Wednesday's Games to Watch
Franklin & Marshall at Gettysburg (Men's Lacrosse,
It's a big game for both the Diplomats (8-4, 3-3 CC) and the Bullets (9-3, 5-0) anytime the two rivals meet on the field, but this game also takes on importance for the Conference playoff picture. Gettysburg has won eight of the last nine to take a 34-20 all-time lead in the series. F&M's last win at the Battlefield was in 2003 (15-12). The Bullets can secure the top seed for the Centennial tournament by winning out or taking two of three, including Dickinson on April 28. The Diplomats are in a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff spot with teams they have lost to during the regular season - McDaniel and Haverford. So any postseason hope that F&M has rests with wins against the Bullets and the Red Devils (Saturday). Bullet freshman Robby Maddux is the reigning Conference Offensive Player of the Week after scoring nine goals in two games last week. Diplomat senior Colin McKew is the only player in the CC with 20 or more assists (28).
Haverford at Swarthmore (Women's Tennis,
Throw out the records when the Fords (10-7, 6-2) and the Garnet (7-4, 6-1) meet in any sport ... but keep an eye on them today when the net squads meet. Swarthmore needs a victory to keep its hopes of obtaining the top seed for the CC tournament alive, while Haverford needs a win in its quest for a first-round bye for next weekend's playoffs. The #1 singles match between the Garnet's Lia Carlson (14-3) and the Fords' Alex Ferrara (12-5) could prove pivotal.
Franklin & Marshall at Gettysburg (Women's Lacrosse,
The top two teams in the Conference square off at Clark Field for the right to host the Conference Final Four next weekend. The Bullets (12-1, 7-0) are ranked fourth nationally, while the Diplomats (12-2, 7-0) are ranked seventh. The most-played series in the Centennial (50 games started in 1975), F&M holds a 27-22-1 lead in the series with wins in 10 of the last 11 meetings. Gettysburg's only triumph in that stretch was an 8-7 win at home in 2010. These two teams have won every Centennial title since 2002 and won three of the last five national championships. Bullet senior Hannah Church leads the team with 49 goals and 58 points. F&M 'keeper Kelsey Hoffman is second in the CC with an 8.34 goals-against average.
Haverford at Ursinus (Women's Lacrosse,
Two of the five teams battling for the final three Conference playoff spots meet under the lights at Patterson Field. The Bears (8-6, 4-3) currently sit in fourth place, a half-game ahead of Swarthmore and a full game in front of the Fords (5-9, 3-4) and Dickinson. Ursinus has had the better of the series, winning 17 of 18 games since 1994. Haverford's lone win was an 18-16 triumph on the Main Line in 2009. Senior Alyssa Thren leads the Bears in goals (43) and points (49), while senior Josie Ferri does the same for the Fords with 25 goals and 36 points.