Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Five-Star Matchups

Here are today's top games from around the Centennial Conference.

Swarthmore at Washington (Men's Lacrosse)
It's time for the most surprising team in the Centennial to wade into the water against the traditional powers in the Conference. The Garnet (3-2 CC, 4-4) makes the trip to the Eastern Shore to take on the #19 Shoremen (3-2, 8-3) in a game that will tell a lot about both squads. Washington has dominated the series, winning the last 35 contests for a 39-5 all-time advantage. Swarthmore's last win was a 14-7 triumph in 1953. The Shoremen lead the Conference in shots on goal per game (22.36) while the Garnet 'keeper Kevin Friedenberg tops the Centennial in save percentage (66.2).

Franklin & Marshall at Muhlenberg (Women's Lacrosse)
Now it's time to bring out the measuring stick on the women's side as well, as the surprising Mules (4-1, 8-1) play host to the fourth-ranked Diplomats (5-0, 10-1). F&M has won all 25 previous meetings, including the last nine by at least nine goals per game. The Dips (15.73) and the Mules (15.67) are the two highest-scoring teams in the Conference. Muhlenberg tops the CC in shooting percentage (55.7), while F&M is third (48.1).

Washington at Swarthmore (Women's Tennis)
The Shorewomen (4-1, 12-2) come a-callin' to Crum Creek to take on the Garnet (2-1, 3-5) in a match that could go a long way to determining the playoff fates for both teams. The match could be decided at the top of the singles ladder. At #1, Washington's Brittany Marshall (14-2) squares off with Swarthmore's Rachel Wallwork (7-4), while at #2, the Shorewomen's Jordan Finnegan (11-4) tangles with the Garnet's Jennie Park (5-3).

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