Spring Playoff Picture Sharpens

By The Elm - Apr 28,2016@3:02 pm


By Andrew Chirico
Sports Editor

The Shorewomen softball team currently sit in first place in the Centennial Conference with a 10-4 record in conference play. Sitting right under WC are Gettysburg College and McDaniel College, both holding a 9-5-conference record. After splitting a doubleheader with the Gettysburg Bullets, WC swept Swathmore College on the road.
WC has locked a bid for the Centennial Conference tournament, but this does not mean they can let loose to finish the season. McDaniel will come to visit on Saturday, WC’s Senior Day, for the final conference twin bill. The Shorewomen have a chance to host the Centennial Conference tournament for the first time in history. The tournament’s first round will begin on Friday, May 6.
There are two possible scenarios for this to happen. First, if WC can take both games versus McDaniel, no matter what else happens in the conference, they will host the tournament. The other option is if WC splits one of two and Haverford College and Gettysburg College split their doubleheader on Saturday. The game versus McDaniel will have a 1 p.m. first pitch, which can be heard live on GooseNationTV.com provided by the WC Athletics Communications department.
After starting the past week in ninth place in the Centennial Conference standings, the Shoremen had a remarkable week, posting a 6-0 record in all of their games. With the six wins, WC is now in fourth place in the standings, just behind Johns Hopkins, Haverford and Gettysburg. The Shoremen play four more conference games, which include two against Johns Hopkins during the week, and one final home doubleheader versus Dickinson.
After falling just short of the tournament last year, the Shoremen have an extra edge this go around. With only the top four teams eligible to make the tournament, WC will have to pick up a handful of wins this upcoming week to clinch a berth. The games can be heard on GooseNationTV.com
Women’s Lacrosse:
Head Coach Heidi Yetman’s team is sitting in fourth place in the conference with a 4-3 record. The team has two upcoming games this week, which will really clear up the playoff picture. There are four teams in the conference with a 4-3 record, the other three being Muhlenberg College, Dickinson College, and Haverford College. Wednesday’s games will have a huge impact on the playoff picture, as eight programs, including all four teams with the 4-3 record, are in action against each other.
Fortunately for WC, they faceoff with Swathmore on Wednesday and then host McDaniel on Friday at 6 p.m. Swathmore currently sits with a 1-6 conference record. Meanwhile McDaniel is a notch up with a 2-6 record. The playoff implications won’t be clear until the main slate of Wednesday;s game are over. The tournament’s first-round will be on Wednesday, May 4.

Centennial Conference

The Shorewomen have a pair of opportunities on Saturday to host the Centennial Conference tournament for the first time in history.

Men’s Lacrosse:
The Shoremen have faired in conference play with a 3-3 record. Their two upcoming games versus Swathmore on Wednesday and Gettysburg on Saturday will both need to be wins if they want a playoff berth. Luckily for WC, both of those games are home at Roy Kirby Junior Stadium.
The matchup with Swathmore will be an even one, as both teams have a 3-3 conference record. The showdown versus the Garnet will start at 7 p.m. If WC can get the win, then they will have to face a nationally-ranked team in the Gettysburg College Bullets. The Bullets are 6-0 in conference play. The regular season finale will have a 1 p.m. faceoff. The first-round of the tournament will be on Wednesday, May 4.
Women’s Tennis:
Not only did the Shorewomen tennis program qualify for a bid in the Centennial Conference, but they were awarded a first-round bye in tournament. WC is 8-1 in conference play, currently sitting in second place in the conference standing. They have one more match at McDaniel on Wednesday, and will play appear in the semi-finals of the CC tournament on Saturday, May 7.
Men’s Tennis:
The Shoremen tennis team is now 3-4 in CC contests, putting them at seventh place in the standings. If WC wants a chance to make the tournament, they will have to defeat two tough opponents in No. #22 Swathmore and No. #28 Johns Hopkins. The first match versus the Garnet will be on Saturday, following the season finale on Saturday when they will  travel to faceoff with the Blue Jays. The tournament will start on Wednesday, May 4.


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