Friday, February 12, 2010

Five-Star Matchups

There are just two weekends remaining in the basketball regular season and playoff spots are at a premium. The wrestling dual-meet season comes to a close this weekend, while track and field teams attempt to improve their performances with 1-2 meets left before their championship. Swimming takes the weekend off in preparation for the 17th annual Centennial championships next weekend in Lancaster.

Gettysburg at Muhlenberg (Women's Basketball)
Two of the top teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region meet in Allentown with a share of first place in the Conference hanging in the balance. The 18th ranked Mules (14-2 CC, 17-3) downed the Bullets (15-2, 20-2), 60-59, on Alita Zabrecky's layup with 5.4 seconds left back on Jan. 14 for their fifth straight win in the series.

Washington at Dickinson (Women's Basketball)
It's an elimination game for the Shorewomen (7-9, 9-12) when they travel to Carlisle to take on the Red Devils (10-7, 14-7). Simply put, a Washington loss puts Dickinson in the Centennial tournament and, depending on the outcome of two Johns Hopkins games this weekend, could knock the Eastern Shore five out. Dickinson defeated Washington, 68-65, on Jan. 14 as Alesha Sisco scored 25 points and collected 10 rebounds. The Devils have won 13 straight in the series and have not lost at the Kline Center since 2002.

Gettysburg at Muhlenberg (Men's Basketball)
The first half of the doubleheader at Memorial Hall pits the third-place Bullets (9-6, 11-10) against the second-place Mules (10-5, 12-10) as both teams look to keep their first-round tournament bye hopes alive. Muhlenberg captured a 76-71 decision on Jan. 14 as Ryan Foster scored 23 points and Spencer Liddic added 22 and 13 rebounds. The Mules look for their first season sweep (two games) of the Bullets since the inception of the Centennial in 1993-94.

Haverford at Johns Hopkins (Men's Basketball)
Another elimination game takes place in Baltimore, as the Fords (7-8, 9-12) and the Blue Jays (5-8, 9-11) battle to hang on in the chase for the fifth and final playoff berth. Hopkins handled Haverford, 55-40, on Jan. 14 as Mike Henrici led the way with 16 points. The Fords have split their last four trips to Goldfarb Gym, including a 56-52 win in the Charm City last season.

McDaniel at Ursinus (Wrestling)
This match, postponed from last weekend, will determine who remains in the race for the dual-meet title and who is eliminated from the 2010 chase. The Bears (4-1, 9-1) and the Green Terror (4-1, 7-6) both suffered their only CC losses to Merchant Marine. Ursinus fell 26-17 while McDaniel lost 31-10. UC's Connor McNamara has a 26-3 mark at 197, while McDaniel's Brock Glotfelty is 33-4 at 285.

Susquehanna Invitational (Track and Field)
Four Centennial teams will make the trek north to Selinsgrove for the meet. This event, and next weekend's Keough Invitational at Haverford, are the largest gatherings of Conference teams prior to the CC championship on Feb. 27. One of the top races on the day could feature Ursinus' Al Desiderio (22.67) and F&M's Nils Michaelis (23.15) in the 200.

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