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Monday, November 17, 2003
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A weekly look at what’s going on in the Centennial Conference:


Johns Hopkins earned a bid to the ECACs and will host King’s in the South Atlantic championship game on Saturday.

Men’s Soccer

Johns Hopkins swept to the ECAC title, posting home wins against DeSales (9-2), Wesley (2-0) and McDaniel (6-0), to finish with an 18-3-1 record. McDaniel made it to the final as the seventh seed before losing to the Blue Jays for the third time this season.

Women’s Soccer

Johns Hopkins fell to Moravian, 3-2 in overtime, in the first round of the ECAC Tournament. Moravian wound up losing to Carnegie Mellon in the championship game.

Field Hockey

Johns Hopkins won its NCAA Tournament opener, defeating Wesley, 5-1, but fell in the second round to New Jersey, 4-0. TCNJ went on to nip Skidmore in double-overtime and will join Salisbury, Middlebury and Cortland State in the national semifinals ... Ursinus captured the ECAC title with victories against McDaniel (5-2), Oneonta State (4-3) and William Paterson (1-0).


Gettysburg went 1-1 in the NCAA Tournament, sweeping Scranton before getting swept by Eastern. The Bullets finished the season with a 33-6 record ... Johns Hopkins was eliminated in the first round of the ECAC Tournament by eventual champion Carnegie Mellon.

Shay Named Player of the Year

Senior Kodi Shay of the Muhlenberg football team has been named Kodi Shay offensive player of the year by the Centennial Conference.

A first-team selection as both a wide receiver and a kick returner, Shay was one of 12 Mules named to the All-CC team, including nine on the first team.

Shay is Muhlenberg’s third player of the year in the last four seasons, following in the footsteps of Joshua Carter (2000) and Justin Jones (2002). He leads the CC and ranks among the national leaders in receiving yards per game (101.9), all-purpose yards per game (193.7), punt returns (13.7 average), kickoff returns (31.9 average) and scoring (13 touchdowns). This is Shay’s second straight year on the All-CC first team as a kick returner; he was All-CC second team for wide receiver last year.

Even though he missed two of six CC games with an injury, senior running back Matt Bernardo was a unanimous choice to the All-CC first team. He is only the fifth Muhlenberg football player, after Carter (1999-01), Bob Powers (1988-90), Art Kopacz (1984-86) and Tom Neumann (1983-85), to earn All-CC first-team honors three years in a row. Bernardo became the league’s all-time leader in touchdowns (66) in 2003 and leads the Rob Sherman conference in rushing yards per game (124.6).

Senior offensive tackle Chris Radomski, a unanimous selection, and senior tight end Rob Sherman (left) also repeated on the first team. Radomski, the Mules’ top offensive lineman, opened holes for Bernardo and helped the team average 340.2 yards and 25.0 points per game. Sherman Tony Briscella has caught seven passes for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Two other Muhlenberg players were voted onto the first team unanimously: senior linebacker Tony Briscella (right) and senior offensive tackle Frank Santini. Briscella, a second-team selection last year, leads Muhlenberg with 76 tackles.

Also landing on the first team for the first time are senior free safety Michael Della Pella Thanasis Petrakis, a 2002 second-team choice who has 35 tackles, six pass breakups and four interceptions; sophomore defensive end Daniel McCall, the team leader with a school-record 10½ sacks; and junior defensive tackle Michael Della Pella (left), who has 44 tackles and four blocked kicks.

Senior cornerback Joe Getz and junior linebacker Dan Walker were named to the second team, and sophomore offensive guard Mike Leanch received honorable mention.

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Last updated November 17, 2003