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CC Playoffs: Women’s Soccer In, Volleyball Out

The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team clinched a berth in the Centennial Conference playoffs when Johns Hopkins came from behind to defeat Dickinson, 2-1, on a penalty kick with 10 seconds left. The CC playoffs begin on Wednesday, Nov. 3, with the fourth seed hosting the fifth seed. The Mules are currently in fourth place.

The volleyball team was eliminated from the playoff picture when it lost to Franklin & Marshall in four games.

After dropping the first game, the Mules (10-14, 4-5) evened the match by winning the second. Muhlenberg scored the final four points to pull out a 30-26 victory, with a kill by freshman Jess Anselmi ending the game.

Muhlenberg could not repeat its 2003 upset of F&M, however, as the Diplomats (19-9, 8-1) won easily in Games 3 and 4.

Junior Julie Lauro had 16 kills and 16 digs to move within 11 of the 1,000-dig mark for her career. Junior Jen Weist added 26 digs, increasing her career total to 952.

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Mules Ranked in Top 30

After another solid performance in Saturday’s game at Johns Hopkins, the Muhlenberg football team leads Division III in two defensive categories.

The Mules continue to be No. 1 in total defense, allowing 156.4 yards per game. Mt. Union, second at 187.3, is the only other team in Division III giving up fewer than 200 yards per game. Muhlenberg opponents have gained more than 173 yards only once in seven games.

The Mules also moved to the top in rushing defense for the first time this year. ’Berg is allowing 31.3 yards per game on the ground, just ahead of Mt. Union’s average of 34.0. Opponents have gained only 219 rushing yards on 218 carries this year, including 12 yards on 52 carries the last two weeks.

Muhlenberg is fifth in scoring defense, at 8.7 points per game, and has allowed only one offensive touchdown in 22 quarters. Trinity (Conn.) leads Division III in scoring defense with an average of 6.4 points per game, just ahead of McDaniel (6.5), the Mules’ opponent next week.

Muhlenberg also is 13th in Division III in pass efficiency defense with a rating of 81.5 and has not allowed a passing touchdown in 158 attempts.

In rankings that are subjective, the Mules are close to cracking the top 25 in Division III. They are ranked 27th in the poll. Two of their final three regular-season opponents are ranked higher: McDaniel is No. 22 and Moravian is No. 25.

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Last updated October 26, 2004