Friday, April 20, 2007

Weekend's Top Games

Johns Hopkins at Franklin & Marshall (Baseball)
The two top teams in the Conference square off at Caplan Field in a twinbill that could decide the home field for the Centennial tournament on May 4-5-6. The 19th ranked Blue Jays (23-4, 11-0 CC) have won seven CC championships, but the Diplomats (17-9, 11-2) have won the last two. Hopkins leads the all-time series, 43-27-1, but F&M has won five of the last seven games in Lancaster.

Gettysburg at Franklin & Marshall (Women's Lacrosse)
It's the regular-season "Game of the Year" in Division III lacrosse, as the #1 ranked Diplomats (14-0, 8-0 CC) and the #4 ranked Bullets (13-1, 8-0) meet for the top seed and home field for next weekend's Centennial championship tournament. Gettysburg has won 12 of the last 13 meetings to take a 21-18-1 series advantage. F&M's lone win during that stretch was an 8-7 triumph at Sponaugle-Williamson Field in 2005.

Ursinus at Haverford
Swarthmore at Ursinus (Softball)

The Conference-leading Bears (19-5, 6-0) face their two closest challengers in a weekend set. On Friday, UC, ranked eighth in the region, travels to Haverford (16-8, 6-2), while on Saturday, Ursinus entertains Swarthmore (16-8, 6-2), ranked fifth in the region.

Haverford at Johns Hopkins
Washington at Haverford (Men's Tennis)

It promises to be the best match of the Centennial Conference regular season today in Baltimore as #13 Johns Hopkins (12-2, 6-0 CC) plays host to Haverford (11-1, 6-0). The winner most likely will earn the top seed and host next weekend's CC championship tournament. The tone of the match could be set early at No. 1 doubles, as the Fords' Alex Buxbaum and Thomas Kinrade (7-3), ranked ninth in the region, take on the Jays' Hillen Smith and Joe Vasoontara (11-3), ranked 10th. Haverford turns right around on Saturday and welcomes the Shoremen (8-7, 6-1) to the Main Line for another important CC match.

Muhlenberg at Washington (Women's Tennis)
It is essentially a first-round playoff match as the Mules (7-6, 5-4) travel to Chestertown to take on the Shorewomen (8-9, 6-3). Winner is in the four-team Conference tournament ... loser is most likely out. Watch the #1 doubles match between Muhlenberg's Pam Kimmelman and Jenn Powell (9-3) as they take on Washington's Allison Daciek and Kellie Foster (11-6).

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