Saturday, April 29, 2006

Spring Championship Fling

It's the first of two big weekends of the spring season in the Conference. Five champions will be determined this weekend in M/W Golf, M/W Tennis and women's lacrosse, while the playoff seeds will be finalized in baseball, softball and men's lacrosse. Here's a few things to look for this weekend.

Baseball: Defending champion Franklin & Marshall can clinch the top seed for next weekend's tournament with a sweep of Dickinson. A split opens the door for Johns Hopkins to get homefield advantage with sweeps of Muhlenberg and Ursinus. The Red Devils, Bears and Haverford are still battling for the final two berths in the field. You can listen to the F&M-Dickinson and Swarthmore-Haverford twinbills on the Internet.

Men's Lacrosse: Gettysburg is the top seed and will host the final four beginning next Friday. Who the Bullets will face in the semis is still up in the air. If Dickinson defeats Ursinus and Haverford defeats Swarthmore ... Washington is #2, Dickinson #3 and Haverford #4. If Dickinson wins and Haverford loses ... Dickinson is #2 and Washington is #3. If Haverford wins and Dickinson loses ... Washington is #2 and Haverford is #3. If both lose ... Haverford is #3 and Dickinson is #4.

Softball: Haverford can clinch the top seed for next weekend's double-elimination tourney with a sweep of Muhlenberg. A split opens the door for Ursinus to grab the top spot with a sweep of Dickinson. Swarthmore can secure a playoff berth with one win in its twinbill with McDaniel. The Mules, Green Terror, Red Devils and Gettysburg are still fighting with the Garnet for the final two playoff berths.

Women's Lacrosse: With three of the four teams ranked in the national top 15, you get a feeling that it will be a pretty good tournament starting today at Gettysburg's Clark Field. The four-time defending champion Bullets are the top seed and the top-ranked team in the country. They will tangle with three-time champion Ursinus, a 12-9 victor against Swarthmore in the first round, in the first semifinal at 1 p.m. #8 Franklin & Marshall and #14 Dickinson will meet in the second semi 45 minutes after the conclusion of the Bullet-Bear clash. The winners meet Sunday at 1 p.m. Follow the action on our championship page.

Men's Golf: The 13th annual Centennial championship began yesterday at Pilgrim's Oak GC and with three teams within two shots of the lead, the tournament promises to be tight throughout. Franklin & Marshall (320) holds a slight lead on McDaniel (321) and Gettysburg (322), while Swarthmore (329) and Muhlenberg (331) are right on their heels. Green Terror senior Steve Perrone leads the individual race after carding a 76. Follow the action on our championship page.

Women's Golf: The 36-hole Centennial women's championship begins today at Pilgrim's Oak. The team competition should come down to four-time champ McDaniel and Gettysburg. Bullet sophomore Merrill Fortier is the favorite in the individual competition. Follow the action on our championship page.

Women's Tennis: The inaugural Centennial women's team championship could be the most entertaining event of the weekend. Top-seed Swarthmore plays host to the four-team tourney and takes on Johns Hopkins in the first semifinal at 11 a.m., while Washington and Muhlenberg meet at 3 p.m. Four of the top singles players in the region will be on display today - Swarthmore's Sonya Reynolds, Hopkins' Brittanyt Matava, Washington's Allison Daciek and Muhlenberg's Amy Schmidt, the 2005 CC Player of the Year. Follow the action on our championship page.

Men's Tennis: The inaugural Centennial men's tournament takes place at Washington College with the 12-time Conference champion Shoremen the favorite to make it a baker's dozen. The first semifinal is today at 11 a.m., as the Shoremen take on Dickinson, while the 3 p.m. nightcap pits Haverford and Johns Hopkins. Washington is 103-1 all-time in Centennial dual matches. Follow the action on our championship page.

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