Washington College playing waiting game for opponent in conference tournament

Shoremen will meet either Dickinson or Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference tournament depending on Gettysburg-McDaniel game this Saturday

April 26, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

No. 10 Washington College took the uncertainty out of its postseason plans by walloping Swarthmore, 16-5, Wednesday night and clinching a spot in the Centennial Conference tournament. The same cannot be said for the team’s opponent in the tournament.

How No. 19 Gettysburg fares against McDaniel on Saturday will determine whether the Shoremen (12-3 overall and 5-3 in the league) get the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. If the Green Terror (5-10, 2-5) upset the Bullets (8-6, 4-3), Washington would earn the third seed and meet Franklin & Marshall (10-4, 6-1) in Wednesday’s semifinal.

If Gettysburg prevails, the Shoremen would get the fourth seed and tangle with No. 2 Dickinson (14-0, 7-0) on Wednesday. The mystery might be torturous for some, but coach Jeff Shirk said he does not mind the wait.

“The fact that we’re in is the best thing,” he said. “The hardest thing is actually getting into the tournament. Once you’re in, there’s the atmosphere and anything can happen. Now we just want to make sure we fine-tune stuff and get excited to play and whoever that opponent happens to be, that’s good because it’s in the tournament.”

Washington was battered by the Bullets, 14-6, last Saturday, but might be able to give McDaniel some tips. Shirk chuckled at the thought of calling Green Terror coach Matt Hatton and sharing some inside information.

“No, I’m not going to call Matt,” Shirk said. “Matt’s a great guy, and we talk about a lot of things, but he’s a good coach and he knows what needs to be done, and I know his boys will be fired up for that last regular-season game. But it’s definitely something where we’re going to have a couple coaches at that game. Two of my assistants will be at that game, and myself and another assistant will go to the Dickinson-F&M game. But the scenarios are interesting to where we could easily get F&M or we could easily get Dickinson in that first round. So we’re going to have them all scouted and basically not hope for anything because it’s always be careful what you wish for. We’ll see where everything falls and run from there.”

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