The Diplomats made history in October by winning the 600th game in program history, a 31-7 victory over McDaniel. F&M became just the eighth NCAA Division III program to reach the milestone, joining Mount Union, Wittenberg, Washington & Jefferson, Widener, Williams, Wabash and Amherst. Seven Diplomats were named to the All-Centennial Conference (CC) team at the conclusion of the year. Receiver and return specialist Jordan Zackery ’15 (pictured), a unanimous selection, became the 40th player in conference history to earn first-team honors three times. His 262 career receptions set a school and conference record, while his 4,612 all-purpose yards also rank first in program history. Defensive back Aaron Fant ’15 joined Zackery on the first team. Right tackle Frank Seitz ’15, defensive back Brian Velasco ’15, linebacker Ryan Young ’15, left tackle Ryan Ignatovig ’16 and defensive lineman A.J. Koikoi ’16 landed on the second team. Velasco finished his career as the program leader in solo tackles with 173, while Young’s 143 solo stops place him sixth all-time.
Women’s Cross Country
The Diplomats placed 23rd out of 52 teams at the 2014 Mideast Regionals in November. Julia Zielinski ’16 (pictured) completed the 6K course in 24:17.1 and placed 94th overall, while Grace Adams finished in 24:27.9 to place 110th. The team placed ninth at the conference championships, with Zielinski finishing 47th, Adams 56th and Kimberly Hilfrank ’15 58th.
The Diplomats put together a historic season by becoming the first No. 5 seed to win the CC Tournament. The team captured the title with a thrilling 3-2 win over No. 2 Muhlenberg after knocking off No. 4 seed Johns Hopkins in the first round (3-2) and top seed Haverford in the semifinals (3-1). The Diplomats automatically qualified for the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to eventual champion Hope, 3-0, in the first round. The team led the CC in total kills (1,497) and assists (1,362), and finished third with 1,933 total digs. Julie Harvey ’15 finished her career in the top 10 in school history in kills (sixth), attack attempts (sixth), blocks (third) and block assists (second), while classmate Caroline Hubbard ’15 completed her Diplomat tenure in the top 10 in assists (second), matches played (second) and service aces (ninth). Ellie Ezekiel ’17 earned honorable mention accolades on the AVCA All-America team. Hubbard was a first-team All-CC selection, with Ezekiel (second team) and Harvey (honorable mention) also receiving conference honors.
The men’s soccer team (16-2-3 overall) etched its name in the school record book and further advanced its place among the top programs in Division III with an unbeaten regular-season record, a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and a number of captivating wins. Hosting their first NCAA playoff game in program history, the Diplomats defeated Johnson & Wales, 1-0, on a Chris Scott ’15 goal. The following night, the team knocked off Rochester in thrilling fashion, winning on penalty kicks after the sides remained knotted 2-2 following a pair of overtimes. The team’s storied run ended in the Sweet 16 with a 2-1 loss against Oneonta State. The Diplomats opened the year with five straight shutouts and blanked their opponents 13 times, tying the program record. Goaltender Trevor Britton ’16 set a pair of F&M single-season marks by recording 12 shutouts and 16 wins, finishing with the lowest goals-against average (0.60) in more than 60 years of F&M soccer (second only to Walt Len’s 0.44 mark in 1952). David Rosenfeld ’15, Jared Bomba ’15, Chris Scott ’15 and Britton each earned a spot on the All-CC first team, while Chase TenBrook garnered second-team accolades and Janse Schermerhorn ’18 was the CC Rookie of the Year. Rosenfeld was named a third-team All-American by D3Soccer.com, while Scott was the ECAC South Defensive Player of the Year.
The field hockey team set numerous school and conference records en route to its sixth consecutive winning campaign. The Diplomats finished with an 18-3 overall mark and were ranked nationally throughout the season as they advanced to their third straight CC title game. Following a 2-1 loss to Ursinus in the conference championship, the Diplomats handed Regis (Mass.) a 6-0 defeat in the NCAA Tournament. F&M rattled off five consecutive shutouts during the regular season, tying the CC record. The Diplomats blanked their opponents a program-record 12 times, the second-most in conference history. This year’s squad also set the program record with 80 goals, breaking the previous record of 74 held by the 2004 team. Maria Guarisco ’16 (pictured, first team) and Mary Kate Olson ’16 (second team) both earned spots on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America Team. Both players also earned first-team All-CC honors, while Megan Kelly ’15 and Tamara Mills ’16 landed on the second team. Meanwhile, Sydney Cole ’18 was named CC Rookie of the Year.
The Diplomats completed the campaign with a 2-14-1 mark. The team recorded a thrilling 1-0 win over Penn St.–Berks as Kim Koornbluth ’16 chipped the ball in front of the goalkeeper and Brianna Reid ’15 (pictured) knocked it in. In the final game of the season, Nicole Rynecki ’15 buried an overtime goal as the Diplomats beat Dickinson, 1-0. Reid received an honorable mention nod on the All-CC team, while Shannon Johnson-Finn ’18 made 57 saves in net.
Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team finished second in the annual Little Three Meet, defeating Gettysburg and finishing behind Dickinson. Luk Olenginski ’15 paced the Diplomats by finishing 10th in the rivalry meet. The team placed fifth at the conference championships as Bryan Andrews ’15 completed the 8K course in 26:32 for 24th place. Andrews earned All-Region honors for the third time by placing 21st at the Mideast Regionals, where the Diplomats finished 13th out of 47 teams.