Friday, October 27, 2006

Showdown Saturday

Johns Hopkins at Ursinus (Field Hockey)
The final day of the regular season pits the two top teams in the Conference in a showdown to determine the top seed and home field advantage for next weekend's Centennial final four. The eighth-ranked Bears (14-3, 9-0) have won 39 straight Conferennce regular season games ... and have only lost once since joining the Centennial in 2003. That loss - Johns Hopkins (12-5, 8-1) in Collegeville in the 2003 CC semifinals.

Johns Hopkins at Ursinus
McDaniel at Franklin & Marshall (Football)

It's elimination Saturday in the Conference as the two losers will be out of the championship chase, while the winners will remain alive for a shot at a share of the title. The Blue Jays (3-4, 2-2) travel to Collegeville to be Ursinus' (5-2, 1-2) Homecoming opponent. The Green Terror (3-4, 1-2) are the Family Weekend opponent for the Diplomats (2-5, 1-2).

Gettysburg at Dickinson (Men's Soccer)
There are still four teams fighting for the final three spots in next week's Centennial tournament and the annual Route 34 battle between the Bullets (10-5-1, 5-3) and the Red Devils (10-6, 4-4) will go a long way in determining the berths. It is the 65th meeting between the rivals since 1930. The teams have split the last four meetings, but the Devils have not won at home since the formation of the CC (0-7).

Dickinson at Gettysburg
Muhlenberg at Ursinus (Women's Soccer)

There is only one spot remaining for the five-team Centennial tournament that begins next week, but six teams are still fighting for playoff life and position. The Red Devils (8-8, 5-4) need a win at the Battlefield against the Bullets (11-5-1, 7-2), while the Bears (8-5-1, 5-3-1) must have a victory over the Mules (11-5, 6-3) to stay alive. Dickinson has not won at Gettysburg since 1988 (3-0). Ursinus has won three straight from 'Berg since losing the first eight in the series.

Dickinson at Haverford (Volleyball)
Although both teams are already in the five-team Centennial tournament that begins Wednesday night, the winner gets a first-round bye and may determine who the No. 5 seed is when the day is over. The Fords (21-4, 7-2) are ranked third in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region - tops among CC schools. The Red Devils (14-15, 6-3) look to end an eight-game losing streak to the Main Liners.

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