Series History: It's been over a year since Franklin & Marshall has dropped a regular-season game. The last team to do so comes to town on Saturday when the Diplomats welcome Haverford to Tylus Field to celebrate homecoming and senior day at 6:00 p.m.
The Fords had the upper hand the last time these two Centennial Conference (CC) rivals squared off on Oct. 19 of last season, when Haverford pulled off a 3-1 win. F&M has fallen in each of the previous three matchups, last earning a victory in the series on Sept. 24, 2011 with a 1-0 shutout.
Last Week: Seven of the previous nine contests between F&M and Johns Hopkins have gone into overtime. The latest installment on Saturday night at Tylus Field appeared destined for the same until a tally by Jeremy Levine with 12 seconds remaining on the clock handed the No. 6 Diplomats a 2-1 victory over their Centennial Conference (CC) rival.
Momentum resided on the Blue Jays side until the 73rd minute in the second half. Ben Draheim sent a header that Chase TenBrook played off his chest at the left of the box, before rocketing a shot into the right of the goal to knot the contest at 1-1.
Extra minutes appeared imminent in the 89th minute before a long throw in from Janse Schermerhorn on the left side led to a scramble in the box. The ball ended up at the foot of Levine, who lofted a shot into the right of the net for the dramatic game winner.
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In the Rankings: F&M remained at 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. 16. Muhlenberg received votes, but did not make the list. To view the top-25 rankings, click here.
The Diplomats moved up to No. 2 in the D3Soccer.com Top-25 Poll, receiving three first-place votes. Messiah received 22 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, Jared 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 Sam Lane is not 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 13 wins on the season are third all-time, a record that White also tied last season with 15.
Among the Leaders (CC): Bomba's four assists in his senior campaign place him in a tie for ninth among players in the CC. Chase TenBrook's 13 points are tied for 10th. Britton stands first among goalkeepers with his 0.42 goals against average and nine shutouts, while the junior netminder is third with an .838 save percentage.
As a team, The Diplomats' 29 goals in 2014 are tied for the second-highest total in the conference, behind only Dickinson with 35. F&M has only allowed six 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 71 percent is fourth in the nation while their goals against average of 0.42 is good for eighth.
Britton is on the cusp of breaking the top 10 in goals against average, ranking 12th at 0.42 allowed per game.
Tylus Win Streak: Entering play this weekend, F&M has not dropped a contest at home since Oct. 2, 2013 in a 2-1 overtime loss to Ursinus, a streak that spans 10 contests. The last loss at home during regulation occurred way back on Sept. 22, 2012 in a 1-0 defeat by Haverford, a mark that now rests at 20 consecutive games.
Off to a Historic Start: With a 13-0-1 overall record, the Diplomats have now gone further into a season without a loss than any other squad in program history, topping the 2007 team that started off the year at 13-0.
Senior Day: The Diplomats will honor their seven-member senior class of Matthew Landy, Derek Pawlush, David Rosenfeld, Chris Scott, Max Watson, Bomba and Lane on Saturday at Tylus Field, prior to the start of the 6:00 p.m. contest.