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August 1-24, 2003
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August 6: Muhlenberg football picked to win Centennial;
Ranked 14th by Football Gazette

Coming off two straight seasons with a share of the league title, Muhlenberg took the top spot in the Centennial Conference preseason football poll.

Expectations are high for Muhlenberg after last year’s 10-2 season and trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mules received 10 of 14 first-place votes in the poll of CC coaches and sports information directors. This is the first time Muhlenberg has topped the CC preseason poll.

The Mules are also receiving national attention. Muhlenberg is ranked 14th in the Football Gazette preseason poll, the school’s highest national ranking ever. Earlier this summer, the Mules were ranked 17th in the Street & Smith’s preseason poll.

School 2002
MUHLENBERG (10) 5-1 73
Johns Hopkins (4) 5-1 62
McDaniel 5-1 54
Dickinson 3-3 32
Gettysburg 1-5 28
F & M 2-4 25
Ursinus 0-6 23

August 11: Macaluso named manager of the year: Bob MacalusoMuhlenberg baseball coach Bob Macaluso has been named manager of the year by the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Macaluso led the Brewster Whitecaps to a 24-16-3 record and a share of the Eastern Division title in his first year as manager. He was an assistant coach for Brewster the previous three summers.

The CCBL is the premier NCAA-sanctioned collegiate summer league and currently lists 183 former players competing in the major leagues. Macaluso’s Brewster team included players from Louisiana State, Miami, Southern California, Notre Dame, South Carolina and other Division I schools.

Macaluso has led Muhlenberg to back-to-back 20-win seasons, including a school-record 23 victories in 2002.

August 14: Men’s cross country picked second in CC preseason poll: The Muhlenberg men’s cross country team has been picked to finish second in the Centennial Conference preseason coaches poll.

The Mules had 54 points in the poll, 10 behind Haverford, which was a unanimous choice to win its 11th straight CC title. Dickinson received one first-place vote (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team) and was third in the poll with 50 points.

Last year, Muhlenberg finished second at the CC championship meet, trailing Haverford by 11 points — the closest anyone has come to the Fords in CC history. The Mules return two All-CC performers in senior Rob Uniszkiewicz (first team) and sophomore Alex Hotz (second team).

Muhlenberg is scheduled to host the CC Championships at DeSales on Nov. 1 and opens its 2003 season on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Marywood’s Labor Day Invitational.

In other CC polls released this week, Muhlenberg women’s cross country was selected for sixth place and field hockey was tabbed seventh.

Click here for cross country polls.
Click here for field hockey poll.

August 21: Soccer teams predicted to return to playoffs: Both Muhlenberg soccer teams were picked to make return trips to the playoffs in their respective Centennial Conference preseason coaches polls.

The men’s team came in second in their poll with 68 points. Defending CC champion Johns Hopkins was the preseason favorite, garnering eight first-place votes and 80 points. Gettysburg finished third with 65 points and a pair of first-place votes. Last year, the Mules tied for third place with a 6-3 CC mark and played Johns Hopkins to a scoreless tie in the first round of the league playoffs before falling on penalty kicks. Muhlenberg has finished third or higher in its league in 16 of the last 17 seasons.

The women’s team, which has won three consecutive regular-season championships, was selected third. Johns Hopkins finished first in the poll with 96 points and six first-place votes. Gettysburg (88 points and two first-place nods) was second, followed closely by the Mules (85 points, two first-place votes). Franklin & Marshall got the other first-place vote and placed fourth in the poll. Muhlenberg is 27-2-1 in CC play the last three regular seasons, with both losses coming at Johns Hopkins.

Click here for men’s soccer poll.
Click here for women’s soccer poll.

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Last updated August 21, 2003