Friday, May 04, 2007
It's the final weekend of competition for the 2006-07 Centennial Conference season with titles up for grabs in baseball, softball, men's lacrosse and men's and women's outdoor track and field.
Two-time defending champion Franklin & Marshall welcomes the "final four" to Caplan Field after a pair of first-round games in Lancaster and Baltimore. The Diplomats face CC Pitcher of the Year Chris Liegel and his Gettysburg teammates this afternoon, while Johns Hopkins and CC Player of the Year Rob Sanzillo entertain Ursinus. The double-elimination tournament continues Saturday and Sunday at F&M.
There will be a new champion this spring, as defending titlist Haverford did not make the "final four." Ursinus plays host to Swarthmore, Gettysburg and Dickinson this weekend, looking for its fifth championship. The Bullets have two titles to their credit, while the Garnet and the Red Devils look to make program history this weekend.
The toughest Conference in Division III showcases its four best teams today in Gettysburg. The top-seeded Bullets take on No. 4 seed Haverford, looking to avenge their only regular-season CC loss in the last three seasons. Dickinson and Washington meet in the nightcap with the Shoremen looking to make it three in a row over the Devils in the CC semifinals at Musselman Stadium. The title game is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Track and Field
It's tough not to pick Haverford when you talk about the favorites to win the Centennial track title. The Ford men have won 13 consecutive CC championships, while the Haverford women won last year's outdoor title and this season's indoor crown. And the meet will be held at Haverford's Walton Field.