Friday, October 19, 2007

Five-Star Matchups 10.19

Johns Hopkins at Franklin & Marshall
(Men's Soccer)

It's a first-place showdown that will wrap up Homecoming weekend in Lancaster as the #11 Blue Jays (5-1, 13-2) take on the #18 Diplomats (5-1, 13-1). It is the 59th meeting on the pitch between the two schools with Hopkins holding a 36-18-4 advantage, including a 13-1-2 record since the inception of the Centennial. F&M's last win was a 4-2 overtime decision at Homewood Field in 1993. Both games last season went to overtime with the Blue Jays winning the Conference championship with a 2-1 triumph in Baltimore.

pictured: Ben McAbee, Johns Hopkins

Muhlenberg at Franklin & Marshall (Field Hockey)
The Mules (6-1 CC, 11-4) travel to meet the Diplomats (5-3, 9-5) on Homecoming in Lancaster. F&M leads the all-time series, 9-5-1, but Muhlenberg captured last season's meeting on the grass surface at Baker Campus by a 2-0 count. The Mules are a game back of CC leader Johns Hopkins in the chase for first place, while the Diplomats need a victory to keep a hold on the fifth and final playoff position. Muhlenberg never won back-to-back games against the Diplomats.

Dickinson at Gettysburg (Football)
The Red Devils (3-1, 5-1) and the Bullets (4-1, 5-2) meet in the battle for the Little Brown Bucket in what could be an elimination game for the CC title. Both teams are chasing undefeated Muhlenberg and can ill afford another league loss. It is the 72nd meeting between the two teams with Gettysburg holding a 39-30-2 advantage. Dickinson, however, has won 10 of the last 11 meetings.

Swarthmore at Gettysburg (Women's Soccer)
It's a rematch of the 2006 Centennial semifinals when the #22 ranked Garnet (6-1, 11-1) travels to the Battlefield to take on the Bullets (4-3, 5-9-1). Swarthmore downed Gettysburg, 1-0, in that match for its first win over the Orange and Blue since 2002. The Bullets, who can ill afford another league loss, are 16-3-1 all-time against the Garnet.

Dickinson at Haverford (Volleyball)
Coming off their first victory over Franklin & Marshall since 1989, the Red Devils (5-2, 10-13) look to knock off #18 ranked Haverford (6-1, 24-2) on the road. The Fords have won nine straight in the series to take a 12-5 overall lead. Dickinson's last win was a five-game thriller on the Main Line in 1999.

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