Friday, October 17, 2008

Five-Star Matchups

Gettysburg at Washington (Field Hockey)
The Bullets (3-2, 8-5) and the Shorewomen (4-2, 9-3) meet in a crucial match for the playoff hopes of both teams. It is the 17th time that the two schools have played with Gettysburg winning the last four to take a 12-4 all-time series lead. In a game of comparing scores ... both teams have lost to Ursinus by 4-0 counts and to Hopkins by 3-1 (Washington) and 3-2 (Gettysburg) decisions.

Swarthmore at Franklin & Marshall (Men's Soccer)
The Garnet (4-1, 9-2-1) and the Diplomats (2-1-2, 7-4-2) meet in a critical game for both teams' playoff positions. It is the 62nd meeting between the two long-time foes in a series that began in 1926. Swarthmore holds a 33-24-4 advantage and captured a 1-0 decision last season at Clothier Field. The Garnet has also taken the last two matches in Lancaster. The first goal may be the difference, as the last five matches have all been decided by 1-0 counts.

Johns Hopkins at Muhlenberg (Women's Soccer)
The eighth-ranked Blue Jays (6-0, 10-0-3) put their unbeaten record on the line in Allentown against the Mules (3-1-1, 8-3-2). Hopkins holds an 11-6-1 all-time series lead with wins in the last five matches. Muhlenberg has won four of the last five games at Varsity Field, but the Jays captured a 1-0 decision in the last meeting in 2005.

Franklin & Marshall at Haverford (Volleyball)
The Diplomats (3-2, 8-12) and the Fords (5-1, 17-5) meet in a match that has playoff implications for both teams ... and will serve as a "warm-up" for both teams' matches later in the afternoon against #1 Juniata. F&M leads the all-time series with Haverford, 18-6, and has not lost on the Main Line since 2001.

Gettysburg Invitational (Cross Country)
The site of the 2008 Centennial Conference championship, Haverford (women), Johns Hopkins, McDaniel, Ursinus and the host Bullets will give the Battlefield course a look at the annual meet. On the women's side, the 14th ranked Blue Jays appear to be the CC team to beat. Keep an eye on the individual race between JHU's Laura Paulsen and Ursinus' Christa Johnson, winner of her last six events.

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