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FOOTBALL, WOMEN’S SOCCER BEAT RANKED TEAMS ON THE ROAD
Uniszkiewicz Second at Big Cross Country Meet
Mules Win at Gettysburg for First Time

Sophomore Katie Macomber scored her first career goal early in the first half to give the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team all it would need in an important 2-0 win at Gettysburg.

With their fourth straight win, the Mules (8-6, 5-1) move into sole possession of second place in the Centennial Conference. Franklin & Marshall, in first place with a 5-0-1 CC record, will be the Mules’ opponent in their final game of the regular season. The Bullets (8-4-2, 4-2) entered the game ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

The win was Muhlenberg’s first ever at Gettysburg. Last year, the Mules defeated the Bullets for the first time in 11 series meetings.

Macomber took a serve into the middle from sophomore Maureen McLaughlin and punched the ball over the head of the Gettysburg goalie in the 13th minute.

That was the only scoring until 1:10 remained in the game, when junior Dawn Iberer scored an insurance goal. It was the 43rd career goal for Iberer, one short of the school record.

Senior Kim Laurino needed to make only two saves to record her 23rd career shutout.

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MULE MEN SIXTH OUT OF 40 TEAMS; FIELD HOCKEY WINS; GIAMMALVO REACHES MILESTONE IN VOLLEYBALL SPLIT

• Cross Country: Junior Rob Uniszkiewicz came in second out of 275 runners to lead the Muhlenberg men’s cross country team to an impressive sixth-place finish at the 40-team DeSales Invitational.

Uniszkiewicz trailed only Mark Stallings of Millersville, a Division II All-American last year when he finished 14th at the NCAA Championships. Also scoring top-30 finishes were senior Brendan Gallagher (13th) and freshman Alex Hotz (25th).

The Mule women were 14th out of 38 teams. They were paced by freshman Karen Mount, who was 24th.

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• Field Hockey: Muhlenberg 2, Dickinson 0. Sophomore Kristen Bruschi scored her 12th goal of the season early in the first half, and freshman Adrienne Verbich scored her first career goal early in the second half as the Mules (10-4, 2-2) snapped a two-game skid and evened their Centennial Conference record.

Muhlenberg allowed only five shots, none on goal, to reach double digits in wins for the ninth time in school history (the first time since 1999). Click here for box score.

Volleyball: Gettysburg 3, Muhlenberg 0; Muhlenberg 3, Washington 0. Senior Lisa Giammalvo became the sixth player in team history – and the second this season – to reach the 1,000-dig mark for her career as Muhlenberg (12-16, 4-4) split a tri-match at Gettysburg. Freshman Julie Lauro had a total of 24 kills in the two matches. Click here for box scores.

Defense Shines; Bernardo, Reed Set Records

Junior Matt Bernardo rushed for 140 yards and one touchdown and the Muhlenberg defense allowed only seven first downs in a 23-10 win against previously undefeated Johns Hopkins.

The Mules (5-1, 3-1) broke a 13-game losing streak in the state of Maryland, dating back to a 26-13 win at Hopkins in 1988. The Blue Jays (5-1, 2-1), who had their seven-game winning streak snapped, entered the game ranked 26th in Division III.

Muhlenberg allowed only 34 total yards and one first down in the first half, opening up a 10-0 lead on the strength of Bernardo’s 1-yard touchdown run and a 21-yard field goal by senior Chris Reed. Bernardo’s TD, which came on fourth down and capped a 15-play, 86-yard drive, gave him a school-record 264 points for his career.

Reed booted three field goals, setting a school record for kickers with 59 points on the season and tying the school record for field goals in a season (11). He also set a school record by extending his extra-point streak to 32 consecutive, dating back to last season.

In command for most of the game, the Mules suddenly had their lead trimmed to 16-10 when Hopkins scored on a 97-yard touchdown pass with 9:05 to play. Muhlenberg was faced with a fourth-and-4 at its own 42 on the ensuing possession when sophomore Zack Trach ran 43 yards on a fake punt to keep the drive alive. Three plays later, senior Justin Jones threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to classmate Alfredo Mercuri to seal the win.

The Mules had possession for 41:19 and allowed the Blue Jays to run only 46 offensive plays. Bernardo had nearly that many himself, carrying 44 times, one short of the school record.

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Last updated October 19, 2002