F&M Continues CC Action with Pair of Games

F&M Continues CC Action with Pair of Games
Game 10                    
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014                  
F&M at Ursinus | Collegeville Pa. | 7:00 PM                      
Series Record: F&M leads 54-18                
Streak: UC +1                       
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Sept. 27, 2012                   
Last UC Victory: 2-1(OT), Oct. 2, 2013
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Game 11                    
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014              
F&M vs. Muhlenberg | Lancaster, Pa. | 4:00 PM               
Series Record: F&M leads 30-29                
Streak: MC +1                       
Last F&M Victory: 2-0, Oct. 13, 2012                     
Last MC Victory: 1-0, Sept. 28, 2013          
Live Stats | Video (HD)        

Series History: Franklin & Marshall looks to continue its strong play in Centennial Conference (CC) competition with a pair of games on the slate for this week. On Tuesday, the Diplomats make the trek to Collegeville for a 7:00 p.m. matchup against Ursinus. F&M holds a dominant 54-18 lead in the all-time series, however the Bears took home a 2-1 overtime victory the last time these schools met on Oct. 2, 2013. 

Muhlenberg heads to town on Friday for a 4:00 p.m. tilt. The Diplomats cling to a narrow 30-29 lead in the series with the Mules coming away with a 1-0 shutout in the last meeting on Sept. 28, 2013. 

Last Week: The Diplomats remained unbeaten in 2014 with a pair of victories last week. F&M downed Stevenson by a 3-1 score on Tueday, before returning home to blank Washington by a 3-0 mark on Saturday evening at Tylus Field. 

Against Stevenson, Chase TenBrook netted a pair of scores (8th and 58th minute) to lead the Diplomats to a 3-1 win. Sam Lane scored from a shot at the top of the box in the 62nd minute to put F&M comfortably out in front at 3-0.  The Mustangs finally found the back of the net in the 77th minute to pull within two, however the deficit proved too large to overcome as time ran out on Stevenson. 

The Diplomats led on shots at 17-5 and corners at 7-2. TenBrook recorded five shots on the evening, followed by three from Chris Scott.

On Saturday against the Shoremen, and with the score knotted at 0-0 in the 24th minute of the first half, a Washington foul just outside the penalty area led to an F&M free kick from 20 yards out. Four Diplomats surrounded the ball to disguise the opportunity, with Jeremy Levine opting to take the chance on net. The sophomore midfielder lofted his shot into the top-right corner of the goal to put the Diplomats out in front at 1-0. 

Devon Malfitano (71st minute) and Paul McWhirter (84th) both added goals late in the second half to secure the dominant 3-0 shutout. F&M tallied 12 shots over 90 minutes, led by three from Malfitano. Jared Bomba and Scott each tallied a pair of opportunities. The Diplomats were also dominant on corner kicks at 10-3, including a 6-1 margin in the first. 

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In the Rankings: F&M places at No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/ Continental Tire NCAA Division III Men's Poll. Muhlenberg moved into the top-25 with a No. 21 ranking, while Swarthmore also represents the CC at No. 25. To view the top-25 rankings, click here. 

The Diplomats sit at No. 4 in the D3Soccer.com Top-25 Poll. Messiah received all 25 first-place votes to stay at the No. 1 spot. To view the complete top-25, click here.

Polls are updated on Tuesday of each week. 

Record Book Watch: With six game-winning goals in his career, Bomba is tied for third on the program's all-time list. 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. 

Among the CC Leaders: Bomba's four assists on the season place him second among players in the CC, while TenBrook's 11 points are the seventh most in the conference.  Britton stands first among goalkeepers with his 0.44 goals against average and ranks second in save percentage at .857. 

As a team, The Diplomats' 21 goals in 2014 are the second-highest total in the conference, behind only Dickinson with 24. F&M has only allowed four tallies on the year, a mark that places the Diplomats in a tie for first with Muhlenberg. 

Celebrating a First: A pair of F&M players notched the first goal of their collegiate career on Saturday against Washington College. Levine's unassisted tally in the 24th minute and McWhirter's score in the 84th proved to be milestones for each student-athlete.