Series History: F&M takes on a pair of opponents for the first time in series history this weekend, hosting Houghton, a liberal arts college from Caneadea, N.Y., and Randolph, a private school residing in Lynchburg, Va.
Last Week: For the third consecutive season, the Diplomats began the year with three shutouts through their opening three games. Against Lebanon Valley on Tuesday, second-half goals from Janse Schermerhorn and Chase TenBrook keyed a 2-0 win. To read a recap from Tuesday's victory, click here.
Over the weekend, F&M was crowned the 2015 Scrapyard Tournament Champions, downing Arcadia by a commanding 4-0 tally on Friday thanks to a pair of goals from Jason Tonelli, before Devon Malfitano's successful penalty kick in overtime led to a dramatic 1-0 OT win against Alvernia on Saturday.
To watch a highlight video of the Scrapyard Classic Tournament, click here.
In the Rankings: F&M remains as the nation's No. 12 team in both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and D3soccer.com polls. Muhlenberg is the only other CC Institution in the NSCAA rankings at No. 15, while D3soccer.com has the Mules just outside the top-25.
CC POTW: Goalkeeper Trevor Britton was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Defensive Player of the Week, announced Tuesday. He earned honor for the third time in his career after stopping all five shots he faced last week, recording a perfect 3-0 record to go along with two shutouts.
Record Book Watch: Britton enters the week with 19 career wins, which places him eighth on the program's all-time list. Zach Zamek '10 leads the way with 41. The senior goalkeeper's 14 shutouts stands in fifth, a record that also belongs to Zamek with 25. TenBrook continues to climb the ladder in several offensive categories and currently places 17th in career points (44), 16th in career goals (18) and 10th in game-winning scores (3).
Strong Starters: The Diplomats' defense continues its trend of being stingy at the beginning of seasons, opening with three straight shutouts for the third year in a row. In 2013, F&M began with an NCAA-leading eight shutouts, before rattling off five consecutive to open last year.
Tylus Win Streak: Entering play this week, F&M has not dropped a regular-season contest at home since Oct. 2, 2013 in a 2-1 overtime loss to Ursinus, a streak that spans 14 contests.