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• Men’s Soccer: Spectators at Muhlenberg’s game against Scranton were treated to a version of “The Late Show,” as the Mules scored on four consecutive shots in the final eight minutes to turn a 3-0 game into a 7-0 win.

Coming on the heels of Wednesday’s 6-0 blanking of Wilkes, it marked the first time since 1997 that the Mules scored at least six goals in consecutive games. They had not shut out back-to-back opponents by such large margins since 1975.

The offensive surge was a welcome one for a team that had scored only 36 goals in its previous 25 games. Muhlenberg is outscoring its opponents 17-1 in five games this season; last year, it took the team 16 games to score 17 goals.

Equally impressive is the Mules’ offensive balance: The 17 goals have been scored by 10 different players, and 13 players have recorded points.

Muhlenberg, whose next two games are against teams it lost to last year (Moravian and Johns Hopkins), has outshot its opponents 123-32 and has a 37-7 edge in corner kicks.

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• Field Hockey: Muhlenberg’s 1-0 win against No. 19 Susquehanna extended its overall winning streak to nine games and its home streak to eight. The Mules have won 14 of their last 15 at Scotty Wood Stadium, outscoring their opponents 37-5 during that span.

Muhlenberg travels to Delaware Valley for its first game on grass on Tuesday, then welcomes another nationally ranked team in No. 17 Montclair State next Saturday.

The last time the Mules started out 5-0 was 1990, when they won their first 14 and climbed as high as No. 5 in the national rankings.

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• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg extended an impressive streak by edging Wilkes on Saturday. The Mules have defeated the Lady Colonels in each of their 13 years as a varsity team, coming from behind at halftime to win the last two years.

Muhlenberg’s four goals this week were scored by seniors Dawn Iberer and Courtney Levine and junior Rebecca Armstrong (two). Those three have been involved in 48 of the team’s 54 goals since the start of the 2002 season.

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• Volleyball: Sophomore Julie Lauro broke her own school record with 31 kills in a four-game win against William Paterson. It was her second 30-kill match of the season; she had 30 in a five-game match against DeSales.

The young Muhlenberg team, which has almost two weeks off before its next action, is a few points away from having an 8-5 record. The Mules lost two fifth games by two points.

CROSS COUNTRY

Women's cross country wins Mule/Falcon Classic

The win by the Muhlenberg women’s cross country team in the Mule/Falcon Classic was a long time coming.

Not since the 1991 Mideast Regional had the Mules defeated Moravian’s varsity team in a head-to-head meet. The Greyhounds have qualified for the NCAA Championships nine times since then, finishing third three times, including once as recently as 2001.

“That was our goal,” said sophomore Karen Mount, who finished third overall. “They only beat us by six points in the first race of the year, so we knew we could beat them.”

The title was the fifth for Muhlenberg in the 11 years of the invitational. Senior Diana Garretto finished in the top 10 for the third straight year, crossing the line in seventh place.

For the men, senior Rob Uniszkiewicz breezed to his first career gold medal, outdistancing the second-place finisher by 49 seconds. His biggest challenge was keeping sharp with no competitors in sight.

“It’s really difficult because when you get tired, you get lazy and there’s no one there to push you,” Uniszkiewicz said.

Uniszkiewicz joins Will Elson (2000) as the only two Muhlenberg runners to win the Mule/Falcon Classic. Saturday’s race was the final one in a successful career on his “home” course, finishing fourth in the Mule/Falcon Classic as a freshman and second the following year. He did not run last year’s race.


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Last updated September 14, 2003