Saturday, October 1, 2005
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Road Not Kind to Other Teams
Mens Cross Country Fifth at Dickinson
Running at the site of the NCAA Mideast Regional, the Muhlenberg mens cross country team finished fifth out of 33 squads at the Dickinson Invitational. The Mule women were 11th of 36 teams.
The meet was conducted with two races (a 4K and an 8K) for the men and two for the women (4K and 6K). Only three runners counted for each team in each race, and final team standings were calculated by combining the scores from the two runs.
All of Muhlenbergs runners competed in the longer distances, so the Mules did not figure in the combined team standings. Scoring the 8K and 6K normally, with five runners counting, the Muhlenberg men would have been third and the women ninth.
In field of more than 220 competitors, each Mule team had a runner finish in the top 10. Junior Steve Rothwell was seventh for the men, and senior Karen Mount placed eighth for the women.
With less than five minutes to play before halftime, Duffy picked up a loose ball in a scramble in front of Hopkins net and cut the deficit to 2-1.
Hopkins scored just two and a half minutes into the second half to increase its lead. Junior Jessica Hand recorded the second goal for the Mules (6-5, 1-2) on a pass from sophomore Kelly Shetron halfway through the second half to make the score 3-2. Once again, the Blue Jays (4-5, 1-1) expanded their lead to two goals a few minutes later.
Duffy netted her second goal of the game with under five minutes to play off a penalty corner.
LATE TOUCHDOWN FOILS FOOTBALL
For the second straight game, turnovers proved costly as the Muhlenberg football team fell at Franklin & Marshall, 15-9, in its Centennial Conference opener.
The Mules (1-3) committed six turnovers, and although the defense prevented the Diplomats (2-2) from turning them into points, the turnovers limited the offenses productivity.
In fact, Muhlenberg scored all of its points on defense and special teams, building a 9-0 lead early in the second quarter. Midway through the first quarter, with F&M punting from its own 10-yard line, senior Antoine Williams broke through and blocked the punt. He had a chance to recover the ball in the end zone, but a Diplomat fell on the ball, and the Mules had to settle for a safety.
On the third offensive play of the second quarter, one play after a Diplomat interception, a failed pitch bounced right into the arms of senior Dan McCall, who raced 72 yards for his first career touchdown. McCall missed by three yards the school record for longest fumble return for a touchdown, held by current Athletic Director Sam Beidleman.
F&M scored a touchdown with just over eight minutes left in the half to narrow the gap to 9-7. The Diplomats had the only score of the second half. With 5:52 to play in the game, F&M scored a 7-yard touchdown on a halfback option pass and completed the two-point conversion.
Before scoring the go-ahead touchdown, F&M drove into Muhlenberg territory four times in the second half, but the Mule defense turned them away with an interception, missed field goal, punt and fumble.
Muhlenberg took possession at its own 9-yard line with 1:48 left in the game, needing a touchdown to win, and drove to the Diplomat 49. The Mules hopes ended on an interception with 8.9 seconds to play.
Senior Mark Bennett led the defense with 12 tackles, while junior Jeff Morrow added a career-high 11. Sophomore Dustin Good had his first career interception to go along with eight tackles.
Sophomore Jonathan Kliewer scored the lone goal of the game in the first half to give Muhlenberg a 1-0 victory at McDaniel.
The Mules (7-2, 3-1) rebounded from their loss to Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday and now sit back in second place in the Centennial Conference. The lone team ahead of them, Swarthmore, is scheduled to visit Allentown for the Homecoming match next Saturday.
Senior Christopher King found Kliewer with a through ball just 11:11 into the game for the only score. Kliewer is Muhlenbergs leading scorer in CC matches with five points in four games.
The Mules made the goal stand up, as the Green Terror (6-3-1, 2-1-1), previously unbeaten in the conference, managed just six shots. Muhlenberg improved to 6-1 at McDaniel since 1993.
The Mules (2-5-2, 1-2-1) were able to keep Haverford, the second highest-scoring team in the Centennial Conference, in check for most of the game. The Fords (8-2, 3-1) took a 1-0 lead 13:52 into the game and scored their other goal with just over 14 minutes to play in the game.
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Last updated October 1, 2005