Thursday, September 18, 2008

Five-Star Matchups

If you are new to the Centennial Conference, welcome to "Five-Star Matchups" - our look at the day's best games around the Conference.

#8 Johns Hopkins at #15 Gettysburg (Field Hockey)
The undefeated Blue Jays, fresh off a 1-0 triumph against #2 Salisbury, open Conference play at the Battlefield against the undefeated Bullets. This is the 19th time that the two teams have met with the series deadlocked at 9-9. The Bullets have won the last games at home since a 1-0 Blue Jay overtime win in 2000. Gettysburg's Savannah Ruth (16) and Lexie Hearn (15) are 2-3 in the Conference in scoring, while Hopkins' Emily Miller (13) and Leah Horton (11) are 5-7.

#11 Swarthmore at Johns Hopkins (Men's Soccer)
The Garnet (5-0-1) and the Blue Jays (5-2-1) meet in the Conference opener that will go a long way in determining playoff positions come November. It is the 55th time that the schools have met on the pitch with JHU holding a 26-23-5 advantage. Hopkins is 13-2-1 since the formation of the Conference and has not lost to Swarthmore at Homewood Field since Nov. 6, 1990 - a stretch of nine matches. JHU's Scott Bukoski leads the Conference in goals (7), while Swat's Zach Weimar tops the CC in goals against average (0.20) and save percentage (.923).

Swarthmore at Dickinson (Women's Soccer)
The Garnet (4-1) and the Red Devils (4-0-2) meet in an early-season showdown that doubles as the Conference opener for both teams. Swarthmore is fresh from a stunning 4-3 victory against top-ranked TCNJ, as Megan Colombo scored a pair of goals. Dickinson leads the all-time series, 15-6-3, including four straight wins in Carlisle. The Garnet's Elizabeth Mills is tied for second in the CC with five goals scored, while the Devils' Kailyn Hartmann is second in the Conference in goals against average (0.47).

Bryn Mawr at Gettysburg (Women's Soccer)
It's time to find out if the Owls (4-2) are for real, as they venture west to the Battlefield to take on the Bullets (1-1-2). Gettysburg is 15-0 all-time against Bryn Mawr and has surrendered just three goals in those matches. It's been the defense that has been the difference for the Owls, who have not allowed a goal in the four victories. GK Collette Pullion leads the CC in save percentage (.940).

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