Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Down to the Wire
The choices are clear ... you can stay inside and watch a presidential infomercial ... you can wait for World Series game 5 1/2 to begin ... or you can take in a Centennial Conference game that has playoff implications. I guess you could always do all three with some planning.
There are four games that will impact the playoff field and seedings involving the four teams that are tied with 4-4 Conference records. Muhlenberg (4-4, 8-8) and McDaniel (4-4, 7-9) have the toughest opponents, taking on #3 Ursinus (8-0, 13-2) and #10 Johns Hopkins (7-1, 14-2), respectively. Washington (4-4, 9-5) travels to Bryn Mawr (0-9, 1-14) and Haverford (4-4, 8-8) takes on traditional rival Swarthmore (1-7, 5-11) in a pair of games that may favor the visitors.
Swarthmore at Muhlenberg (Men's Soccer)
The #17 ranked Garnet (6-1, 12-2-1) travel to the Lehigh Valley to take on the Mules (4-2-1, 11-3-1) in a match that could decide the site for next weekend's Conference tournament. Swat holds a 1-point advantage over Johns Hopkins in the quest for the top seed. A win against 'Berg and on Saturday against Haverford would give the Garnet home field. Of course the road is not an easy one in the Conference, as Swarthmore is 0-6 in its last six trips to Varsity Field. Muhlenberg holds a 28-23-2 advantage in the series that began in 1943.
Ursinus at Franklin & Marshall (Men's Soccer)
Simply put ... it's an elimination game in Lancaster. Realistically, the Bears (3-4, 7-9) and the Diplomats (2-2-3, 7-5-3), tied for sixth place in the CC, both need to victory and the three points that go along with it to keep their playoff hopes alive. The challenge for Ursinus - ending an 0-10-1 streak against the Diplomats that began following a 1-0 win in Lancaster in 1996. This is the 73rd meeting between the schools on the soccer pitch since 1933.
Muhlenberg at Ursinus (Women's Soccer)
A crucial match for both teams' tournament hopes will unfold on the windy, wet confines of Wilkes Field. The Bears (5-3, 6-7-1) are currently fourth in the Conference with 15 points, while the Mules (4-2-2, 9-4-3) are fifth at 14 points. Muhlenberg leads the all-time series, 10-4 and only once - in 2004 (a 3-2 UC win) - have both teams scored in the same match. The other 13 contests have ended in a shutout.
Gettysburg at Dickinson (Volleyball)
The five-team playoff field could be sewn up tonight at the Kline Center ... or the hopes of two other teams can remain alive. The Red Devils (5-3, 10-12) can wrap up a berth in the tourney with a win against the Bullets (7-1, 15-10). A Dickinson loss would keep Muhlenberg (4-4, 16-9) and McDaniel (4-4, 11-15) in the hunt for the final spot. Gettysburg is currently in a three-way tie for first place in the Conference and needs a victory to keep its hopes of securing the top seed and homecourt for next weekend's Centennial tournament.