Bring on the Blue Jays

Bring on the Blue Jays
Game 14                    
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014                   
F&M vs. Johns Hopkins | Lancaster, Pa. | 6:00 PM                       
Series Record: JHU leads 36-19-6              
Streak: Tied 1                       
Last F&M Victory: 2-1, Oct. 23, 2010                     
Last JHU Victory: 1-0, Sept. 29, 2012
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Series History: Franklin & Marshall seeks its first victory against Johns Hopkins since 2010 when the Blue Jays traveled to Lancaster for a Saturday night showdown at Tylus Field. The Diplomats have not beaten Hopkins at home since a 2-1 2OT thriller on Oct. 20, 2007. The conference rivals last squared off on Oct. 12, 2013 in Baltimore, having to settle for a 1-1 2OT tie.

Last Week: Two games. Two shutouts. Last week, F&M's suffocating defense was on full display in a 1-0 blanking of Desales on Wednesday, followed by another 2-0 shutout of McDaniel on Saturday. 

Against the Bull Dogs, Chris Scott's goal in the 83rd minute broke a scoreless tie and handed the Diplomats a dramatic non-conference victory. F&M completely dominated the shot count at 28-4, including an 11-0 margin in the opening stanza. Janse Schermerhorn led the way with four, followed by Jared Bomba, Sam Lane, Chase TenBrook, Conor Pellas and Scott with three apiece. 

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On Saturday at McDaniel, two second-half goals proved to be the difference for F&M. With the score knotted at 0-0 in the 71st minute, Connor Finn tallied his first goal of the season to finally get F&M on the board. The Diplomats needed just 13 additional minutes to put the game out of reach when TenBrook notched an unassisted goal for the 2-0 lead. 

Trevor Britton (12-0-1) and the Diplomats' defense continued to stymie opponent offenses on the year. Britton registered one save for his ninth shutout and F&M's 10th overall through the opening 13 games. 

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In the Rankings: F&M moved up to No. 6 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/ Continental Tire NCAA Division III Men's Poll. Dickinson is the only other CC representative in the rankings at No. 20. To view the top-25 rankings, click here

The Diplomats sit at No. 3 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

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. Teammate Lane is no far behind, placing in a tie for fifth with five in his career. 

Lane has also 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. 

Britton is approaching a pair of single-season program records thanks to his stellar play in net. The junior goalkeeper has nine shutouts on the season, a mark that places third. T.J. White tied the record last season with 11. Britton's 12 wins on the season is tied for third all-time. White also tied the record last season with 15. 

Among the Leaders (CC): Bomba's four assists in his senior campaign place him in a tie for seventh among players in the CC, while his 12 points are tied for the eighth most in the conference. Chase TenBrook's 13 points are tied for sixth.  Britton stands first among goalkeepers with his 0.38 goals against average and a .844 save percentage, while also leading the CC in shutouts with nine. 

As a team, The Diplomats' 27 goals in 2014 are the second-highest total in the conference, behind only Dickinson with 33. 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 77 percent is first in the nation while their goals against average of 0.37 is good for sixth. 

Britton is on the cusp of breaking the top 10 in goals against average, ranking 11th at 0.37 allowed per game.

Off to a Historic Start: With a 12-0-1 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.