Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Chance to Lock In

It's a chance to improve playoff positions today, as we're down to the final four days of the women's lacrosse regular season with five teams competing for the final three spots. While over on the men's side, seven of the nine teams have 3-4 CC losses, making this extremely competitive Conference playoff situation impossible to sort out.

Dickinson at McDaniel (Women's Lacrosse)
The Red Devils and the Green Terror put matching 8-6 overall and 4-3 Conference records on the line in a game that could decide the host in next Wednesday's first-round playoff game. McDaniel leads the all-time series, 25-8-1, but Dickinson has won two of the last three, including a 21-12 decision last year. How balanced are these two teams? Both teams average 12.71 goals per game. Dickinson has won 15.64 draws per game, while McDaniel has taken 14.50. The Devils have caused 8.07 turnovers per game ... the Terror 8.00. McDaniel's Brittany Baer leads the CC with 67 goals, while Dickinson's Amy Jennings is second in assists (38).

Muhlenberg at Ursinus (Women's Lacrosse)
The Mules (5-2 CC, 9-2) travel to Collegeville, looking to duplicate last season's first-ever win against the Bears 3-4, 4-10). A 'Berg victory secures a first-round bye for next week's tournament and probably eliminates UC. Amanda McGovern (37) and Danielle Rosen (31) have combined for 68 goals for the Mules, while Ursinus' Alyssa Thren leads all CC rookies with 33 tallies.

McDaniel at Franklin & Marshall (Men's Lacrosse)
The Green Terror (2-3, 8-4) and the Diplomats (1-4, 3-7) square off under the lights tonight in a game that probably eliminates the loser from playoff consideration. McDaniel is looking for its first win in Lancaster since 2003, while F&M is in search of its third straight win against its Maryland counterparts. The Terror's Gibbs Preston (27) and Mike Hatton (22) have combined for 49 goals on the year. Diplomat rookie Colin McKew is second among CC feeders with 17 assists.

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