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Volleyball Comes Back for Win
Mules Win Second CC Match in a Row

Junior Julie Lauro notched 28 kills and sophomore Kate Haggerty contributed 14 as the Muhlenberg volleyball team picked up an important Centennial Conference win at McDaniel (6-9, 3-2). The CC win was the second in as many tries for the Mules, while McDaniel dropped its second conference match in a row.

The Mules (8-11, 2-3) turned the match around dramatically after having just eight kills in a 30-16 loss in Game 1. Muhlenberg had at least 17 kills in the next three games to take the match. In the second game, Lauro tallied half of the Mules’ 18 kills.

Muhlenberg hit .400 in the second game, .410 in the fourth and a season-best .288 for the match.

Sophomore Monica Sella backed Lauro and Haggerty with nine kills, while junior Jen Weist led the defensive effort with 31 digs, just three short of the school record. Junior Mary Henning had a solid day at setter with 40 assists. Haggerty also contributed five aces on the afternoon.

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Muhlenberg let a 1-0 halftime lead slip away and suffered a 2-1 loss when regionally ranked Swarthmore scored on a diving header with 6:09 left in the second overtime.

The Mules (3-6-2, 1-3-1) scored in the 30th minute when junior James Henshaw headed in a direct kick from classmate Ryan Smallwood for his team-leading fifth goal of the season. The Garnet (8-2-1, 4-1) tied the score early in the second half and went on to defeat Muhlenberg for the first time since 1993.

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Despite dominating the second half, Muhlenberg could not score a goal and had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 1-0 loss at Dickinson.

The Red Devils (7-5, 4-1) scored off a penalty corner 5:13 into the game and outshot the Mules (8-4, 3-2) by a 9-1 margin in the first half.

Muhlenberg turned the tables in the second half, taking 12 shots to just one for Dickinson, but could not tie the game.

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Mules Scored 3 TDs in Fourth

The Muhlenberg football team broke open a tight game with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat Dickinson, 23-3, and pick up its first Centennial Conference win of the season.

With the score tied 3-3, the Mules (4-1, 1-1) began the fourth with an eight-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a 34-yard touchdown pass from senior Nick Rosetti to sophomore Stephen Montalto. Rosetti also completed third-down passes to sophomores Chris Giannini (10 yards) and Keith Shalvoy (19 yards) on the drive.

Senior Michael Della Pella intercepted a shovel pass midway through the quarter, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by freshman Ross Tanner. Tanner iced the win with a 27-yard run with 2:33 to play.

The Mule defense had another outstanding game, holding the Red Devils (3-2, 1-1) to 144 total yards, eight first downs and two conversions in 18 third-down tries. Dickinson had only two drives of more than six plays, and just one that netted more than 19 yards.

After allowing a 35-yard run on the third play of the game, Muhlenberg gave up 37 yards on the next 37 rushing attempts.

The defense was particularly stellar in the second quarter, when Dickinson started three straight drives inside the Muhlenberg 40 but came away with only one field goal. Junior Tom Wargacki ended one of the drives with his school record-tying fourth fumble recovery of the season.

Sophomore linebacker Dustin Martin led the Mules with a career-high 12 tackles, while senior linebacker Ryan Peer recorded seven stops, including a sack, blocked a punt and forced a fumble on a kickoff return.

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Last updated October 9, 2004