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FOOTBALL CONCLUDES REGULAR SEASON SATURDAY

The Muhlenberg football team travels down Route 22 to face Moravian in its traditional regular-season finale Saturday. For the first time ever, this game has postseason implications for both teams, as the Mules are still searching for an NCAA bid and both teams are strong contenders for ECAC berths.

Who: Muhlenberg (8-1) at Moravian (7-2)
What: One of the top 10 Division III rivalries, according to d3football.com.
When: Saturday, 1:00
Where: Steel Field
Television: Service Electric will broadcast the game on tape delay on Saturday around 4:30. MCTV will also air the game.
Radio: The game will be called live on WMUH 91.7 FM and WGPA 1490 AM.

Series History: Moravian owns a 30-18-2 series lead and has won 11 of the last 14 meetings. Muhlenberg took three straight games from 1998 to 2000, but the Greyhounds scored a 17-7 win in last season’s finale. This is the best combined record for these two teams entering the traditional meeting since 1988, when the Mules were 7-2 and the ’Hounds were 8-1.

Scouting the Greyhounds: Moravian is on a roll, having won six straight games – its longest streak since a seven-game surge in 1995 and 1996. The Greyhounds have given up only one touchdown in each of their last three games. They are particularly stingy against the run, allowing just 70.2 yards per game (eighth in Division III) and 2.2 yards per carry. Senior linebacker John Cupples (whose sister Kristie is an assistant field hockey coach at Muhlenberg) leads the defense with 81 tackles and five forced fumbles. Junior safety John Panikiewsky was named MAC defensive player of the week after recording five tackles and coming up with a sack and interception on back-to-back plays in last week’s 23-6 win at Susquehanna. Offensively, junior tailback Dave Darmofal has rushed for a team-best 530 yards and six touchdowns.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg is looking for its fifth straight win and its ninth of the season, which would tie a school record set in 1946, 1947 and 2000. The Mules have outscored their last four opponents, 151-23, allowing only 53.5 rushing yards per game and no first-half points during that span. Muhlenberg has outscored its opponents, 100-10, in the first quarter this season and ranks among the Division III leaders in both scoring offense (13th) and scoring defense (35th). The Mules need 14 points to break the school record of 368, set in 1947. Senior linemen Mike Koth (6½) and Jon Buglione (6) are both within striking distance of the school record of eight sacks in a season. Senior quarterback Justin Jones has completed 68.4 percent of his passes the last three weeks and ranks 25th in Division III in passing efficiency (144.15). Junior Matt Bernardo, the nation’s sixth-leading scorer at 12.0 points per game, needs one touchdown to tie the school record of 19 he set last year.

THREE NAMED TO ALL-CC FIELD HOCKEY TEAM

Three Muhlenberg field hockey players have been named to the All-Centennial Conference team.

Sophomore forward Kristen Bruschi was the lone Mule selected to the first team. Kristen BruschiBruschi had a phenomenal season, breaking school records that had stood since 1962 with 19 goals and 44 points. Twelve of her 19 goals came in CC games, and eight were game-winners. After only two seasons, Bruschi ranks ninth in team history with 57 career points.

Junior midfielder Lauren Jacobs was voted to the second team. She led the Mules with eight assists, the second-highest single-season total in team history, and also scored one goal in 2002.

Earning honorable mention was senior forward Holly Pico, the second-leading scorer on the team with 17 points on seven goals and three assists. She finished her career with 47 points.

Muhlenberg had a 14-5 final record, tying the school record for wins in a season.


Questions or comments? Send mail to falk@muhlenberg.edu
Last updated November 14, 2002