Friday, April 09, 2010

Five-Star Matchups

Franklin & Marshall at Johns Hopkins (Baseball)
The Diplomats (6-3 CC, 11-10-1) and the Blue Jays (8-0, 21-3) have one of the most spirited diamond rivalries in the Conference. The two teams have combined to win every Centennial championship since 2001 - Hopkins capturing crowns in 2001-04 and 2007-09 and F&M taking the title in 2005-06. Last season, the clubs' anticipated showdown for the crown in the CC tournament was rained out, giving the Jays the trophy. Although the pitching matchups have not been announced, look for the Diplomats to throw Nick Markel (2-0, 4.37) and Mike Duranti (2-2, 4.10), while Hopkins counters with Sam Eagleson (6-0, 1.97) and Greg Harbeck (3-0, 2.48).

Ursinus at Gettysburg (Men's Lacrosse)
The Bears (3-2, 8-2) continue their nine-day stretch through the heart of the Conference when they travel to the Battlefield to take on the #2 ranked Bullets (5-0, 11-1). Ursinus is coming off a disappointing OT loss to Haverford, squandering a three-goal lead in the final minutes. Gettysburg has won all seven previous meetings with UC. Two of the top middies in the Centennial square off in the Bullets' Kyle McGrath (24-12-36) and the Bears' Eric Farris (19-6-25).

Dickinson at Franklin & Marshall (Women's Lacrosse)
The Red Devils (3-1, 6-2) look to break a 32-game losing streak to the Diplomats (4-0, 8-1) in this rematch of the 2009 Conference semifinals. Dickinson's lone win in the series came in game #1 in 1976, taking a 10-5 decision in Carlisle. F&M's Blake Hargest became the fifth player in Centennial history to amass 300 career points last week and has 30-27-57 on the season. Dickinson GK Jessie Clark has a 53.7 save percentage and an 8.86 goals-against mark.

Gettysburg at Haverford (Women's Lacrosse)
The seventh-ranked Bullets (4-0, 10-2) look to remain perfect in the Conference when they travel to the Main Line to take on the Fords (3-1, 10-1). Gettysburg leads the series, 15-2, and has won each of the last five contests by 10 or more goals. Haverford's last win over the Bullets was at home in 1994 (13-7). A pair of talented tandems take the turf at Swan Field Saturday in the Bullets' Nina Emala (35-13-48) and Hollis Stahl (33-10-43), while the Fords counter with Josie Ferri (35-16-51) and Jen Schmidt (26-1-27).

Dickinson at Ursinus (Softball)
It is a showdown between the top two teams in the Conference when the Red Devils (11-12, 4-2) visit Collegeville to take on the Bears (6-0, 16-2) in a twinbill. Keep an eye on the pitching matchup between Dickinson's Allison Jordan (5-2, 1.91) and Ursinus' Lauren Davis-Macedonia (13-1, 0.24). How will a pair of .400 hitters - Alesha Sisco of the Devils (.441) and Allison Pfrommer of the Bears (.423) - fare against the fire-balling pair?

Franklin & Marshall at Johns Hopkins (Men's Tennis)
It's one of the biggest matches that the Diplomats (4-0, 7-3) have played in some time when they visit Baltimore to take on the eighth-ranked Blue Jays (4-0, 10-4). F&M ended a 22-match losing streak to perennial CC power Washington last weekend and now looks to make more noise. Hopkins has won 33 consecutive Centennial matches.

Haverford at Gettysburg (Women's Tennis)
The Fords (3-1, 4-4) and the Bullets (3-2, 9-3) meet in a crucial Conference match that could have playoff implications. Six CC teams have two or fewer losses and only four of those will make the Centennial tournament. The #1 singles match could set the tone between Haverford's Katie Wettick (5-3) and Gettysburg's Katie Taylor (7-4).

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