinals. This marks Montclair's seventh tournament appearance, including a run to the 2012 Championship game.

No. 4 Christopher Newport earned a first-round bye after taking the Capital Athletic Conference Championship with a 2-1 victory over Salisbury, giving the Captains' their ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. 

No. 8 Kean defeated Juniata 2-1 in the NCAA First Round on Nov. 8 to win a spot in the Sweet 16. After falling to The College of New Jersey in the NJAC Championship game, the Cougars were awarded an at-large bid, giving Kean its first tournament appearance.

Ticket Prices: Tickets will cost $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, while children ages 3-12 will cost $2. 

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

In the Rankings: F&M moved up to No. 10 in this week's NFHCA national coaches poll, while Messiah remains in the top spot. The Diplomats are the only CC team to appear in the top-20 poll.

To view the full rankings release, click here

Among the Leaders (NCAA): As a team, F&M ranks ninth among all DIII institutions in goals against average (0.87). 

Goalkeeper Santangelo also ranks ninth in goals against average (0.85).  

Milestone Watch: Cole ranks 11th in career goals (35) and is 10th in career points (90). Cole holds the record for game-winning goals at 15. Coverdale broke the top-20 in career points, coming in tied for 16th with 58. Coverdale also ranks 16th with 25 career goals. Emily Nagle cracked the top-25 in points at 22nd with 53 and needs one more to tie for 21st. Brittany Croll '06 leads in points with 127. Cole has 20 assists to put her in sixth, while Horsley has 18 to tie for eighth. Eileen O'Reilly '11 leads this category with 35.  

Tallying seven defensive saves in 2017, Schannauer now leads with 17 on her career. Santangelo entrenched her second-place spot with 43 wins; needing seven more to tie for first and now ranks fourth in shutouts with 20, while Laura Cianciulli '82 leads with 30.