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Thursday, October 17, 2002
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The women’s soccer game against Franklin & Marshall that was rained out last Friday night has been rescheduled for Monday, November 4 at 7:00. It will be the final game of the regular season for the Mules.


After a week off, the Muhlenberg football team will play its second straight game in the state of Maryland when it travels to Johns Hopkins on Saturday.

Who: Muhlenberg (4-1, 2-1) at Johns Hopkins (5-0, 2-0)
What: The Mules’ second consecutive game against a team ranked 26th in Division III
When: Saturday, 1:00
Where: Homewood Field

Series History: Muhlenberg scored twice early and held on for a 22-14 win last year to take a 17-16-1 series lead. The Mules have not won in Baltimore (or anywhere in Maryland, for that matter) since 1988.

Scouting the Blue Jays: Johns Hopkins is 5-0 for the first time since 1931 and has won a school-record-tying seven in a row dating back to last year. The Blue Jays are one win shy of their 400th all-time victory. Hopkins is second in the Centennial Conference in rushing offense, thanks to four backs who average between 39.6 and 62.2 yards per game. The Jays lead the CC in average time of possession and put together four drives of 70 yards or more in a 27-9 win against Ursinus last week. Freshman quarterback Zach DiIonno made his first career start in the Ursinus game and threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, JHU is tops in the CC against the run, allowing only 88.2 yards per game.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg is trying to avoid losing consecutive regular-season games for the first time since 1999. The Mules, who blocked a punt for a safety in the win against Johns Hopkins last year, lead the CC in every special teams category but one. Senior Chris Reed has tied a school record with 30 consecutive extra points made (in regular-season games) and is tied for the Division III lead with eight field goals. Junior running back Matt Bernardo ranks second in the country in kickoff returns (35.3 yards per return) and also needs four points to become the team’s all-time scoring leader. Muhlenberg is tied for third nationally with a plus-13 turnover margin and has not committed a turnover in its last two games. Junior defensive end Nick Otranto leads the CC with five sacks.

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Last updated October 17, 2002