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FOOTBALL, WOMEN’S SOCCER
CAPTURE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Men’s Soccer Wraps Up Perfect CC Season
Soccer Teams to Host Playoffs

Rebecca Armstrong’s team-leading 11th goal of the season, early in the game, accounted for all the scoring as the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team defeated Ursinus, 1-0, to clinch its fourth straight Centennial Conference regular-season championship.

The Mules (13-3-2, 9-1) finished ahead of Gettysburg, which entered the day tied for first but played to a 1-1 deadlock with Dickinson.

Muhlenberg will host the CC playoffs next Saturday and Sunday and will play Ursinus (10-5-3, 5-4-1) again in one semifinal. The other semifinal will match Gettysburg and Johns Hopkins.

Armstrong’s goal came after she collected a through ball from Courtney Levine in the penalty box and beat the Ursinus goalie to her left.

Jackie Gerard, one of six Muhlenberg seniors playing in her final regular-season home game, made three saves for her first career shutout.

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• Men’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 6, Ursinus 0. The Mules (15-4, 9-0) wrapped up their first undefeated, untied Centennial Conference season since 1995 with a convincing win in their regular-season finale.

Senior Evan Smallwood scored two goals, taking over the team lead with nine on the season, and junior Nick Richardson had a goal and two assists. Freshman Blake Grannell closed the scoring with his first career goal.

Senior ’keeper Brendon McKeown notched his third career shutout on Senior Night at Varsity Field.

The Mules, who outscored their nine CC foes 27-3, will host the CC playoffs Friday night and Saturday night. Johns Hopkins, McDaniel and Gettysburg round out the field.

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CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS FOURTH AND SIXTH; FIELD HOCKEY, VOLLEYBALL FALL

• Cross Country: The Muhlenberg men finished fourth and the women sixth at the Centennial Conference Championships, hosted by the Mules at DeSales.

Haverford and Dickinson claimed the team titles. The Fords outpaced the Red Devils to win their 11th straight men’s team championship, and Swarthmore’s Lang Reynolds became the Garnet’s first ever champion. On the women’s side, Dickinson held off Haverford to earn its third straight title and sixth overall. The Red Devils’ Callie Bradley defended her title, winning her second straight crown.

Three Mules earned All-CC honors: sophomore Alexander Hotz (fourth) and senior Rob Uniszkiewicz (10th) for the men and junior Jenna Belisonzi (14th) for the women. It was the third straight year on the All-CC team for Uniszkiewicz.

The Muhlenberg men placed in the top four for the fourth straight year, while the women matched their best finish of the past five years.

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• Field Hockey: Washington 3, Muhlenberg 2. The Mules’ final home game of 2003 was much like their entire season: a very strong start, but a disappointing ending.

Muhlenberg (11-7, 3-6) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes on Sarah Fosdick’s first two goals of the season, but the Shorewomen (10-7, 6-4) came back and won in double overtime.

Danielle Kline, one of four Mule seniors playing at Scotty Wood Stadium for the last time, assisted on both goals.

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• Volleyball: Muhlenberg closed out its season with an 0-3 day at the Eastern Eagles Extravaganza. The Mules lost to Richard Stockton in five games and Eastern and Lebanon Valley in three each, finishing with a 10-22 record. Click here for box scores.

Mules Make History with Comeback

Senior Matt Bernardo rushed for 226 yards and a touchdown as the Muhlenberg football team defeated Gettysburg, 26-15, to clinch a share of its third straight Centennial Conference championship.

The Mules (5-2, 5-1) are the first team in the 21-year history of the CC to lose their league opener and come back to win the championship.

Muhlenberg will share the CC crown with either McDaniel or Johns Hopkins, who play each other on Nov. 15. If Hopkins wins that game, the Mules will earn the CC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Muhlenberg secured its come-from-behind championship with, appropriately, a come-from-behind win. Trailing, 15-13, at the start of the fourth quarter, the Mules scored two fourth-down touchdowns to pull out the win. A long kickoff return by senior Kodi Shay set up the go-ahead score, a 35-yard pass from junior Ryan Newman to Shay on a fourth-and-11 play with 12:34 to play in the game.

The Mules put the game away with 3:06 on the clock when senior linebacker Tony Briscella scored his second touchdown of the season on fourth-and-goal from the one.

Newman came on in relief in the second half and threw for 150 yards and two scores (both to Shay) to earn his first career win.

Bernardo’s 226-yard effort was the sixth-highest single-game total in school history and his third career 200-yard game.

The Muhlenberg defense, led by Briscella’s nine tackles, held the Bullets (5-3, 2-2) to six first downs and 110 total yards in the second half.

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Last updated November 1, 2003