Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 3:00 PM
No. 17 F&M at Swarthmore
Series Record: F&M leads 46-16
Last F&M Victory: 16-2, March 24, 2018
Last Swarthmore Victory: 8-6. March 25, 2009
F&M holds a 46-16 advantage in the long-running series against Swarthmore, and currently holds a 10-game winning streak dating back to 2010. The series began in 1947 and became a yearly occurrence in 1962. Swarthmore was undefeated against the Diplomats until 1969, when F&M turned it around with a 13-game winning streak running until 1982.
F&M dipped a few spots to 17th from its No. 14 ranking last week, but still maintained their top-20 national ranking. Three other teams represent the Centennial Conference in the national rankings, with Ursinus at No. 8, Gettysburg at No. 9, and Dickinson at No. 10. Swarthmore received a pair of votes in the most recent poll but find themselves outside the top 20. Click here to see the complete poll.
- Junior Kevin Mollihan overtook the No. 2 spot in the F&M all-time ranking for goals scored, passing Jeb Barrows (152 goals). Mollihan now has 153, and is 40 goals away from becoming the record-holder in program history.
- Senior George Briggs tallied his 80th career assist last week, and now sits at ninth all-time in program history.
- Sophomore Luke Keating has entered the F&M top-25 in career goals scored with 74.
- Scott Hatch added 15 saves to his career total (316), inching him closer to the ninth all-time rank in program history.
A pair of losses to top-10 teams brought the Diplomats record to 4-3 on the season. The first game of the week resulted in a 17-9 loss against No. 2 Amherst, followed by a loss days later to No. 10 Denison. Scott Hatch recorded 10 saves in the first game, and A.J. Rigsby led the offense with four goals. Kevin Mollihan scored six times in the effort against Denison.
Last Time We Met Swarthmore
Luke Keating had three goals and one assist, Kevin Mollihan struck three times and Sean Rogers along with Harry Rice both scored twice. Rogers added an assist as did Rob Baxter, Ronan Garcia and Nick Crennan. Tucker McBride, John Sommi, Sam Garges, Jamie Spruance and Ellis Llewellyn all ended with a goal and George Briggs finished with four helpers and one score.
Llewellyn added two caused turnovers with four ground balls and Jarrett Donaghy collected six ground balls while Andrew Fine finished with four. Scott Hatch picked up the win with five stops in the cage and improved to 7-1.
F&M outshot Swarthmore 56-20, held a 36-33 edge in ground balls and went 16-for-18 in clear attempts.