The Diplomats Look to Continue Momentum

The Diplomats Look to Continue Momentum
Game 12                    
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014                
F&M vs. DeSales | Lancaster, Pa. | 4:00 PM                       
Series Record: F&M leads 5-1                     
Streak: F&M +4                    
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Oct. 9, 2013            
Last DeSales Victory: 2-1, Sept. 10, 1995  
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Game 13                    
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014                   
F&M at McDaniel | Westminster Md. | 3:00 PM               
Series Record: F&M leads 46-30                
Streak: F&M +8                    
Last F&M Victory: 2-1, Oct. 5, 2013            
Last McDaniel Victory: 3-1, Sept. 17, 2005                

Series History: Franklin & Marshall hosts DeSales on Wednesday for its final non-conference matchup of the season. The last time the Diplomats suffered a loss in the all-time series was back in 1995 when DeSales University was known as Allentown College.

On Saturday, F&M looks to continue its strong start to conference play when the Diplomats travel to face off against McDaniel for the 77th meeting between the two institutions. The Diplomats have been dominant of late, taking eight straight against the Green Terror, including a 2-1 victory last season on Oct. 5. 

Last Week: A pair of Centennial Conference (CC) games filled out the slate for F&M. The Diplomats went a perfect 2-0 with a 2-1 win over Ursinus on Tuesday, followed by a thrilling 2-1 2OT victory against Muhlenberg on Friday. 

Against the Bears, F&M overcame an early one-goal deficit with a pair of scores in the second half to edge out the victory.  Devon Malfitano (49th minute) and Sam Lane (57th) tallied goals for the Diplomats. For the game, F&M led on shots at 15-9 and corners at 8-3. Jared Bomba registered five shots through 90 minutes, followed by three from Lane and a pair from Chris Scott

On Friday against the Mules, Bomba's late second-overtime tally lifted the Diplomats to a dramatic 1-0 shutout win. With just under five minutes standing in between F&M and its second tie of the season, Janse Schermerhorn settled the ball at the top-center of the box and sent a short cross over to Bomba who fired the ball from the left side and into the back of the net. 

Trevor Britton (10-0-1) grabbed three saves for his seventh shutout of the season. The Mules' Danny Pinto (6-1-2) was dealt the loss but was stellar in net, picking up a pair of saves on the day. 

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In the Rankings: F&M moved up to No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/ Continental Tire NCAA Division III Men's Poll. Dickinson is the only other CC representative, entering the rankings at No. 22. To view the top-25 rankings, click here

The Diplomats sit at No. 4 in the 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

Racking up the Honors: Bomba was named the CC Offensive Player of the Week for men's soccer on Monday for the second time this season. The senior forward earned the distinction for his overtime winner against Muhlenberg on Friday. 

Record Book Watch: With seven game-winning goals in his career, Bomba is in sole possession of 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 Leaders (CC): Bomba's four assists on the season place him in a tie for fourth among players in the CC, while his 12 points are tied for the sixth most in the conference.  Britton stands first among goalkeepers with his 0.44 goals against average and a .828 save percentage, while also leading the CC in shutouts with seven. 

As a team, The Diplomats' 24 goals in 2014 are the second-highest total in the conference, behind only Dickinson with 27. F&M has only allowed five tallies on the year, a mark that places first in the CC. 

Among the Leaders (NCAA): F&M's impressive statistics put them among the leaders in the NCAA as well. The Diplomats shutout percentage of 73 percent ranks fourth in the nation while their goals against average of 0.44 is good for 11th

Off to a Fast Start: With a 10-0-1 overall record on the season, the Diplomats have now gone the furthest into the year without a loss since 2007 when F&M began its campaign at 13-0.