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FOOTBALL SHOWDOWN SET FOR SATURDAY

Who: Western Maryland (3-1, 2-0) at Muhlenberg (3-1, 2-0)
What: The most important game of 2001 in the Centennial Conference to date – and maybe the entire season. Western Maryland, the four-time defending champion, and Muhlenberg are the only 2-0 teams in the league. The Green Terror has outscored its first two CC foes 90-16; the Mules 92-6.
When: Saturday, September 29, 1:00
Where: Scotty Wood Stadium
On the Air: Greg Kadetsky, Justin Deutsch and Jon Eddy will call the game live on WMUH 91.7 FM. To listen in, go to the WMUH Web site and click on Real Audio.

Series Record: Western Maryland has won the last five meetings to open up a 15-13-3 series lead. Muhlenberg’s last series win came at home in 1993. The Mules have scored a total of 20 points against the Green Terror the last three years; during that same span they have scored at least 20 points in every other game but one. Although these teams usually bring high-powered offenses into the game, the last two meetings have been dominated by the defense. Last year, Western Maryland scored nine fourth-quarter points to pull away for a 15-3 win.

Scouting the Green Terror: Western Maryland, ranked 15th in the AFCA poll, extended its CC winning streak to 30 with a 35-9 defeat of Ursinus last week. Senior quarterback Boo Harris, the CC leader in total offense, left in the second quarter with a hamstring injury, but in his place junior John Luster rushed for 42 yards and threw for a score. On the receiving end was senior Teron Powell for his eighth touchdown catch of the season and the 29th of his career. Junior Jemel Johnson rushed for 70 yards and two TDs. The Green Terror also scored with its defense and special teams, as junior Mike Geneas returned an interception for a touchdown and junior Mike Miller recovered a blocked punt in the end zone. Western Maryland blocked three punts in the game. With eight tackles, junior lineman Joe Rydzewski led a Terror defense that held the Bears to 32 rushing and 226 total yards.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg improved to 2-0 in the CC with a 45-3 win at Franklin & Marshall last week. Coming on the heels of a 47-3 defeat of Dickinson, it marked the first time since 1986 that the Mules kept two straight opponents out of the end zone. Sophomore Matt Bernardo carried 28 times for 187 yards and tied school records for rushing touchdowns in a game (4) and a career (25) – in only the 14th game of his career. Bernardo also became the 20th player in team history to rush for 1,000 yards. Senior tight end Michael Stankowitz caught a touchdown pass for the second straight week. Although he was held without a reception, senior Joshua Carter set a school record with 154 yards on punt returns. Seniors Sergio Masvidal and Erik Hammar and junior Jordan Wright picked off passes. Freshman Justin Saverine, in his first game, averaged 43.8 yards on six punts and downed two inside the 5-yard line.

Home Sweet Home: Muhlenberg was a perfect 6-0 at Scotty Wood Stadium last year, its first undefeated home season since 1980. The Mules have won eight home games in a row dating back to the 1999 season.

Take Me to Your Leaders: Between them, Western Maryland and Muhlenberg have many of the CC statistical leaders. The Green Terror tops the league in scoring offense (43.3 points per game), total offense (412.0 yards per game), pass offense (215.3 yards per game), pass efficiency (164.6 rating), kickoff returns (27.2 yards per return), net punting (38.0 yards per punt), kickoff coverage (14.1 yards per return) and turnover margin (plus 7). The Mules are first in scoring defense (16.8 points per game), total defense (284.5 yards per game) and punt returns (15.4 yards per return). Individually, Harris leads the CC in total offense and pass efficiency, and senior Kevin Culbertson is the top punter. For Muhlenberg, Carter is first in receiving yards, all-purpose yards, punt returns and kickoff returns, and Bernardo has scored the most points.

VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR TO MORAVIAN

Dana Ferrelli
Junior Dana Ferrelli recorded her fourth double-double of the season against Moravian.
The Muhlenberg volleyball team won the first game, but dropped the next three to fall to 8-5 on the season. Moravian (12-4) entered the match ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Junior Dana Ferrelli had five of her team-high 14 kills in that first game, a 32-30 Mule win. Junior Lisa Giammalvo, who finished with 12 kills and 10 digs, ended the game with one of her four service aces.

The strong hitting of Ferrelli and sophomore Maria Poluka (five kills apiece) gave Muhlenberg a chance to win the third game, but the Greyhounds prevailed, 32-30, before closing out the match with a 30-22 win in Game 4.

Poluka had a career-high 18 digs to go along with eight kills. The loss tied the Matte Award standings at 2-2 for the 2001-02 school year. The next Matte event is a women’s soccer match at Moravian on Sunday.

Click here for box score.

• Men’s Golf: The Muhlenberg men’s golf B team finished ninth out of 18 schools at the Moravian Fall Invitational. Sophomore Joe Bedway shot an 80 on the par-71 Southmoore Golf Course to tie for 14th place. Click here for box score.


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Last updated September 27, 2001