No. 3 F&M Set for Marquee Matchup Against No. 15 Hopkins – Week 8 Game Notes

No. 3 F&M Set for Marquee Matchup Against No. 15 Hopkins – Week 8 Game Notes

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Game 14
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019
No. 3 F&M vs. No. 15 Hopkins | Lancaster | 1:00 PM

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Series Record: JHU leads 41-23-8
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 2-0, Nov. 3, 2018
Last JHU Victory: 4-1, Oct. 13, 2018

Series History 

The nation's eyes figure to be on Lancaster this Saturday when No. 15 Johns Hopkins (9-2-1, 3-1-1 CC) takes on No. 3 Franklin & Marshall (12-1, 5-0 CC). Last season, the series was split as Hopkins secured a 4-1 win in the regular season before the Diplomats responded with a 2-0 blanking in the Centennial Conference Semifinals.

Before last season, Johns Hopkins and F&M had been involved in tight contests as each of the previous 15 games in the series were decided by one goal or less. 

Playoff Outlook

A win over Johns Hopkins on Saturday would go a long way in securing the top spot and hosting rights for the CC Tournament. The Diplomats enter the week with 15 points thanks to their perfect 5-0 CC mark and have already clinched one of the five seeds. Dickinson sits in second with a 4-1 record, followed by Hopkins at 3-1-1.

Last Week

Another 2-0 week saw F&M steamroll Eastern by a 4-1 score on Wednesday before battling back to down Ursinus on the road Saturday by a 2-1 tally. A.J. Kopacz scored twice against Eastern as the Diplomats led in shots by a 17-4 margin and corners at 9-1. Recap. Video Highlights.

Against Ursinus, F&M fell behind early but battled back with a 21st-minute marker from Alex Lalovic and an 81st-minute goal from Kane Feudtner – the first of his career –  to complete the comeback bid of the Bears. Recap

Kopacz Named CC POTW

A.J. Kopacz was named the Centennial Offensive Player of the Week for men's soccer, announced by the league office on Tuesday. The honor was the second of the season for a member of the Diplomats and the first of Kopacz's career. 

The sophomore forward notched a pair of goals in a 4-1 victory over Eastern last Wednesday and assisted on the 81st-minute game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Ursinus last Saturday. 

Among the Leaders 

A.J. Kopacz is tied for fourth among CC leaders with seven goals on the season, while his 16 points rank eighth, just ahead of teammate Alex Lalovic in ninth with 15. 

Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso is first among all Centennial goalkeepers with a 0.61 goals-against average while his .789 save percentage places third.

As a team, the Diplomats' 0.67 GAA tops the Centennial while their 16.9 shots per game is tied with Muhlenberg for first.

Record Book Watch 

Connor Whitacre and A.J. Kopacz are tied for seventh in program history in career game-winning goals with five. Ben Beaver '14 tops the list with 20 in his career.

Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso broke the top-10 for career shutouts and now places sixth with 14. Zach Zamek '10 holds the record with 25. He has accumulated 28 wins in his career as well, a mark which places sixth. Zamek also holds that record with 41.

Amoruso's 12 wins in net this season already place sixth in single-season history. Trevor Britton '16 is the record holder with a 17-4 mark in 2015.

In the Polls 

F&M moved up to No. 3 in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 National Poll after spending the previous two weeks at No. 4. Johns Hopkins is the Centennial's next highest-ranked team at No. 15. Amherst tops the list at No. 1. The Diplomats remained at the number one spot in the Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings, and are ahead of Catholic and Johns Hopkins. Complete poll

In the poll, the Diplomats advanced to the No. 5 spot. Complete poll.

Rankings History 

The No. 3 ranking in the coaches poll is the highest for F&M since a three-week stretch in 2015 that saw the Diplomats hold the No. 1 spot in the nation. F&M opened that campaign at a perfect 14-0 to reach the top billing.

A Flair for the Dramatic 

F&M has risen to the occasion in extra minutes this season and is now a perfect 3-0 in overtime contests.

Win Streak 

F&M's 10-game winning streak is the longest since 2015 when the Diplomats opened the year at 14-0. 

CC Home Win Streak 

The Diplomats haven't dropped a Centennial game at home since Oct. 31, 2015, holding a 14-0-3 record in their previous 17 Conference contests in Lancaster. 

Reaching a Milestone 

With a 1-0 shutout of Scranton on Saturday, Sept. 14th, head coach Dan Wagner reached the 200-win milestone for his career. 

Wagner became the program's all-time wins leader in 2012 and is one of only five coaches in the history of the CC to reach the milestone, with the leader being Johns Hopkins' Matt Smith with 240.

A Record Streak

F&M's six-consecutive NCAA Tournament bids are a record streak unmatched in the history of the Centennial Conference (CC). The Diplomats hold an 11-6 playoff record during that time span, including a 7-1 record in Lancaster.