Friday, April 18, 2008

Super Saturday

It will be a Super Saturday in the Conference with terrific weather and terrific games with playoff implications.

Franklin & Marshall at Johns Hopkins (Baseball)
It's probably the best rivalry in the Conference as the Diplomats (12-2 CC, 17-10) and the Blue Jays (13-1, 25-4) meet in a doubleheader that should decide the top seed for the Conference championship tournament in two weeks. Hopkins leads the all-time series, 44-29-1, and ended F&M's season at the CC tournament last spring. The Diplomats have just one win against JHU in Baltimore (2006) since 1996. Hopkins and F&M are 1-2 in the Conference in hitting (396-333), pitching (3.98-4.99) and fielding (964-955).

Franklin & Marshall at Washington (Men's Lacrosse)
The Diplomats (3-3, 7-4) travel to the Eastern Shore looking to keep their slender playoff hopes alive against the Shoremen (6-1, 11-1). Washington has won 13 straight and 36 of 37 overall in the series. F&M has never won in Chestertown. The Shoremen's Chris Read leads the Conference in scoring (38-21-59).

Franklin & Marshall at Gettysburg (Women's Lacrosse)
Two of the top teams in Division III meet at Clark Field with the regular-season title and the top seed for next week's tournament on the line. The Diplomats (8-0, 13-1) are ranked third nationally, while the Bullets (8-0, 15-1) are ranked fourth. F&M defeated Gettysburg three times last season on its way to a national championship to tie the all-time series at 21-21-1. Two of the nation's top players will be on display in F&M's Sarah Meisenberg (28-21-49) and Gettysburg's Katie Ceglarski (40-38-78).

Johns Hopkins at Swarthmore (Men's Tennis)
A traditional power plays host to a rising power along Crum Creek Sunday as the Garnet (5-1, 5-8) takes on the Blue Jays (7-0, 11-5). Hopkins, the defending Centennial champion, has locked up a playoff spot and looks to secure the top seed for next week's championship tournament with a victory. Swarthmore can qualify for the Centennial tournament in its first year of eligibility with a win.

Washington at Muhlenberg (Women's Tennis)
The Shoremen (5-2, 10-4) take to the road to Allentown to battle the Mules (7-2, 9-4) in a match that both teams need to secure playoff positions. Muhlenberg locks up the No. 3 spot with a victory.

Haverford at Dickinson (Women's Tennis)
The Red Devils (5-3, 10-6) welcome the Fords (5-4, 7-7) to Carlisle in a match that Dickinson needs to keep its playoff hopes alive. The #1 singles match between Haverford's Katharine Wettick (9-4) and Dickinson's Anne McGillicuddy (8-6 could be a difference maker.

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