Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Big Game Wednesday

The first Wednesday of the fall has a number of important Centennial and non-Conference contests on the slate.

Gettysburg at #18 Haverford (Volleyball)
The teams that have combined to win the last seven Conference championships get together at Gooding Arena for a match that will have playoff implications come November. The Fords (12-2) are ranked 18th in the country with their only losses coming at the hands of #2 Emory and #17 Southwestern. The Bullets (7-6) will have to stop the potent 1-2 combination of Rebecca and Rachel Salvo, who are ranked 3-5, respectively, in the CC in hitting percentage. Gettysburg has won 18 of 20 matches against Haverford, including all six since 1993 on the Main Line.

Johns Hopkins at Muhlenberg (Volleyball)
The Blue Jays (12-4) make the long trip north to the Lehigh Valley to take on the Mules (11-4) in an early-season showdown. The Blue Jays lead the series, 11-4, since the formation of the Conference and have won five straight matches. The Mules' last victory came in the 2001 CC semifinals at Memorial Hall. Four of the Centennial's top hitters will be on display in JHU's Adrienne Young (.305 hitting %) and Alex Zenoff (.275) and 'Berg's Jackie Price (.237) and Phylicia Lee (.230).

#8 Lebanon Valley at #14 Gettysburg (Field Hockey)
The #14 Bullets (5-1) get their chance to take down another ranked opponent as the eighth-ranked Flying Dutchwomen come to the Battlefield. Gettysburg has not defeated a top-10 program dating to 1998 (0-21) but has a win over #13 Christopher Newport and a tight one-goal loss to #4 Johns Hopkins this season. Lexie Hearn and Savannah Ruth are tied for fourth in the CC in goals with seven.

#23 Dickinson at #2 Messiah (Men's Soccer)
The Red Devils (6-1) cracked the top 25 for the first time this season, following a 3-1 win versus Washington. Now, the test becomes more difficult as No. 2 ranked Messiah welcomes Dickinson for a Cumberland County clash. The Red and White is 3-1 in its last four matches against top-25 teams. Junior forward Zach Pritchard is the reigning CC Offensive Player of the Week and is second in the Conference with nine points (3-3-9).

#1 Messiah at Gettysburg (Women's Soccer)
The Bullets get their shot at No. 1, as the top-ranked Falcons come calling to the Battlefield. This is Gettysburg's third match against a #1 opponent since 2005 and both times ended in a 1-0 Messiah victory. GK Danielle St. Pierre has an 0.80 goals against average.

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