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FOOTBALL FALLS IN OVERTIME THRILLER
Field Hockey Upsets No. 11 Western Maryland

Men’s Soccer Shut Out
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• Field Hockey: Muhlenberg 2, Western Maryland 1. Sophomore Kristen Kastner’s first career goal proved to be the game-winner as Muhlenberg (4-5, 1-2) secured its first Centennial Conference win of the season with a 2-1 win against previously undefeated and 11th-ranked Western Maryland (8-1, 2-1).

“We’re very excited,” said senior co-captain Melissa Eicken after the win. “We’ve had some bad breaks, but we wanted to set all that aside and start with a fresh slate.”

The Mules took a 2-0 lead late in the first half on goals by junior Laura Diez and Kastner in a span of 3:19. The Green Terror cut the deficit in half with a goal midway through the second half and put pressure on Muhlenberg the rest of the game. The Mules have lost five one-goal games this year, including one on Monday in which they held the lead late in regulation.

“I was thinking, We are NOT walking off this field with a loss, and everyone was thinking that,” commented Eicken. “We kept our focus the entire game, and that’s something we’ve been working on.”

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• Men’s Soccer: Johns Hopkins 2, Muhlenberg 0. Johns Hopkins, ranked 19th in Division III, scored a goal in each half to extend its Centennial Conference winning streak to 16. The win was the first ever for the Blue Jays at Muhlenberg during the regular season. The Mules could not muster a serious scoring opportunity the entire evening in dropping their second straight CC match. Click here for box score.

WOMEN’S SOCCER WINS SEVENTH STRAIGHT

• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 1, Haverford 0. Freshman Rebecca Armstrong scored her third goal of the season, off a feed from junior Jamie Gluck, with 19:25 to play to give Muhlenberg its seventh straight win. The Mules, who improved to 9-2, also won their seventh straight Centennial Conference game.

Junior Kim Laurino posted her fifth shutout of the season, extending her unscored-upon streak to 536 minutes. Click here for box score.

• Cross Country: men finished fifth and women eighth at Dickinson Invitational. The Muhlenberg teams competed in a unique long-course, short-course meet at Dickinson. The men ran separate 8K and 4K races, while the women competed at 6K and 4K. The team scores were based on the top three finishers in each race plus two displacers in each race.

The men finished 11th in the long race, fifth in the short race and fifth overall. Junior Brendan Gallagher was 13th overall, and fourth among Centennial Conference runners, in the 8K.

The women were ninth in the 6K, 10th in the 4K, and eighth overall. That’s the long and short of it.

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• Volleyball: Muhlenberg 3, Swarthmore 0; Muhlenberg 3, Johns Hopkins 1. Muhlenberg improved to 10-5 on the season by sweeping a pair of CC matches in Baltimore. The latter win was the Mules’ first against Johns Hopkins since 1994. The Muhlenberg volleyball team has now reached double digits in wins for 11 straight seasons. Click here for further details.

• Women’s Tennis: Muhlenberg competed in the ITA New England Regional at Williams. Sophomore Gena Ross was the only Mule to advance to the second round, coming back from a first-set loss to defeat Caren Harris of Colby in three sets. Ross then was defeated by the top seed. Click here for Muhlenberg results.

Mules Nearly End Long Streak

John Luster threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Louis Wright in overtime to give the Western Maryland College football team its 31st consecutive Centennial Conference win, 28-25 over Muhlenberg

The Mules (3-2, 2-1), who had their eight-game home winning streak snapped, had the first possession of overtime and took a 25-22 lead on a 36-yard field goal by junior Christopher Reed. The Green Terror, ranked 15th in Division III and the four-time defending league champion, faced a third-and-7 on its first possession when relief quarterback Luster connected on a screen pass to Wright that the sophomore running back took into the end zone.

The touchdown ended a thrilling game that featured three touchdowns in the final 4:20 of regulation. Muhlenberg, trailing 14-3 since midway through the second quarter, took a 15-14 lead when sophomore Matt Bernardo scored on a 1-yard run with 4:20 to play. Western Maryland came right back to regain the lead at 22-15 in only three plays

The Mules faced a second-and-long at their own 11 on the next drive, only to advance to the 6-yard line on two long passes by junior Justin Jones: 29 yards to senior Michael Stankowitz and 54 yards to junior Alfredo Mercuri. Bernardo, who finished with 175 yards on 36 carries, carried over from the 1-yard line for his third touchdown of the game. The three scores gave him a school-record 28 career touchdowns.

The Mule defense held Western Maryland to 273 total yards despite losing its leading tackler (senior linebacker Doug Folger) and leading sacker (junior defensive end Michael Ferreira) to knee injuries early in the game. Junior linebacker Beau Sherry made 10 tackles, and senior linebacker P.J. Villani, replacing Folger, recorded 8. Senior Sergio Masvidal intercepted a pass for the second straight week, thwarting a Green Terror scoring bid just before halftime.

Mercuri had an outstanding game, catching six passes for 131 yards.

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Last updated October 1, 2001