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McDaniel to battle for CC title

 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel will travel to Chestertown, Md., in search of its first Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse championship this weekend.

The fourth-seeded Green Terror (9-6, 5-3 CC) faces top-seeded Washington (Md.) (10-4, 7-1 CC), ranked 19th 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 Dickinson (12-3, 6-2 CC), ranked 13th in the latest USILA Division III poll, against third-seeded Gettysburg (10-5, 6-2 CC), ranked 18th in the latest USILA Division III poll, at 4 p.m. or 45 minutes upon the conclusion of the first semifinal.

The championship game will be held at Washington on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The tournament's champion will earn the CC's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III tournament, slated to begin on May 9. The NCAA field will be announced at 10 p.m. on Sunday.

McDaniel is seeking its first CC championship in its seventh tournament appearance. It is the Green Terror's third appearance in the last four seasons.

In the regular-season meeting between McDaniel and Washington in Westminster, the Shoremen tallied seven straight goals to overcome a five-goal deficit and win 10-9 in the first conference game of the season on Mar. 17.

The Green Terror enters the tournament as arguably the hottest team, winning five straight games – all conference contests.

Brad Motley (Fallston, Md./Fallston) has keyed that effort in goal, starting the last four games with a .620 save percentage and 6.75 goals-against average.

JS Duke (Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) has led the charge offensively with seven goals and eight assists for a team-high 15 points during the run. He leads the team this season with 18 assists and 37 points. DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) leads the team with 30 goals and is second with 34 points.