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Field Hockey Close to Elimination

The Muhlenberg field hockey team was all but eliminated from Centennial Conference playoff contention with a 4-0 loss at No. 12 Franklin & Marshall.

The Mules (9-7, 4-5) had a 17-12 advantage in shots but could not find the back of the cage. The Diplomats (14-3, 7-2) scored three goals in the final 20:10 to break open a 1-0 game.

Muhlenberg’s lone chance to get in the playoffs is to beat Washington in Saturday’s finale and have McDaniel suffer an improbable loss to Bryn Mawr. A McDaniel win would result in a three-way tie for fifth place, and the Mules would lose the tiebreaker.

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Eight different players scored points as the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team defeated Haverford, 5-0, in its final home game of the season.

At the same time, McDaniel was defeating Gettysburg, 1-0. The Mules and Bullets are now tied for the fifth and final Centennial Conference playoff spot. Should they remain tied after Saturday’s game, Muhlenberg would win the tiebreaker because of its head-to-head victory.

If the Mules (7-7-2, 4-3-1) do make the playoffs, they will enter the postseason playing as well as they have all season. Muhlenberg has won four in a row, putting 15 goals on the board after scoring only 16 in the first 12 games of the season.

Junior Christopher King opened the scoring by deflecting in a Jonathan Kliewer cross in the 18th minute. King has scored a point in five straight games.

Just before halftime, junior James Henshaw scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season to put the Mules up 2-0.

The Fords (4-13, 2-6) held a 7-6 advantage in shots at the break, but it was all Muhlenberg in the second 45. The Mules took 13 shots, putting in two.

Sophomore Alex Hamill played a role in the first two goals of the second half, both of which came in the first nine minutes. After Hamill’s shot was blocked by a defender, junior Jose Ramirez collected the rebound, dribbled and fired a left-footed shot into the net from just outside the box.

Hamill later drew a foul outside the box, and freshman Wesley Deininger drilled the direct kick for his third goal.

Sophomore Will Martinez headed in a rebound late in the game.

Senior Chris Davis, who along with Ryan Melchior was playing his final home game, made three saves in 72 minutes.

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Last updated October 27, 2004