Friday, April 24, 2009

Championship Weekend - The April Edition

It's time to raise the curtain on spring championship season with visits to Abbottstown, New Tripoli, and Lancaster, Pa., for the men's golf, women's golf and women's lacrosse tournaments. Follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-moment results from all three events. Here is a preview of what you'll see this weekend.

Men's Golf
The 2009 Centennial Conference championship will be hosted by Gettysburg College at The Bridges Golf Club in Abbottstown, Pa. on April 24-26. McDaniel is the defending champion and is looking for its fourth title in the last five years. The championship chase could be extremely tight over the 54-hole event. Franklin & Marshall has the lowest team stroke average at 309.9, with McDaniel (314.1), Dickinson (314.9) and Muhlenberg (315.1) all within one shot. The Diplomats have three of the five lowest individual stroke averages, led by junior Andrew Woods (Simsbury, CT / Simsbury) at 75.5. Dickinson soph Joey Goldstein (Potomac, MD / Winston Churchill) is second at 75.9.

Women's Golf
The 2009 Centennial Conference championship will be hosted by Muhlenberg College at the Olde Homestead Golf Club in New Tripoli, Pa. on Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26. Gettysburg is the defending champion, defeating McDaniel by the smallest margin in Conference championship history (10 shots). The Bullets and McDaniel appear to be the top contenders for the title. Gettysburg has the Conference's lowest team stroke average (368.2), while the Green Terror is less than two strokes back (370.0). The two teams have gone head-to-head twice this season with each squad winning once. Franklin & Marshall's Grace Gallagher (Scotts Valley, CA / Archbishop Mitty) has the third-best individual average (90.0) and has placed in the top five in seven of her eight events this season. Gallagher and three others – Gettysburg's Leah Tuscano (Aurora, IL / Waubonsie Valley), and McDaniel's Jennie Weiner (Stony Brook, NY / Ward Melville) and Nicole Christy (Towson, MD) – earned first-team All-Centennial honors last season by finishing in the top five at the tournament. McDaniel's Elyse Massa (Wescosville, PA / Emmaus) is the lone golfer with a sub-90 average (89.8).

Women's Lacrosse
One of the premier Division III tournaments in the country began on Wednesday as Dickinson upended McDaniel, 19-11, in the first round to advance to the final four in Lancaster. Waiting for the Red Devils (11-6) is top-seeded and second-ranked Franklin & Marshall (15-1), while fourth-ranked Gettysburg (13-2) squares off with Muhlenberg (10-3) in the nightcap. The two-time defending champion Diplomats and the Bullets have met in the final in each of the last six years. Dickinson and Muhlenberg look to advance to their first-ever final. Eight first-team All-Centennial players will be on display this weekend, headlined by Conference Player of the Year Hollis Stahl from Gettysburg.

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