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GOLF FIFTH AT ESU

The Muhlenberg men’s golf team finished fifth out of 10 teams at the East Stroudsburg Invitational in its second-to-last match of the fall.

Senior Matt Katz placed fourth with a five-over-par 78. Only six golfers shot in the 70s on the cool, overcast day at Shawnee Country Club.

The Mules close out their fall season by hosting the Muhlenberg Fall Classic on Monday.

Click here for box score.

Big Saturday for Women’s Soccer, Football

Two of Nation’s Leaders on Display

Two of the NCAA Division III statistical leaders will be featured when the Muhlenberg football team travels to Collegeville, Pa., for a key Centennial Conference game against Ursinus on Saturday.

Jon Eddy and Mike Loughlin will call the game live on WMUH 91.7 FM. To listen in, click here. The broadcast starts at 12:30 with the Mules Kickoff pregame show.

The Mules (2-2, 2-1) will be looking to win their third straight game, while the Bears (3-2, 0-1) are seeking their first CC win since 2001. Ursinus came close against McDaniel, falling 24-20, and has already topped its win total from all of last year.

Muhlenberg senior Kodi Shay enters the game as the leading kickoff returner in Division III, averaging 36.0 yards per return. He also ranks third in all-purpose yards (233.5 per game), 11th in punt returns (16.3 yards per return) and 16th in receiving yards per game (109.8). Shay has scored three touchdowns in each of the last two games.

On the other side of the ball, Ursinus defensive lineman Josh Kemp is the Division III leader in sacks with 11½. The Mule offensive line will try to keep him away from CC offensive player of the week Tom Kelleher, who threw four touchdown passes in his first career start last week.

Muhlenberg leads the all-time series, 36-23-7, including a 43-0 shutout last year that was out of character for recent series history. Twelve of the last 14 meetings were decided by a touchdown or less, and two games went into overtime.

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First Place on the Line at Varsity Field

There will be a lot of similarities when the women’s soccer teams from Muhlenberg and Gettysburg square off with the Centennial Conference lead on the line Saturday at Varsity Field.

The Mules (9-3-1, 5-1) enter the game ranked eighth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, while the Bullets (10-3, 6-0) are sixth.

In addition to both being ranked, both teams are on a roll: Muhlenberg has won five in a row, and Gettysburg has a six-game winning streak. Both teams are coming off 2-1 road wins against 2002 CC playoff teams, the Mules at Franklin & Marshall and the Bullets at Johns Hopkins. In both games, the winning team went up 2-0 before the home team scored a late goal to end a long shutout streak (504 minutes for Muhlenberg and 561 minutes for Gettysburg).

Gettysburg’s three losses are to regionally ranked teams, two from the Mid-Atlantic (Messiah and Lebanon Valley) and one from the South (Christopher Newport). Two of Muhlenberg’s losses are to Mid-Atlantic ranked teams (Messiah and Scranton), and its tie is against a South Region ranked team (Greensboro). The Mules’ other loss was 2-1 to McDaniel, a team the Bullets defeated, 1-0 in overtime.

The series is a lot closer, particularly in recent years, than Gettysburg’s 10-2-1 all-time lead would indicate. Since 1997, four of the seven meetings have gone into overtime, and only one was decided by more than one goal. That was in last year’s regular-season meeting, when Muhlenberg scored its first win ever at Gettysburg, 2-0. The Bullets returned the favor in the first round of the CC playoffs, ending the Mules’ season with a 1-0 double-overtime win.


Questions or comments? Send mail to falk@muhlenberg.edu
Last updated October 17, 2003