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Soccer Teams Sweep
Women Extend Shutout Streak; Men Stay in First

• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 1, Haverford 0. Senior Courtney Levine scored the lone goal of the game off a corner kick with 8:30 left in the first half.

The win was the third straight by shutout for Muhlenberg (7-3-1, 3-1), which blanked only one opponent over the first eight games of the season. Dating back to their Centennial Conference opener at McDaniel, the Mules have not allowed a goal in 340 minutes.

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• Men’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 3, McDaniel 0. Senior Evan Smallwood scored one goal and assisted on another as the Mules (9-2, 4-0) won their third straight.

The win kept Muhlenberg atop the CC standings, a half-game ahead of Gettysburg (3-0), the only other team without a CC loss.

Junior Nick Richardson opened the scoring with his third goal in two games, and junior Timothy Sparta closed it with his first goal of the season. Sophomore back Ryan Smallwood became the 14th Mule to record a point this season when he assisted his older brother on the middle goal.

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• Cross Country: After a three-week break from competition, the Muhlenberg teams got back into action at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh, a prestigious meet dominated by Division I schools including traditional powerhouses Georgetown, Villanova and Tennessee. The Mules raced with confidence and composure and represented Muhlenberg incredibly well.

The Mule women finished 28th out of 32 teams, five of which were from Division III. The women defeated two Division I teams in St. Joseph’s and Rider as well as Division II Millersville. Junior Jenna Belisonzi was the first Muhlenberg runner across the line for the first time in her career, placing 93rd out of 224 competitors.

Muhlenberg was 29th in a 33-team men’s field that included six Division III squads. Like their female counterparts, the men scored higher than two Division I teams (Rider and Winthrop) and a Division II squad (Kutztown). Sophomore Alexander Hotz was 84th out of 233 runners.

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• Volleyball: Muhlenberg got its Centennial Conference schedule off on the wrong foot with a pair of close losses to McDaniel and Swarthmore.

The Mules (7-13, 0-2) began with a heartbreaker against McDaniel in which four of the five games were decided by two points. Swarthmore then swept both the Green Terror and the Mules, and in the Muhlenberg match two of the three games were two-pointers.

Sophomore Jen Weist set a school record with 39 digs against McDaniel and added 22 more in the Swarthmore match. Sophomore Julie Lauro recorded at least 20 kills in both matches.

Freshman Kate Haggerty excellent all-around numbers in the opening match with 16 kills, 12 digs, seven blocks and six aces.

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Shay Scores Thrice; Bernardo Ties CC Record

Senior Kodi Shay scored three touchdowns and senior Matt Bernardo and junior Mike Mrkobrad each rushed for over 100 yards as the Muhlenberg football team defeated Franklin & Marshall, 41-20, for its first win of the season.

The Mules (1-2, 1-1), who scored a total of 23 points in their first two games, rolled up 444 yards of total offense and eclipsed the 40-point mark against the Diplomats (1-3, 0-1) for the fifth consecutive year. Junior Nick Rosetti threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns and scored a TD himself on a 2-yard run.

The defense did its part, holding F&M to a single yard rushing on 36 attempts and recording seven quarterback sacks. Sophomore Daniel McCall had three of the sacks, and junior Ryan Peer, making his first career start, made a team-high 10 tackles, four of which were behind the line of scrimmage.

Bernardo’s 4-yard touchdown run with 8:45 left in the second quarter broke a 7-7 tie and put Muhlenberg ahead for good. It also put Bernardo, who finished with 109 yards on 17 carries, into a tie with Paul Smith of Gettysburg (1996-99) for the most touchdowns in Centennial Conference history (60).

Bernardo carried only three times more, however, before leaving with a shoulder injury. In his place, Mrkobrad rushed for a career-high 101 yards and a touchdown, giving the Mules two 100-yard rushers for the first time since 1998.

“My role on this team is the second back, and I come in whenever they need me,” said Mrkobrad. “They needed me today, so I had to step up.”

Stepping up more than 200 all-purpose yards for the second straight week was Shay, who caught four passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns and scored a third TD on an electrifying 43-yard punt return. Hemmed in at the 40 after beginning his return to the left, Shay slipped a tackle, reversed field and tiptoed down the right sideline for Muhlenberg’s first punt return TD in four years.

The Mule special teams also blocked a kick for the third straight week, as junior defensive tackle Michael Della Pella swatted down an extra-point attempt.

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