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Bruschi Nets Second Hat Trick

Junior Kristen Bruschi scored three second-half goals for her second hat trick in 10 days as the Muhlenberg field hockey team posted a dramatic 3-2 win over Montclair State in a matchup of teams ranked in the
Alexa Sterbinsky
Sterbinsky leads the Mules with three assists.
top 10 in Division III.

The Mules (7-0), who won their 11th straight dating back to last year, entered the game ranked 10th, while the Red Hawks (4-1), fresh off a 4-3 win against top-ranked New Jersey, were ninth.

Montclair scored the lone goal of the first half, but Muhlenberg tied the score early in the second half when Bruschi tipped a long corner from senior Alissa Maurer inside the far post.

Less than five minutes later, the Mules took their first lead off one of their four penalty corners. Bruschi collected a rebound and took a shot that deflected off a Montclair defender and sailed across the goal line.

The Red Hawks knotted the score again with 12:31 on the clock when Megan Ulicny slammed in a shot. Just 16 seconds later, however, Bruschi took a long pass from sophomore Alexa Sterbinsky and barely nudged the shot past the Montclair goalie.

“It was a last resort shot,” Bruschi said. “It was a reverse sweep and it bounced in. ”

The game was not over yet, however, since Montclair came from two goals behind in the final three minutes to beat New Jersey last week and scored two goals in the final 90 second in a 3-2 win against Muhlenberg two years ago.

The Red Hawks had 11 penalty corners in the second half, including six after the go-ahead goal, but the Mules were able to hang on to their lead. Freshman Lauren Schram made all six of her saves in the second half.

“We knew they were good at scoring late, so we didn’t let up,” said Maurer. “Two years ago they came back and beat us. We weren’t going to let that happen again.”

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• Football: The Muhlenberg football game at Christopher Newport, which was postponed to tomorrow earlier in the week, has now been cancelled. The Newport News area was hit hard by Hurricane Isabel, and the CNU campus is without power. The Mules are scheduled to return to action after a two-week layoff on Saturday, Sept. 27, when they host McDaniel.

• Women’s Soccer: McDaniel 2, Muhlenberg 1. McDaniel scored two goals in the first 20 minutes and held on to defeat Muhlenberg in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams.

Junior Rebecca Armstrong scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season with 5:19 to play in the first half to cut the deficit in half, but the Mules (4-3-1) could not get the equalizer in the second half.

The loss was Muhlenberg’s first in a CC regular-season game to a team other than Johns Hopkins since 1999. Click here for box score.

• Men’s Tennis: Muhlenberg 4, Scranton 3. A 9-8 (10-8) win at No. 1 doubles proved to be the difference as the Mules won their first match of the fall season.

Junior Jeff Kraft, who teamed with senior Brian Barkauskas for the decisive doubles victory, also took a 6-1, 6-0 win at first singles. Sophomore Brad Gutwillig won at both doubles and singles as well.

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• Cross Country: The Muhlenberg women’s cross country team got caught in terrible traffic on the George Washington Bridge and arrived too late to compete in the NYU Invitational.

Mules Snap Long Hopkins Streak

Sophomore Jose Ramirez scored two goals to lead the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team to an inspired 3-1 win against Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams.

The Blue Jays (5-1-1) entered the match ranked eighth in Division III and with a record 29-game CC regular-season winning streak. The Mules (6-1) were ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region but are sure to move up after the big win.

Freshman Scott Clausen helped set up all three goals. Just 12 minutes into the game, he battled a Hopkins defender for a ball at the corner of the 6-yard box. The ball caromed out to Ramirez, who fired a low shot to the back corner of the net.

The Blue Jays had a golden opportunity to tie the score seven minutes later, but sophomore back Ryan Smallwood knocked a shot off the line to preserve the Muhlenberg lead.

Clausen teamed up with sophomore James Henshaw for a brilliant goal in the 29th minute, sending a perfect through ball to his speeding teammate for a one-on-one with the goalie. Henshaw took a couple of touches and beat the goalie to the far post for his fourth goal of the season.

Midway through the second half, Clausen beat a Hopkins defender on the end line, then sent a cross back through the goal mouth to Ramirez, whose shot found its way inside the far post.

Despite playing a man down for the final 22 minutes after a red card was issued, the Mules maintained their three-goal margin until the Blue Jays scored on a breakaway with just 39 seconds left.

Ramirez now leads Muhlenberg with five goals, and he has scored all 11 of his points in three games, since sitting out the Wilkes contest with an injury.

“Sometimes when you’re injured, it affects you mentally,” he said, noting that greater confidence and improved health have led to his improved play. “I just had to step up. Tonight was the perfect night.”

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Last updated September 20, 2003