Football: Despite falling to 0-2 with a 22-9 loss, Muhlenberg
had plenty of positives in its Saturday game against McDaniel.
Daniel McCalls tip of this fourth-quarter
field-goal try was the Mules second blocked kick in as many games.
Photo courtesy of billjohnsonphotos.com.
The defense held the Green Terror to 79 yards on 41 carries an
average of 1.9 yards per try. This came a year after McDaniel ran up and
down the field on the Mules, to the tune of 295 rushing yards.
McDaniels six first-half possessions ended with five punts and a
fumble. Of the 25 plays the Green Terror ran, only two were in Muhlenberg
territory, and those were from the 44-yard line.
Senior linebacker Tony Briscella was named to the Centennial
Conference Weekly Honor Roll for his part in the defensive effort.
After managing only 202 total yards against Kings Point, the offense
produced 364 yards and had no three-and-out drives. Junior Nick
Rosetti, making his first career start at quarterback, threw for 245
yards the most by a Centennial Conference QB so far this season.
Senior Joe Getz downed his
two punts at the 1-yard line and the 6-yard line, with the second leading
up to the Mules lone touchdown.
We played a lot better, but it was the same old song, said Kodi
Shay, who also was named to the Honor Roll after gaining 284 all-purpose
Muhlenberg will try to change its tune next Saturday at Franklin &
Marshall, which had the week off after a 1-2 start. Elsewhere in the CC,
Johns Hopkins improved to 4-0 with a 21-0 shutout of Carnegie Mellon;
Ursinus blanked Mount Ida, 47-0; Gettysburg defeated Averett, 23-7; and
Dickinson suffered its first loss of the season, 21-0 to Kings Point.
After some recent frustration, the Mules wanted a fresh start.
Sophomore Amy Schmidt found the net first for
Muhlenberg against Johns Hopkins.
We were trying to erase whats happened before and start our
season with Hopkins, said freshman Kristen Cioeta.
Their new beginning was a good one. The Mules knocked off defending
conference champion Johns Hopkins, 2-0, Saturday at Varsity Field. It was
a much-needed win for a team that had started conference play on the wrong
The Mules gave up two goals in the first 20 minutes and played poorly
throughout a Sept. 20 loss to
McDaniel. It was not the way Muhlenberg had envisioned starting the
follow-up to last years 9-1 conference campaign.
We didnt play up to our potential, Cioeta said.
The team had a week off between games and was ready when the Blue Jays
arrived Saturday. The win avenged the Mules only CC loss of 2002 and
ended Hopkins three-game winning streak.
I think its pretty big, said Cioeta, whose second-half
goal, the first of her career, sealed the victory. Hopefully this
will turn everything around.
Muhlenberg is now headed in the right direction with the meat of the
conference schedule approaching. The win moved the Mules into the middle
of the CC pack and spared them the tough task of climbing out of an 0-2
hole. They host Swarthmore Tuesday before hitting the road for four
If last year is any indication, Saturdays win might give them the
momentum shift they need. After losing to Hopkins, the 2002 Mules won
their final nine games of the season.