With only No. 5 Washington College assured of a berth in the Centennial Conference tournament, there are a plethora of scenarios in which McDaniel could vault into the top four and secure a spot in the league tournament.
But as far as coach Matt Hatton is concerned, the only priority for the Green Terror (6-7 overall and 3-3 in the conference) is closing out the season with wins against Ursinus on Saturday and Gettysburg on April 26.
“We always look at it as what we can control,” Hatton said on Wednesday morning. “The theme for us is to do what we can to win a tough game at Ursinus on Saturday. If we do that and we can continue to build off of the couple wins that we’ve strung together now, we’re in good shape. If we’re fortunate enough to win the next two games and five wins in the conference isn’t enough, then it isn’t enough. In my experience, five wins typically is, but it also depend on who does what in their own games, and those are things that we can’t control. I think there’s a chance. We’ve got to take care of business this week. That’s the modus operandi right now.”
If McDaniel can defeat the Bears (6-6, 2-3) and the Bullets (8-4, 4-1) and Dickinson loses two of three against Swarthmore (4-8, 1-4), Muhlenberg (2-10, 1-5) or Franklin & Marshall (10-3, 4-1), the Green Terror would pass the Red Devils for the fourth and final berth in the Centennial Conference tournament.
With Dickinson visiting Swarthmore on Saturday at 1 p.m., the postseason picture could gain some clarity for McDaniel, which will play at Ursinus at 4 p.m. But Hatton said he does not intend to keep an eye on what the Red Devils are doing.
“I like to look at those things typically, but I’m not going to be looking at those things this weekend,” he said. “We’re going to be on the bus. … I’m not even going to talk about that kind of stuff with our guys. We haven’t discussed anything about Dickinson or Ursinus or Gettysburg or [Washington College] or anybody else. None of that stuff really matters to us right now. That may change this week if things go well for us on Saturday, but at this point, worrying about teams that still have to play three games, there are still a lot of moving pieces that we can’t control. We want to use our efforts on the things that we can control.”