Home Field Advantage on the Line for No. 4 Diplomats – Week 10 Game Notes

Home Field Advantage on the Line for No. 4 Diplomats – Week 10 Game Notes

Season Links 

Game 16
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
No. 4 F&M at Gettysburg | Gettysburg | 7:00 PM

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Series Record: F&M leads 46-35-5
Streak: F&M +11
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Oct. 17, 2018
Last GC Victory: 2-1, Nov. 3, 2007

Game 17
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
No. 4 F&M vs. McDaniel | Lancaster | 1:00 PM

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Series Record: F&M leads 51-29-4
Streak: F&M +12
Last F&M Victory: 5-0, Oct. 28, 2017
Last McD Victory: 3-1, Sept. 17, 2005

Playoff Outlook 

With just two Centennial Conference (CC) regular-season games remaining, No. 4 Franklin & Marshall holds a two-point lead for the top spot entering the 2019 Tournament. Johns Hopkins is close behind with 16 points, followed by Dickinson with 15. 

The Diplomats will enter the Playoffs no lower than the No. 4 seed and need just two points across their final two games to secure a first-round bye. Complete standings can be viewed here. 

Series History 

F&M and Gettysburg are meeting for the 87th time since 1930 and for the 28th time in Conference play. Each of the 11 games were won by the Diplomats as the Bullets are in search of their first victory in the series since 2007 and the first win against F&M at home since 2000.

McDaniel hasn't beaten F&M since 2005, a 13-match winless streak that has seen the Diplomats rack up a 12-0-1 mark. The Green Terror's last win in Lancaster occurred during the 2005 campaign.

Last Week 

Three goals in the opening 10 minutes of play  - including a pair of A.J. Kopacz penalty-kick scores – highlighted the F&M's commanding 4-1 win over Washington College on the road Saturday afternoon. Recap

Kopacz Named Offensive POTW

A.J. Kopac was named the CC Offensive Player of the Week for men's soccer for the second time this season and for his career The sophomore forward converted a pair of penalty-kick scores in the opening five minutes of No. 6 F&M's 4-1 triumph of Washington College on Saturday. It marked his fourth multi-goal game of the season as the sophomore forward leads the Diplomats with nine tallies and 20 total points. 

Among the Leaders

A.J. Kopacz is tied for third among CC leaders with nine goals on the season, while his 20 points rank seventh, just ahead of teammate Alex Lalovic in ninth with 17. 

Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso is first among all Centennial goalkeepers with a 0.69 goals-against average while his four shutouts are tied for second.

As a team, the Diplomats' 0.72 GAA tops the Centennial while their 16.3 shots per game are second. 

Record Book Watch 

A.J. Kopacz is climbing the ranks of F&M all-time goals leaders and is currently 23rd with 15. Ben Beaver '14 leads the way with 47.

Kopacz is tied for sixth in program history in career game-winning goals with six, while teammate Connor Whitacre is tied for eighth 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 29 wins in his career as well, a mark which places sixth. Zamek also holds that record with 41. 

Kopacz's four penalty-kick goals broke the Diplomats' single-season record of three set by Ryan McGonigle in 2005 and Ben Beaver in 2013. Amoruso's 13 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 a pair of spots to No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 National Poll. Johns Hopkins is the Centennial's only additional representative at No. 3. Amherst tops the list at No. 1. The Diplomats remained at No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings, with Johns Hopkins at the top spot. Messiah is third, followed by Catholic (No. 4) and Swarthmore (No. 5). Complete poll.  

In the D3soccer.com poll, the Diplomats still sit at the No. 9 spot. Complete poll.  

A Flair for the Dramatic 

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

Strength in Numbers 

The Diplomats have proven to have one of the deepest benches in Division III as 18 players have made at least one start, 25 players have appeared in five or more games, and 11 Diplomats have notched at least one goal on the year. 

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.