F&M Jumps to No. 7 in Rankings, Set for LVC on Saturday

F&M Jumps to No. 7 in Rankings, Set for LVC on Saturday
Game 3                                  
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014                               
F&M vs. LVC | Lancaster, Pa. | 4:00 PM                                  
Series Record: F&M leads 27-1-1                           
Streak: F&M +13                              
Last F&M Victory: 5-1, Sept. 14, 2006                               
Last LVC Victory: 1-0, Oct. 11, 1989                                   
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Game 4
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
F&M vs. Wesley or Gwynedd Mercy | Annville, Pa. | 1/4:00 PM
F&M/LVC Tournament Third Place or Championship Game
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Series History: The Diplomats welcome Lebanon Valley to town on Saturday as part of the F&M/LVC Tournament. F&M has dominated the series with 13 straight wins, dating back to 1989. These two squads last faced off in 2006, with the Diplomats taking a 5-1 win on Sept. 14.

On Sunday, F&M will face off against either Wesley or Gwynedd Mercy in the third place or championship match of the tournament, which will take place in Annville. The Diplomats lead the all-time series against Wesley at 3-1-3, while holding a perfect 2-0 record against Gwynedd Mercy.

Last Week: With a pair of ranked opponents looming over the start of F&M's 2014 season, the Diplomats faced a daunting task right from the onset. F&M responded with back-to-back shutouts, defeating No. 2 Rutgers-Camden on Friday afternoon by a 1-0 score before downing No. 11 York by the same tally on Saturday evening at Tylus Field, taking the trophy as winners of the 2014 Holiday Inn Scrapyard Classic Tournament. 

Against Rutgers-Camden, both teams traded opportunities in the first half of the opening stanza before Jared Bomba went one-on-one with his defender on the right side of the field, winning the battle and sliding a cross into Max Watson who buried the shot in the 29th minute for the decisive score. 

Knotted at 0-0 in the 63rd minute on Saturday against the Spartans, Chase TenBrook sent a pass to Sam Lane on the far left side of the field, who dribbled the ball toward the end line and sent a shot off the hands of York's goalkeeper and into the back of the net for the eventual game-winning goal. 

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For their efforts over the weekend, Lane, Bomba, Watson, Trevor Britton and Chris Scott were named to the all-tournament team. 

In the Rankings: F&M moved up three spots in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/ Continental Tire NCAA Division III Men's Poll, and now stand at No. 7 on the list. The Diplomats are the only Centennial Conference (CC) institution who remain in the rankings after Dickinson dropped out of the top-25. Messiah still holds the No. 1 spot. 

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CC Defensive POW: Britton was named the CC Defensive Player of the Week for men's soccer after recording a pair of shutouts in net. The junior goalkeeper didn't allow a goal in 180 minutes of action, picking up four saves, including three stops against York on Saturday. His shutout of Rutgers-Camden on Friday was the first of his career. 

Record Book Watch: With four game-winning goals in his career, Bomba places in a tie for sixth on the program's all-time list, just one away from moving into a tie for fourth. Men's soccer's all-time leader is Ben Beaver '13, who netted 20 game-winners in his storied career. 

Lane has recorded 15 assists so far in his career, a mark that places him tied for eighth all-time. The senior forward needs only three more helpers to move into the top five. Brandon Corday '07 occupies the top spot on the list, notching 25 assists while in Lancaster. 

Strong Starters: F&M's win against Rutgers-Camden on Friday marked the fourth consecutive year the Diplomats have opened their season with a victory. By starting the year with back-to-back shutouts, F&M repeated a feat accomplished last season. The 2013 squad continued that streak to the midway point of the season, blanking their opponents in each of the opening eight contests, a mark that led the nation.