Friday, October 12, 2007

Five-Star Matchups

Muhlenberg at Johns Hopkins (Field Hockey)
It's a first-place showdown in Baltimore as the Mules (6-0, 10-3) and the Blue Jays (6-0, 10-2) put their unbeaten CC marks on the line. Seventh-ranked Hopkins holds a 12-3 advantage in the series since 1993 with victories in each of the last two meetings. Muhlenberg is looking to break its Homewood jinx, as 'Berg is winless in its eight trips to the Charm City. The present indicates a low-scoring affair, as Muhlenberg (0.95) and Hopkins (1.06) are 1-2 in the Conference in goals against average. The past points to a high-scoring game, as the two teams have combined for 16 goals in their last two meetings against one another.

pictured: Lauren Rutt, Muhlenberg

Muhlenberg at Johns Hopkins (Women's Soccer)
Two perennial Centennial powerhouses meet in a critical Conference game Saturday at Homewood Field. The Mules (3-1-1, 6-3-3) need a win to keep pace with CC front-runners Ursinus and Swarthmore. The Blue Jays (5-1, 9-4-1) could move into first place in the CC with a victory and an Ursinus loss. Hopkins, ranked ninth in the region, holds a 10-6-1 series lead with three wins in the last four meetings. Muhlenberg has never won on the turf at Homewood in its six tries.

Franklin & Marshall at Swarthmore (Men's Soccer)
A classic "trap" game for the Diplomats (5-0, 13-0) as they travel down the Blue Route to face the Garnet (2-2-1, 7-2-3). Franklin & Marshall, one of the five remaining unbeaten teams in Division III, plays host to Johns Hopkins (4-1, 12-1) next Saturday. Swarthmore could catch ninth-ranked F&M looking ahead and since six of the last seven matches between the two teams have been 1-0 decisions, a break either way could make the difference. The Garnet leads the all-time series, 32-24-4, which began in 1926.

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