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2000 Fall/Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of November 6 to November 12
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
For the third straight week, Muhlenberg has been Jordan Wright the source of the Centennial Conference defensive player of the week. Four members of the secondary — senior corner Mike Burke, junior free safety Erik Hammar, sophomore corner Jordan Wright (left)and freshman corner Joe Getz — were honored as a unit after combining to intercept seven passes in the Mules’ 30-26 win over Hartwick. Burke, Wright and Getz had two picks apiece. The seven picks tied a school record set against Lebanon Valley in 1981 and broke the CC record of six set five times previously. Six of them came against a Hawk quarterback who entered the game with only five intercepts all season.

The Muhlenberg men’s soccer advanced to the championship game of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Mid-Atlantic Tournament for the second straight year by defeating Penn State-Behrend, 1-0, in the semifinals. The Mules dropped a 1-0 game to host Gettysburg (13-5-1) in the final. This was the 13th postseason appearance in 15 years for the Mules.

ECAC Tournament
First Round
Wednesday, November 8
(6) PSU-Behrend 4, (3) Western Maryland 1
(5) Washington 2, (4) Wilkes 1
Saturday, November 11 at Gettysburg
(1) Gettysburg 0, Washington 0 (pk, 4-2)
(2) Muhlenberg 1, Penn State-Behrend 0
Sunday, November 12 at Gettysburg
Gettysburg 1, Muhlenberg 0

Saturday, November 11
CROSS COUNTRY women finished 17th and men 16th at Mid-East Regional Championship. Three Muhlenberg runners earned honors at the regional race. For the women, Diana Garretto earned second-team freshman all-region recognition for placing 13th among freshmen in the race. She was 64th overall, one place ahead of junior Katie Garrett. Sophomore Brendan Gallagher finished 32nd for the men and made the All-Region Team for the second consecutive year. Freshman Rob Uniszkiewicz was second-team freshman all-region. Click here for complete results.
FOOTBALL Muhlenberg 45, Moravian 20. Two players accounted for all six touchdowns as Muhlenberg closed out the regular season with its fourth straight win. The Mules reached the eight-win mark for only the fourth time in school history (the first since 1980) and now await word on an ECAC playoff berth. Freshman Matt Bernardo rushed 40 times for 251 yards — the third-highest single-game total in school history — and tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns. His 16 touchdowns for the season tied a school record set in 1948. Junior Joshua Carter had the other two touchdowns, on a 41-yard pass reception and a 90-yard kickoff return. The TD catch was the school-record 26th of his career. Carter also became the second player in school history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Senior Mike Burke led the defense with 11 tackles and two interceptions. His nine picks for the season tie a school record set in 1942. Click here for box score.
MEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 1, Penn State-Behrend 0. Junior David Vassilaros scored a goal with just 2:03 remaining in regulation to propel Muhlenberg into the championship game of the ECAC Tournament for the second straight year. Once again, the Mules will face a Centennial Conference foe they defeated in the regular season. Gettysburg advanced to the final by defeating Washington on penalty kicks (4-2) after a scoreless tie. Vassilaros took a long cross from the right side and, after the ball bounced off a defender, volleyed a shot past the Behrend keeper from 12 yards out. Junior Rob Pomento made four saves. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING finished third at King’s Monarch Invitational. Despite crowning no individual champions, the Mules came in a strong third at King’s, defeating Centennial Conference rivals Ursinus and Western Maryland among others. Senior Jason McLean came the closest to winning his weight class, making it to the final at 141. Junior Bill Holsinger (149) and sophomores Nate Yeasted (133) and Joe Salerno (165) all took thirds. Holsinger’s lone loss was in the semifinals to the fifth-ranked wrestler at his weight class, and he responded by pinning his next two opponents. Yeasted rebounded from a first-round loss to the eventual champion by winning five straight bouts in the consolation bracket. Freshman Shawn Zeplin placed fourth at 157. Click here for Muhlenberg results.

Sunday, November 12
MEN’S SOCCER Gettysburg 1, Muhlenberg 0. Gettysburg scored the lone goal off a free kick with just 3:32 remaining in regulation to capture the ECAC Tournament championship. The Mules, who finished second for the second straight year, had several good chances to score. They hit a post in each half, and with about 16 minutes to play were awarded a penalty kick. The Bullet keeper, who was tournament MVP, made the save, however. Click here for box score.

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Last updated November 12, 2000