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FIELD HOCKEY SCORES LATE FOR WIN
Cross Country: Women and Uniszkiewicz Win
Soccer Teams Victorious
Women Defeat Moravian, Nine Other Teams

A little bit of rain isn’t enough to slow down the Muhlenberg cross country teams.

The Mule women took home the team title and got a big win over traditional power Moravian, while senior Rob Uniszkiewicz won the men’s race in the Mule/Falcon Classic at a rain-soaked Cedar Crest College.

Karen Mount led the way for the Mule women, finishing a career-best third-place. She was joined in the top 10 by junior Jenna Belisonzi, who finished fourth, and senior Diana Garretto, who was seventh.

The Mules final two scoring runners were not far behind, as Erica Norey finished 13th and Gail Morris grabbed the 24th spot. The Mules finished with a total of 50 points, good for first place and three better than rival and cross country powerhouse Moravian.

After losing to the Greyhounds by only six points in the first meet of the year, the Mules have been after Moravian ever since.

“This is where we really wanted to beat them, at our invitational,” Mount said.

There was a championship for the Mules on the men’s side too, as Uniszkiewicz won the race by a convincing 49 seconds for his first career individual title.

“I love these conditions,” Uniszkiewicz said. “There’s a lot of guys who are faster than me, but the weather’s a great equalizer.”

No one was faster than Uniszkiewicz on this rainy day. He grabbed the lead less than two miles into the five-mile race and left the other 49 runners behind.

The rest of the injury-depleted men’s squad came through with a solid performance to land the Mules in third place, led by Lex Mercado in eighth and Nathan Horst in 11th.

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WOMEN’S GAME CLOSE, MEN’S NOT SO; ANOTHER SPLIT FOR VOLLEYBALL

• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 2, Wilkes 1. The Mules scored two goals in less than a minute to come from behind and won.

Down 1-0 in the second half, the Mules (4-1-1) tied it when freshman midfielder Kristen Cioeta shot the ball from the right side. Lady Colonel goalkeeper Katie Green tipped the ball wide, but it kept rolling to Rebecca Armstrong, who knocked it home for her team-leading fifth goal of the year. The assist was Cioeta’s first collegiate point.

Only 50 seconds later, Dawn Iberer gave the Mules the lead with a hard shot past a diving Green for her fourth score of the season.

Freshman goalkeeper Kayla Boisvert had nine saves and senior back Katrina Custance had one of her own, getting her body in front of a Wilkes (1-2-2) shot on the goal line in the 74th minute.

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• Men’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 7, Scranton 0. Sophomores Joey Benner and Jose Ramirez both netted their first two goals of the season as the Mules scored late and often to win their third straight.

Muhlenberg (4-1) led winless Scranton only 1-0 at halftime, then got some breathing room when senior Justin Henning scored two minutes into the second half. It remained 2-0 until the 75th minute, when Ramirez scored the first of his two goals. The Mules then poured in four goals in the final eight minutes, the last with just three seconds remaining.

Sophomore James Henshaw had a goal and an assist, and freshman Alex Hamill recorded his first two career points with a pair of assists.

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• Volleyball: Muhlenberg 3, Montclair State 1; Elizabethtown 3, Muhlenberg 0. The Mules split for the second straight day at the Scranton Invitational.

Muhlenberg (6-7) advanced to the final of the Purple Bracket by defeating Montclair State in four games, but was swept by Elizabethtown.

Sophomore Julie Lauro had 20 kills and 21 digs in the Montclair match for her third “20-20” match of the season. Classmate Jen Weist added a career-high 24 digs, and freshman Monica Sella recorded a career-best 10 kills.

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Freshmen Help Mules Avenge 5-0 Loss

Freshman LisaAnn Polt scored the lone goal of the game with 3:50 remaining to give the Muhlenberg field hockey team an important win over Susquehanna in a showdown between nationally ranked teams.

The Mules (5-0) entered the game ranked 12th in Division III, while the Crusaders (2-1) were 19th. Last year, Susquehanna was ranked 12th when it handed Muhlenberg its worst defeat of the season, 5-0.

“A lot of this had to do with last year’s game,” admitted junior Sarah Fosdick, who started for a defense that recorded its fourth shutout of the season. “We wanted revenge.”

Fosdick and her defensive mates saw plenty of action, as the Crusaders controlled play for much of the game and outshot the Mules, 12-3. Freshman goalie Lauren Schram had a huge game, with eight saves – two more than she made in the first four games combined.

“She was amazing,” said Fosdick of Schram. “She hadn’t really been tested before in a game situation – it’s not the same as in practice. Now we know what she can do.”

Two other first-year players teamed up for the only goal. Sara Levin, just into the game, made a pass into the circle to Polt, whose shot spun away from the Susquehanna goalie on the wet AstroTurf and trickled into the net.

Muhlenberg has won nine straight – two against top-20 teams – dating back to last season and is 5-0 for the first time since 1990.

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Last updated September 13, 2003