Challenging Non-Conference Test Awaits No. 6 F&M

Challenging Non-Conference Test Awaits No. 6 F&M
Game 8
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
No. 6 F&M vs. No. 8 Rowan | Lancaster | 7:30 PM
Series Record: First Meeting
Streak: N/A
Last F&M Victory: N/A
Last Rowan Victory: N/A
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Game 9
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
No. 6 F&M vs. Washington | Lancaster | 6:00 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 26-8-7
Streak: F&M +5
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Sept 26, 2015
Last Wash Victory: 3-1, Sept. 28, 2002
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Series History: All eyes figure to be on Lancaster this Wednesday when No. 8 Rowan (7-0) heads to Tylus for a matchup with No. 6 F&M (5-0-2). These teams have never faced off.

Centennial Conference (CC) play continues on Saturday when Washington heads to Lancaster for the 42nd meeting between the two institutions. The Diplomats have dominated as of late with an 11-0-2 record in the last 13 meetings, including a 1-0 shutout last season on Sept. 26.

Last Week: F&M continued to roll last week with a 2-0 shutout of No. 15 Elizabethtown on Wednesday in the Smith-Herr Boot Game and a dominant 3-1 showing against Swarthmore on Saturday. 

Against Elizabethtown, the Diplomats received a first-career goal from Connor Whitacre in the 56th minute and a clincher from Ugo Okolie in the 88th. Goalkeeper Dave Reingold notched his third-straight shutout after registering five saves, with four coming in the opening half.

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Against Swarthmore, Jason Tonelli notched a trio of goals in the 13th, 21st and 59th minutes in a career day for the junior forward. Reingold remained unbeaten in net and improved to 5-0-2 by stopping both shots he faced in 75 minutes of action. 

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Tonelli Named POTW: Tonelli received his second CC Offensive Player of the Week honor on Tuesday. His hat trick against Swarthmore on Saturday was the first for F&M since Ben Beaver tallied three against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Sept. 6, 2013.

Non-Conference Win Streak: With a 4-0-2 non-conference start, the Diplomats extended their regular-season unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents to 30, a mark that stretches back to 2012. 

In the Rankings: F&M moved up one spot to No. 6 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. Haverford is the only other CC Institution to crack the top-25, moving up to No. 22. 

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Among the Leaders (CC): Tonelli ranks first in the CC in points (12) and goals (six) through the opening three weeks of the season. Okolie is tied for first with three assists, and Reingold holds the second-lowest goals-against-average mark in the conference at 0.41. Reingold's 24 saves are tied for second, and his .889 save percentage stands alone in second. 

Among the Leaders (NCAA): Tonelli's three game-winning goals place him seventh nationally while his six goals are good for 22nd.

Battle of Unbeatens: Wednesday's contest against Rowan will feature two of just 34 men's soccer teams across Division III that enter the week without a loss on the year.

Another Strong Start: The Diplomats 5-0-2 start to the season marks the fourth-consecutive year F&M has not taken a loss through its first seven matches.