Monday, October 30, 2006
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The schedules for the three Centennial Conference playoffs for which Muhlenberg qualified have been established.
The Muhlenberg womens soccer and field hockey teams will host first-round playoff games, while the Mule mens soccer team will open the playoffs on the road at Gettysburg.
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.
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 leagues 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.
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