Friday, March 28, 2008

#1 vs. #2 Highlights Weekend Action

I don't recall a spring weekend in the 15-year history of the Conference where we had two games featuring the top two teams in the country ... but here we go. In women's lacrosse, it's a rematch of the 2007 national title game as defending champion and top-ranked Franklin & Marshall travels to the Eastern Shore to take on #2 Salisbury. In men's lacrosse, the top-ranked Sea Gulls come north to the Battlefield to take on #2 Gettysburg.

Franklin & Marshall at Salisbury (Women's Lacrosse)
What a matchup! The Diplomats (3-0 CC, 7-0) have a 28-match winning streak, including a pair of wins against the Sea Gulls (12-0), winners of 33 of their last 35 games. F&M captured the NCAA Division III title with an 11-8 win against Salisbury last season. Five Diplomats have scored 15 or more goals through seven games, led by Jen Pritchard's 21.

Salisbury at Gettysburg (Men's Lacrosse)
It's one of the premier matchups in the South Region each season and this year is no different, as the top-ranked Sea Gulls (10-0) take on the second-ranked Bullets (8-0). Salisbury has a 33-game win streak and has won 72 straight regular-season games since the 2003 campaign. Only three men's lacrosse coaches in NCAA history (all divisions) have won 300 games and two of them - Gettysburg's Hank Janczyk and Salisbury's Jim Berkman - are the only two active coaches to reach that milestone. You can watch the action on a pay-per-view basis.

Washington at Haverford (Men's Lacrosse)
It may not be #1 vs. #2 ... but the other big game around the country Saturday features the #5 Shoremen (3-0, 8-0) and the #8 Black Squirrels (1-1, 6-1). Washington has never lost to Haverford in 17 previous games, but last season's match went four overtimes before the Sho'men pulled out a 9-8 win in Chestertown. The two teams are ranked 1-2 in goals per game in the CC with the Fords averaging 13.75 per game and Washington a shade behind at 13.50.

Washington at Swarthmore (Women's Tennis)
It could be a playoff preview along Crum Creek as the Shorewomen (2-0, 7-1) visit the Garnet (3-1, 3-2). Washington has lost six straight to Swarthmore since a 6-3 triumph in 2002. The Garnet is looking to rebound from a 9-0 loss to Johns Hopkins earlier in the week. Keep an eye on the #1 singles match between Washington's Allison Daciek and Swat's Jennie Park.

McDaniel Invitational (Men's Golf)
This is definitely a championship preview as Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Muhlenberg and Swarthmore will participate in the McDaniel Spring Invitational at The Bridges Golf Club - site of the 2008 Centennial championship tournament.

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