Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Five-Star Matchups

There is less than a week remaining in the spring regular season and a number of playoff spots are up for grabs. One of the Conference's top rivalries is renewed this evening in Gettysburg, as two of Division's III best women's lacrosse programs square off for the top seed and home field for next weekend's championship tournament.

Franklin & Marshall at Gettysburg (Women's Lacrosse)
It is the 47th meeting between the Diplomats (7-0 CC, 11-1) and the Bullets (7-0, 13-2) in a series that dates to 1975. F&M holds a 24-21-1 lead after recording seven straight victories. Gettysburg's last win was an 8-6 triumph at home in the 2006 CC title game. The Diplomats are ranked fourth in the country, while the Bullets are slotted at No. 7. It is the ninth consecutive time that the two teams have met while residing in the top 10. F&M looks to the one-two combo of Blake Hargest (35-30-65) and Meredith Lussier (39-16-55), while Gettysburg counters with Nina Emala (44-16-60) and Hollis Stahl (41-13-54). The senior goalkeepers could be the difference-makers, as the Diplomats' Lidia Sanza has a 6.22 goals-against average and the Bullets' Kristen Krammer has a 7.59 GAA.

McDaniel at Dickinson (Women's Lacrosse)
The Green Terror (3-4, 9-5) and the Red Devils (3-4, 6-5) meet in what could be an elimination game for the playoff hopes of the losing squad. Three spots remain in the five-team field with Ursinus (5-2) and Haverford (4-3) in front and Muhlenberg (3-4) still in the hunt. Dickinson has won four of the last five meetings, including a 19-11 triumph in the 2009 CC first round game. The Devils will have to find a way to slow down the Terror's Brittany Baer, who leads the CC with 50 goals.

Haverford at Swarthmore (Women's Tennis)
The Fords (7-1, 8-5) and the Garnet (7-1, 9-4) meet in a critical match as both teams hope to keep pace with Johns Hopkins for the top seed in next weekend's tournament. Swarthmore's Rachel Wallwork has won 23 straight CC singles matches and puts that streak on the line against Haverford's Katie Wettick at No. 1.

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