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Monday, November 10, 2003
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A weekly look at what's going on in the Centennial Conference:

Field Hockey

Fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins was the surprise winner of the CC playoffs. The Blue Jays (11-8), despite getting outshot 18-3 and outcornered 25-1, upset top seed and tournament host Ursinus, 1-0, then defeated Gettysburg, 4-3 in overtime, in the title game. Hopkins, which started the season 2-5, will open the NCAA Tournament by hosting Wesley on Wednesday. The winner of that game travels to New Jersey for a Saturday game ... Ursinus and McDaniel received ECAC bids and play each other in a first-round game on Wednesday.

Volleyball

Gettysburg extended its winning streak to 26 by knocking off Haverford in three games and Johns Hopkins in four in the CC playoffs. The Bullets (32-5) will travel to Juniata for an NCAA Tournament regional this weekend. Gettysburg plays Scranton (21-13) in the first round, with the winner to face Eastern (32-5) ... Johns Hopkins is the fifth seed in the ECAC Tournament, hosted by Moravian beginning on Friday. The Blue Jays play their first match against Carnegie Mellon.

Soccer

The Johns Hopkins men’s team is the top seed for the ECAC Tournament. The Blue Jays host eight-seeded DeSales on Wednesday. McDaniel also received a bid, as the seventh seed, and opens with Frostburg State ... The Hopkins women are also in the ECACs as the third seed. Their first match is against sixth-seeded Moravian.

NCAA Soccer Pairings Announced
Men to Host First-Round Game; Women to Host Regional

Varsity Field was good to the Muhlenberg soccer teams over the weekend, and the Mules hope the homefield advantage works to their benefit when they begin play in the NCAA Tournament this week.

The men will host a first-round game on Wednesday, while the women received a first-round bye NCAA soccer and were selected to host a regional this weekend.

Muhlenberg is one of nine schools with teams in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

The Mule men (17-4) will host Gordon College of Wenham, Mass., on Wednesday, at 5:00. The winner advances to a four-team regional at Drew this weekend to face Stevens Tech (18-1-2), whose only loss is to Muhlenberg. Drew awaits the winner of the first-round game between Virginia Wesleyan and Eastern.

Like Muhlenberg, Gordon (14-3-4) was undefeated in its conference. The Scots went 8-0-3 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and were the second seed for the CCC tournament, earning their first NCAA bid with a 1-0 win against top seed Roger Williams in the championship game. Gordon is undefeated in its last 12 matches and has one common opponent with Muhlenberg, having played Messiah to a 1-1 tie in its season opener. The Mules lost to the Falcons, 2-0.

Muhlenberg’s women, hosting a regional for the second time in three years, will open up against Eastern Connecticut State (10-6-2) on Saturday at 7:30. The other regional semifinal, at 5:00, features the only undefeated team in Division III, Scranton (20-0-1), playing the winner of Wednesday’s game between Frostburg State (15-4) and Westminster (16-6). Saturday’s winners play on Sunday at 5:00 for a trip to the national quarterfinals.

Eastern Connecticut is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance, and its first since 1989. The Warriors won the Little East Conference tournament, defeating top-seeded Keene State on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie in the championship game. ECSU has no common opponents with Muhlenberg (15-3-2).


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Last updated November 10, 2003