Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday's Top Games

Gettysburg at Franklin & Marshall (Women's Lacrosse)
The Bullets (8-0 CC, 13-1) and the Diplomats (8-0, 14-1) meet for the regular-season crown, along with the top seed and homefield advantage for this weekend's Conference tournament. On top of all that ... this is a rivalry game in a series that began in 1975. What makes a great rivalry? Proximity (60 miles from campus-to-campus). Tradition (Gettysburg and F&M have combined to win the last six Centennial championships). Respect (the teams have met in the CC final in each of the last six years and have been ranked in the final national top 10 in each of the last four seasons). F&M holds a 23-21-1 series advantage, including five straight wins. Gettysburg has not defeated the Diplomats in Lancaster since 2005.

Who to watch for today? Gettysburg features a potent 1-2 combo in Nina Emala (36-31-67) and Hollis Stahl (48-6-54), while F&M counters with Shannon Summers (32-51-83) and Jen Pritchard (46-9-55). But the game may be decided between the pipes with the Bullets' Kristen Krammer (7.33 GAA) and the Dips' Lidia Sanza (6.39 GAA).

Swarthmore at Haverford (Men's Tennis)
Speaking of rivalries ... this one reached new heights last season as the Fords defeated the Garnet for the first time ever. Game On! Haverford (7-0, 12-2) is tied for first place in the Conference with Johns Hopkins, while Swarthmore (6-1, 8-6) is a game behind both. The Fords' Tom Kinrade has won eight straight matches and has a 10-1 mark at No. 2 singles. He joins Alex Buxbaum at the top of the doubles ladder and the dup has a 9-3 mark. Swarthmore's Zak Kelm continues to impress at #3 singles with a nine consecutive wins and a 13-5 overall record. Kelm and Kevin Shaughnessy will take on the Haverford #1 doubles team.

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