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Saturday, October 11, 2003 (Homecoming)
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KELLEHER MAKES GRAND DEBUT AS
FOOTBALL ROLLS OVER DICKINSON

Men’s Soccer Takes Fifth Straight CC Match
FOUR MULES SCORE TO BEAT SWARTHMORE

The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team celebrated Homecoming by defeating Swarthmore, 4-1, to remain unbeaten in Centennial Conference play.

Sophomore James Henshaw scored the Mules’ first goal, his fifth of the season, and assisted on their second to take the team lead with 14 points. Jose Ramirez was on the receiving end of Henshaw’s assist and leads the Mules with six goals.

The Mules (10-3, 5-0) piled up 26 shots, but Swarthmore goalkeeper Nate Shupe made several tough saves to keep the Garnet (4-8-1, 2-3) in the game in the first half.

Freshmen Andrew Krebs and Blake Grannell assisted on goals by Adam Milberg and Justin Henning in the second half. Each freshman’s assist was his first career point.

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VOLLEYBALL DROPS PAIR IN CC QUAD

The Muhlenberg volleyball team saw its losing skid stretch to five with a pair of home setbacks to Dickinson and Gettysburg.

The Mules (7-15, 0-4) appeared to be in good shape when they defeated the Red Devils, 30-28 and 30-27, in the first two games of their first match. But Dickinson came back to win the final three games, taking the decisive fifth by a 15-12 score.

Muhlenberg was then swept in three games by first-place Gettysburg, which extended its winning streak to 12.

Sophomore Julie Lauro totaled 34 kills in the two matches, while sophomore Jen Weist had 37 digs to go over 300 digs for the season. Freshman Monica Sella recorded 10 blocks, increasing her team-leading total to 52.

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Sophomore Throws Four TD Passes

Sophomore Tom Kelleher, making his first career start, threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Muhlenberg football team to a 50-6 Homecoming win against Dickinson.

The 50 points were the most ever scored by the Mules (2-2, 2-1) against the Red Devils (2-3, 0-2).

Kelleher, pressed into service when the Mules’ top two quarterbacks suffered injuries, had only three varsity snaps to his credit coming in, but looked every bit the seasoned veteran as he completed 14 of 21 passes with no interceptions.

Senior Kodi Shay was on the receiving end of three of the scoring strikes, all in the second quarter. Shay caught six passes in total for 160 yards and amassed 280 all-purpose yards – the ninth-highest single-game total in school history.

“I was so nervous coming in, but the guys made me comfortable,” said Kelleher. “[Injured quarterbacks] Nick [Rosetti] and Ryan [Newman] told me, ‘If you’re in doubt, throw it up to Kodi.’”

Special teams were responsible for Muhlenberg’s lone points of the first quarter. With 3:36 left in the period, sophomore Phil Gasker blocked a Dickinson punt out of the end zone for a safety. Shay returned the ensuing free kick 66 yards to the 27-yard line, setting up Brian Hendershot’s 21-yard field goal.

The second quarter belonged to Kelleher and Shay. The duo teamed up on a 31-yard pass play on fourth down with 12:15 to play in the half for the game’s first touchdown. With just 28 seconds on the clock, the two connected again, this time for 22 yards and a 19-0 Mule lead.

The ensuing squib kick was fumbled by the Red Devils and recovered by Gasker on the 32-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Kelleher found Shay behind the secondary for a touchdown that made it 26-0.

Muhlenberg added three scores in the first 6:13 of the second half to turn the game into a runaway.

The Mule defense held Dickinson to 172 total yards and no conversions in 12 third-down attempts. Junior defensive tackle Michael Della Pella made a career-high nine tackles and blocked an extra-point attempt. Junior linebacker Ryan Peer forced two fumbles, one of which was returned 20 yards for a touchdown by junior defensive tackle Will Corbin.

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Last updated October 11, 2003