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Football Wins Third in a Row
Men’s Soccer Extends First-Place Lead
Shay Sparkles Again

Senior Kodi Shay caught seven passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns as the Muhlenberg football team won its third straight game, 27-7 at Ursinus.

Shay, who entered the game third in Division III in all-purpose running, rolled up 250 all-purpose yards – his third straight game with at least 250. He has scored eight touchdowns in the last three weeks.

Sophomore Tom Kelleher, making his second straight start at quarterback, passed for 224 yards and three touchdowns.

The defense held Gary Sheffield, the Centennial Conference’s leading rusher, to 69 yards on the ground. Sophomore end Daniel McCall had a phenomenal game, setting a school record with four sacks, forcing one fumble and recovering another. Junior tackle Will Corbin registered two of the Mules’ seven sacks.

With the score tied, 7-7, late in the third quarter, Muhlenberg (3-2, 3-1) went to a trick play to score the go-ahead touchdown. Junior running back Mike Mrkobrad took a handoff up the middle, jumped as he neared the line of scrimmage, then tossed a two-handed chest pass to tight end Rob Sherman in the end zone. It was the first touchdown pass by a non-quarterback for the Mules since 1993.

Muhlenberg’s third touchdown was also unusual, as senior linebacker Tony Briscella, lining up at fullback in a goal-line situation, made a diving catch of Kelleher’s pass in the back of the end zone.

The Mules clinched the win with 3:28 to play in the fourth when Shay took Kelleher’s fourth-down pass and ran 33 yards for a touchdown.

Briscella led the defense in tackles with 10, while sophomore Michael McCurley recorded seven tackles and two pass breakups.

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• Men’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 4, Dickinson 0. Sophomore Jose Ramirez scored two goals to lead Muhlenberg to its sixth consecutive Centennial Conference win.

The Mules (11-4, 6-0) also got unexpected help from other CC venues, as Johns Hopkins and Gettysburg both lost. Hopkins was defeated at Swarthmore, 1-0, while Gettysburg suffered a 1-0 setback at Washington. Muhlenberg now has a two-game lead over both of those teams with three games left on the CC schedule.

Sophomore James Henshaw and junior Nick Richardson also tallied goals for the Mules, who have outscored their opponents by a 37-8 margin this year. Click here for box score.

• Cross Country: In their final tuneups for the CC Championships, the Muhlenberg women placed ninth and the men 12th at the DeSales Invitational.

The women came in well ahead of defending CC champion Dickinson, although most of the Red Devils’ top runners did not compete. Junior Jenna Belisonzi scored her third top-10 finish of the season, coming in eighth out of 221 runners. Sophomore Karen Mount was three places behind.

Sophomore Alexander Hotz was ninth for the men.

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• Volleyball: Muhlenberg 3, Bryn Mawr 1; Johns Hopkins 3, Muhlenberg 0. The Mules (8-17, 1-5) set a school record with 24 service aces in the first match, snapping their losing skid at six and picking up their first CC victory of the season.

Freshman Kate Haggerty notched seven of the aces against Bryn Mawr to go along with 13 kills and eight digs. Sophomore Julie Lauro aced six serves and had a team-high 14 kills.

The previous mark of 22 aces was set against Alvernia earlier this season.

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• Field Hockey: Drew 3, Muhlenberg 1. Kara Fetter scored three first-half goals for Drew to hand the Mules (10-4) their first non-conference loss of the season. Freshman LisaAnn Polt had Muhlenberg’s lone score. Click here for box score.

Mules Win Sixth Straight

The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team scored two early goals and hung on to defeat Gettysburg, 2-1, in a showdown for first place in the Centennial Conference.

The Mules’ sixth straight win put them into a tie for first with the Bullets (10-4, 6-1) in the CC with three games remaining, but they have the tiebreaker edge due to their head-to-head win.

Senior Dawn Iberer scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season just 2:18 into the game. A long clearing pass from sophomore Katie Amari bounced over the defense to Iberer, who beat Gettysburg’s goalie one-on-one.

“I saw a big gap in their defense down the middle, and I saw Dawn way down there and tried to get it to her,” commented Amari. “It wound up being a great through ball. Dawn had great composure in front of the goal.”

Amari also was involved in the second goal, which came off the only corner kick of the game. In the 19th minute, Amari’s kick was caught by the Bullet goalie, but she fumbled the ball in front of the goal and senior Courtney Levine booted it in for her sixth goal of the season.

The Mules (10-3-1, 6-1) did not get another shot off until late in the second half, as Gettysburg enjoyed a 12-4 advantage in shots. The Bullets closed to within one on Jenny Line’s goal midway through the second half, but Muhlenberg held them off for the rest of the game.

The victory extended the Mules’ home winning streak in CC regular-season games to 22 and gave them double digits in wins for the seventh straight season.

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Last updated October 18, 2003