WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel will travel to Haverford, Pa., in search of its first Centennial Conference (CC) men’s lacrosse championship this weekend.
The fourth-seeded Green Terror (10-5, 4-4 CC) faces top-seeded Haverford (12-2, 8-0 CC), ranked 10th in the latest USILA Division III poll, in Friday’s first semifinal at 1:30 p.m.
The day’s second semifinal pits second-seeded Gettysburg (11-3, 7-1 CC), ranked sixth in the latest USILA Division III poll, against third-seeded Washington (Md.) (9-6, 4-4 CC) 45 minutes upon the conclusion of the first semifinal.
The championship game will be held at Haverford on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The tournament’s champion will earn the CC’s automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Division III tournament, which begins on May 6. The field will be announced on Sunday night.
The Green Terror seeks its first conference title in its fifth tournament appearance. It is the squad’s first appearance in the postseason since 2004.
In the regular-season meeting between the McDaniel and Haverford, the Fords posted a 13-12 overtime victory in Westminster on Apr. 18.
Junior Gibbs Preston (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) leads the attack with 33 goals, 26 assists and 59 points. Senior Mike Hatton (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) ranks second on the team with 31 goals and 43 points. Senior Bill Warner (Yardley, Pa./LaSalle) has added 22 assists while freshman DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) has contributed 21 goals.
Sophomore Matt Mummert (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern) leads the defense with 49 grounds balls.
Senior Kenny McHugh (Westminster, Md./Calvert Hall) has started all 15 games in goal and enters the tournament with an 8.07 goals-against average and .550 save percentage.
Sophomores Jed Barnes (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Matt Dean (Glen Burnie, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) have led the way at the faceoff “X”. Barnes has won 72 of his 134 faceoffs (.537) while Dean has won 81 of 160 (.506).