Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Five-Star Matchups

Dickinson at Gettysburg (Men's Lacrosse)
The Route 34 rivalry takes on even greater importance this afternoon as the ninth-ranked Red Devils (3-0 CC, 9-1) look to strengthen their hold on first place in the CC against the Bullets (2-1, 6-4). It is the 50th meeting between the two schools that are separated by just 28 miles with Gettysburg holding a 43-6 all-time lead. Dickinson's last win in the series was at the Battlefield in 1975 (10-5) - a stretch of 36 games. It's a battle between the highest-scoring team in the CC - Dickinson (11.5) - and the stingiest defense - Gettysburg (6.75).

Ursinus at Franklin & Marshall (Women's Lacrosse)
Two of the three unbeatens in the Conference square off in Lancaster with a share of first place in the CC on the line. The four-time defending champion Diplomats (4-0, 10-1) are ranked seventh nationally, while the Bears (4-0, 6-4) are unbeaten in their first four Centennial games for the first time since 2002. F&M has won nine straight games vs. Ursinus but still trails in the all-time series, 26-13-1. The Bears' last win was a 13-7 triumph in the 2002 Centennial semifinals. Ironically, the two current head coaches - F&M's Lauren Paul '03 and Ursinus' Erin Stroble '02 - squared off in that 2002 game in the uniforms of their alma maters on their way to first-team All-Centennial honors that spring.

Johns Hopkins at Franklin & Marshall (Men's Tennis)
The 12th ranked Blue Jays (4-0, 9-3) bring their 42-match Centennial unbeaten streak to Lancaster to take on the Diplomats (2-0, 6-3). JHU has not lost a Conference match since a 5-2 defeat at Washington College on April 20, 2006. Hopkins has won six straight in the series that began in 1927 but F&M holds a 28-14 all-time advantage. The tone of the match could be set at #1 doubles, as Hopkins' Jacob Barnaby and Casey Blythe (9-0) meet F&M's William MacArthur and Ross Silverberg (5-1).

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