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Four Muhlenberg athletes have been named to the Centennial Conference Laura Diez Weekly Honor Roll for their performances last week:

• Field Hockey: Senior Laura Diez (right)scored the go-ahead goal with 2:28 remaining in regulation to give the Mules a 2-1 win against Gettysburg.

• Women’s Soccer: Sophomore Rebecca Armstrong recorded her first career hat trick, scoring three goals as the Mules extended their winning streak to six with a 6-1 victory against Washington. She entered the week tied for fourth in the CC with nine goals and 22 points.

• Men’s Soccer: Senior Michael Hochkeppel scored two goals in Muhlenberg’ 6-0 shutout of Delaware Valley.

• Volleyball: Senior Dana Ferrelli became the school’s all-time leader in digs (1,219) in a match against Gettysburg at the Carnegie Mellon Tournament. She also served up seven aces against Dickinson.


• Football in NCAA Statistics: Senior Chris Reed of the Muhlenberg football team continues to lead all Division III kickers in field goals (13) and points (70) through games of Oct. 26. Overall, he is tied for 22nd in the country in scoring. Junior Matt Bernardo ranks among the Division III leaders in four categories: He is fourth in kickoff returns (31.9 average), 17th in all-purpose yards (175.3 per game), tied for 29th in scoring (9.4 points per game) and 32nd in rushing (116.4 yards per game).

As a team, the Mules are fourth in turnover margin (plus-2.4 per game) and 18th in scoring (38.3 points per game).


There will be a strong Muhlenberg presence at Ursinus on Saturday, as four Mule teams will be competing there: women’s and men’s cross country (for the Centennial Conference Championships), men’s soccer and football.

Who: Muhlenberg (6-1, 4-1) at Ursinus (1-6, 0-4)
What: The Mules’ final Centennial Conference game of the season
When: Saturday, 1:00
Where: Patterson Field
Radio: Justin Deutsch and Jon Eddy will call the game live on WMUH 91.7 FM.

Series History: Don’t let those records fool you: Since 1989, all but one Muhlenberg-Ursinus game has been decided by a touchdown or less. During that span, the average margin is slightly more than five points. Typical of the rivalry was the 1996 game in which the Mules (en route to a 1-9 season) took the Bears (en route to the CC championship) into overtime. Muhlenberg leads the series, 35-23-7.

Scouting the Bears: Ursinus fell to 1-6 for the first time since 1978 with a 35-14 loss at Frostburg State last week. The Bears’ lone win was by three points at Mount Ida. Ursinus is last in the CC in defense, allowing 35.6 points and 394.0 yards per game, and is a league-worst minus-12 in turnover margin. Junior Gary Sheffield is the second-leading rusher in the CC, with 745 yards – 238 of which came in the Mount Ida game. The Bears have juggled quarterbacks all season, with three seeing action against Frostburg. Senior Chris Glowacki tied a school record with 11 catches last week and ranks 14th in CC history with 128 career receptions. Junior Eric Shipe is tied for the CC lead with three interceptions.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg is looking to finish with a 5-1 record in the CC for the second straight season. The Mules, ranked 34th in the AFCA Division III poll, are coming off two outstanding defensive performances. They limited Johns Hopkins and Gettysburg to a combined total of 461 yards and 10 points. Senior linebacker Beau Sherry leads the defense with 54 tackles on the season, while 13 different players have recovered fumbles. Junior Matt Bernardo has been the workhorse of the Muhlenberg offense the last two weeks, carrying a total of 76 times for 319 yards. He needs 123 yards to break Jason Brader’s school record of 2,684 career rushing yards and 185 yards for his second consecutive 1,000-yard season.

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Last updated October 31, 2002