Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Five-Star Matchups

It's Ladies Day in the Conference as the field hockey and women's soccer teams take center stage with key games.

Washington at Swarthmore (Field Hockey)
This is a game that could have a major impact on which team will be in the hunt for one of the five playoff spots in the Conference tournament. The Shorewomen (2-1 CC, 4-4) are riding a two-game win streak, defeating F&M in strokes and knocking off Mary Washington, as Kelsey Kemp (5-3-13) notched the game-clinching goals in both games. The Garnet (1-1, 4-4) gave eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins all it wanted last Saturday before falling 2-1 in overtime. Gina Grubb is near the top of the CC goalkeepers in save percentage (81.2). Washington leads the series, 9-8, since 1993.

Franklin & Marshall at Gettysburg (Field Hockey)
It's another match that could determine playoff fates as the Diplomats (1-1, 5-2) and the Bullets (1-1, 6-2) meet in the 43rd renewal of their rivalry. F&M has a 20-19-3 all-time lead and has won three of the last five games at the Battlefield. Allison McLaren (4-1-9) and Eileen O'Reilly (3-3-9) lead the Diplomat offense, while GK Christina Anderson (82.5 save pct.) backstops a stubborn Bullet defense.

Dickinson at Johns Hopkins (Women's Soccer)
It's a matchup between two nationally-ranked foes as the #21 Red Devils (1-1, 7-1) travel to Baltimore to battle the #9 Blue Jays (2-0, 7-2) in a rematch of the 2008 Centennial final. That match was scoreless through 110 minutes and was decided by penalty kicks (JHU 4-2). Dickinson has a prolific offense, led by Hannah Richardson (9-2-20) and Kim Callaghan (5-1-11), while GK Kailyn Hartmann has impressive save (91.3) and GAA (0.26) numbers. Johns Hopkins, the four-time defending CC champs, have depended on its defense through a challenging pre-season schedule. Karen Guszkowski is one of the top keepers in the Conference with a 90.6 save percentage and a 0.59 goals-against average.

Muhlenberg at Haverford (Women's Soccer)
There are some good storylines today on the Main Line as the Mules (1-0, 4-3) visit the Fords (1-0, 6-0-2). First, this is a match between two of the three unbeaten teams in the Conference. Second, it is a rematch of the 200 Centennial first-round match won by the Mules, 2-1. Third, Haverford head coach Jamie Gluck is a graduate of Muhlenberg '03 and played on a pair of CC championship squads (2001-02). 'Berg has a balanced scoring attack, led by Lauren Petri (3-3-9). Ford GK Kayleigh Herrick-Reynolds has an 0.71 goals-against mark.

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