Friday, October 23, 2009

Five-Star Matchups


This is the next-to-last weekend of the regular season for field hockey, soccer and volleyball, while cross country prepares for next Saturday's Conference championship meet at Gettysburg. Games with playoff implications abound ... enjoy your Saturday ... and stay dry!

Dickinson at Haverford (Field Hockey)
McDaniel at Washington (Field Hockey)
It's a pair of contests that could be termed "elimination games." The Red Devils (3-4 CC, 5-9) and the Shorewomen (3-4, 6-8) might find themselves on the outside looking in come playoff time with a defeat. The Fords (4-3, 6-8) and the Green Terror (4-3, 6-8) realistically need two wins in their final three games to secure a spot in the five-team playoff field. Dickinson has won nine in a row vs. Haverford since a 1-0 win by the Fords in 1999. Washington has taken two straight from the Green Terror but trails in the all-time series, 9-7.

Johns Hopkins at Franklin & Marshall (Men's Soccer)
The Blue Jays (5-1, 12-2-1) travel to Lancaster to take on the Diplomats (4-2, 8-5-1) in a match that both teams need to solidify their playoff spots. Hopkins is in a three-way tie for first place and needs a victory to keep its top-seed and homefield advantage hopes alive. F&M is tied for fourth place and just a game in front of two teams for the final playoff slots. Three of the last four games between the teams have gone to OT, including last season's scoreless draw.

Dickinson at Haverford (Women's Soccer)
Swarthmore at Gettysburg (Women's Soccer)
There are six teams in the Conference with two or fewer Centennial losses and four of them square off Saturday. Only five make the tournament ... so this is a key weekend. The Red Devils (5-2, 12-2) and the Fords (5-2, 10-2-2) are tied for third place in the CC with the Garnet (5-2, 11-3). The Bullets (4-2-1, 9-4-1) are two points behind that trio in sixth position. This is the 25th meeting between Dickinson and Haverford and all but one match this decade has been decided by a goal or less. Swarthmore has not won at the Battlefield since 2002.

Swarthmore at Gettysburg (Volleyball)
It's time for the high-flying Garnet (6-1, 18-6) to measure itself against one of the perennial Centennial powers. Swarthmore has more wins than any season since the Centennial was formed in 1992, but has never beaten the 11-time CC champion Bullets (5-2, 16-7) in 27 tries. In fact, Swat has only won one set from Gettysburg since 1993. A win secures a playoff spot for the Garnet.

For key football matchups ... see The Friday Tailgate.

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