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PLAYOFF SCHEDULES SET

The schedules for the three Centennial Conference playoffs for which Muhlenberg qualified have been established.

The Muhlenberg women’s soccer and field hockey teams will host first-round playoff games, while the Mule men’s soccer team will open the playoffs on the road at Gettysburg.

WOMEN’S SOCCER
Two days after defeating Ursinus to clinch a home playoff game, Muhlenberg will face the Bears again on Tuesday, October 31, at 7:00. The winner faces top-seeded Johns Hopkins, the 11th-ranked team in Division
Women’s Soccer Schedule
Tuesday, October 31
(5) Ursinus (8-6-1, 5-4-1) at (4) Muhlenberg (12-5, 7-3), 7:00

Friday, November 3 (at Johns Hopkins)
Ursinus or Muhlenberg vs. (1) Johns Hopkins (15-2, 10-0), 5:00
(3) Swarthmore (13-3-1, 7-3) vs. (2) Gettysburg (12-5-1, 8-2), 7:30

Sunday, November 5 (at Johns Hopkins)
championship game, 1:00

III, in a semifinal match on Friday.

Muhlenberg (12-5, 7-3) has won three CC championships since 2000, the most recent in 2003. Ursinus (8-6-1, 5-4-1) is in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row and has lost in the semifinals the last two years.

The rematch echoes the 2004 season, when the Mules lost at Ursinus 3-2 in the last game of the regular season, then suffered a 1-0 loss to the Bears in the first round of the CC playoffs. Muhlenberg leads the all-time series, 9-3, with all of Ursinus’ wins coming in 2004 and 2005.

The Mules enter the tournament with an eight-game winning streak in which they have outscored their opponents, 19-4.

FIELD HOCKEY
Muhlenberg will host Gettysburg on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:00. The Mules (11-6, 6-4) tied the Bullets (10-7, 6-4) for fourth place in the CC and earned the fourth seed on the basis of their 3-1 head-to-head win
Field Hockey Schedule
Wednesday, November 1
(5) Gettysburg (10-7, 6-4) at (4) Muhlenberg (11-6, 6-4), 7:00

Saturday, November 4 (at Ursinus)
Gettysburg or Muhlenberg vs. (1) Ursinus (15-3, 10-0), 11:30
(3) McDaniel (10-8, 7-3) vs. (2) Johns Hopkins (12-6, 8-2), 2:00

Sunday, November 5 (at Ursinus)
championship game, 1:00

on October 11. The winner faces top-seeded Ursinus, the eighth-ranked team in Division III, in a semifinal match on Saturday.

Muhlenberg is making its first CC playoff appearance since 2000, when it lost to Johns Hopkins in the first round, and is hosting its first postseason game since the 1998 ECAC Tournament. Gettysburg is in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. The Bullets reached the championship game in both 2003 and 2005 and have won five titles since the league’s inception in 1993.

Gettysburg leads the all-time series, 12-4, but the Mules have won three of the last four games played in Allentown. Muhlenberg has tied a school record for home wins with an 8-3 mark at Scotty Wood Stadium this year.

The Mules enter the tournament with a three-game winning streak. The Bullets, who were ranked 18th in Division III earlier this season, have dropped four of their last six, although they closed out the regular season with a 7-0 win at Dickinson.

MEN’S SOCCER
Muhlenberg will begin defending its CC championship with a rematch of the 2005 title game when it travels to Gettysburg for a first-round game on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:00. The winner
Men’s Soccer Schedule
Wednesday, November 1
(5) Muhlenberg (8-4-3, 4-3-2) at (4) Gettysburg (10-5-2, 5-3-1), 7:00

Saturday, November 4 (at Johns Hopkins)
Muhlenberg or Gettysburg vs. (1) Johns Hopkins (16-1-1, 8-0-1), 5:00
(3) Swarthmore (12-4-1, 6-3) vs. (2) Franklin & Marshall (12-2-3, 6-1-2), 7:30

Sunday, November 5 (at Johns Hopkins)
championship game, 4:00

faces top-seeded Johns Hopkins, the 11th-ranked team in Division III, in a semifinal match on Saturday.

Muhlenberg (8-4-3, 4-3-2) and Gettysburg (10-5-2, 5-3-1) are two of the only three teams (along with Johns Hopkins) to have won the CC championship. The Mules have five titles, including two of the last three, and the Bullets won the last of their three crowns in 2001. Johns Hopkins has won the CC championship every even-numbered year since 1996.

This is the third time in four seasons that the teams are meeting in the CC playoffs. Last year, Gettysburg won in double overtime in the regular season, but the Mules came back to defeat the Bullets, 2-0, in the CC championship game. Muhlenberg won a 2003 first-round game, 3-0, and leads the all-time series, 29-18-5.

The Mules enter the tournament with a four-game unbeaten streak. The Bullets’ lone loss in their last five games was to Muhlenberg, and they have allowed only one goal in their last 518 minutes.


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Last updated October 30, 2006