Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Five-Star Matchups

It's always a special game when a pair of nationally-ranked undefeated teams square off with first place in the Conference on the line. Add to the mix a rivalry that goes back to 1957 and the fact that just 28 miles separate the campuses makes even more special. That game, and the matchup between the most surprising team in the Conference and a perennial powerhouse, means that you should go see a lacrosse game today.

Gettysburg at Dickinson (Men's Lacrosse)
The Bullets (2-0 CC, 8-0) and the Red Devils (1-0 CC, 8-0) meet for the 51st time in a series that has been dominated by the Orange and Blue. Gettysburg, ranked #1 in the country, has won 35 straight games from #8 Dickinson since a 10-5 triumph by the Red and White in 1975. The Red Devils have not defeated the Bullets in Carlisle since 1970 (7-5). Defense has been the name of the game for teams and could be the difference today. Gettysburg GK John LeClerc has a 5.87 goals-against average, while Dickinson's Tyler Magann (pictured) is at 6.20.

Ursinus at Washington (Men's Lacrosse)
The Bears (2-0, 6-0) are off to the best start in program history and look to keep the streak alive and make a splash on the national scene against the Shoremen (1-1, 3-3). Washington has won six of the previous seven meetings between the teams with Ursinus' lone triumph coming during the 2007 season in Collegeville (7-6). Each of the last three contests have been decided by no more than two goals.

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