Friday, September 24, 2010
Welcome back to another season of Five-Star Matchups. For our newcomers ... Five-Star Matchups is our look at the day's key games. These games could have importance on the Conference and/or national level and deserve your attention. As we close out the summer, it's time for Centennial play to begin in most sports and Saturday features some early-season showdowns.
Franklin & Marshall at Washington (Field Hockey)
The Diplomats (1-0 CC, 5-1) and the Shorewomen (1-0, 3-3) meet for the 18th time since 1993 with Washington holding a two-game winning streak and a 10-7 all-time lead in the series. F&M, ranked 17th nationally in the most recent poll, is led by Eileen O'Reilly who has 6-4-16 through six games. Washington GK Shannon Davis is third in the CC with a 1.27 goals-against average. The last time both F&M and Washington made the playoffs in the same season - 2004.
Dickinson at Swarthmore (Men's Soccer)
This is the 22nd time that the Red Devils (1-0, 5-1-1) and Garnet (1-0, 7-0) have met on the pitch since 1993 with Dickinson holding a 13-5-3 advantage. However, the Devils are 0-3-2 in their last six trips to Clothier Field and the two draws ended as postseason defeats in penalties. Swarthmore is ranked fourth in the country by D3soccer.com and fifth by the NSCAA. It is the highest ranking for a Centennial team since Johns Hopkins was second in 2004. The Garnet is also first in the Mid-Atlantic region for the first time in program history. Morgan Langley leads the nation in total assists (7) and assists per game (1.17). Dickinson suffered its first defeat in seven matches with an overtime defeat at #10 Messiah on Wednesday. Javier Mena leads the Devils with five goals.
Gettysburg at Haverford (Women's Soccer)
The Bullets (1-0, 5-2) and the Fords (1-0, 4-2) do battle for the 19th time since 1993 with Gettysburg holding an 11-7 all-time series lead. Haverford has won two straight and three of the last four meetings. Gettysburg's Rachel West leads the Conference with 12 points on four goals and four assists. The stingy Ford defense has surrendered only four goals this season in front of GK Kayleigh Herrick-Reynolds.