Friday, April 30, 2010

Championship Weekend


It's the culmination of the spring season in the Centennial Conference with eight championships and six automatic berths to NCAA tournaments on the line this weekend. We'll be in Baltimore (baseball, m/w tennis), Collegeville (softball), Gettysburg (m/w lacrosse) and Swarthmore (m/w track and field) over the next three days and we hope to see you out at one of the venues. Here's what to watch for ...

Baseball
The #1 ranked team in Division III - Johns Hopkins - opens defense of its Centennial title against fourth-seeded Washington College this afternoon. The Shoremen are making their first CC playoff appearance and first conference tournament appearance, period, since 1984. The other game pits third-seeded Swarthmore at second-seeded Haverford in a contest that will raise their long-time rivalry to a new level. The losers meet Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in Baltimore for an elimination game, while the winners square off at 12:30. Game 5 is slated for a first pitch around 4 p.m. with action continuing Sunday at noon. You can listen to game 3-7 online with Conference-produced coverage from Hopkins. Championship Website

Men's Lacrosse
The #2 ranked team in Division III - Gettysburg - looks for its 14th Centennial title in 17 seasons this weekend. The Bullets play host to fourth-seeded McDaniel in today's first semifinal at 1:30, while #5 ranked Dickinson takes on third-seeded Haverford in the nightcap. The winners meet in Sunday's noon final. You can watch all three games in the tournament LIVE on your computer. Follow the championship website links.

Women's Lacrosse
The #5 ranked team in Division III - Gettysburg - looks for its unprecedented seventh Centennial title and first since 2006 this weekend. The Bullets take on fourth-seeded Haverford in Saturday's first semifinal at 1 p.m., while seventh-ranked Franklin & Marshall goes for its fourth straight CC championship this weekend and takes on Ursinus in the other semifinal. The winners meet in Sunday's final at 2 p.m. You can watch all three games in the tournament LIVE on your computer. Follow the championship website links.

Softball
Top-seeded Ursinus looks for an unprecedented sixth Centennial title when the Bears welcome Gettysburg, Swarthmore and Dickinson to Collegeville for the double-elimination tournament. The Bullets are looking for their fourth title, while the Garnet and Red Devils are trying to win their first Centennial championship. Action begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with the first of four games. Sunday's play begins at 10 a.m. as well. Championship Website

Men's Tennis
The 10th ranked team in Division III - Johns Hopkins - looks for its fourth consecutive Centennial title this weekend. The Blue Jays host fourth-seeded Washington College on Saturday at 3 p.m. Swarthmore plays host to Franklin & Marshall at 3 p.m. in the other semifinal. The winners will square off in Baltimore on Sunday at 3 p.m. for the championship. Championship Website

Women's Tennis
The 15th ranked team in Division III - Johns Hopkins - goes for its fourth Conference championship in a row this weekend. The Blue Jays take on fourth-seeded Haverford in the semifinals on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Baltimore, whle second-seeded Swarthmore entertains Dickinson at the same hour. The semifinal winners meet at Hopkins on Sunday at 11 a.m. for the Centennial championship. Championship Website