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HOMECOMING PREVIEW
Key CC Contests for Four Mule Teams
FIELD HOCKEY
vs. Dickinson,
Friday at 6:00

It is a true Homecoming for the Muhlenberg field hockey team, which (for the second time this season) returns to Scotty Wood Stadium after a two-week stretch of road games.

“We’re so excited to be back at home,” said junior Jessica Hand. “We can’t wait.”

No wonder. The Mules (7-5, 2-2) are 2-5 on the road, but they are a perfect 5-0 at home. This is the third straight year the field hockey team has kicked off Homecoming weekend with a Friday night game, and the first two times it scored a 3-0 victory.

Muhlenberg’s opponent is Dickinson, which celebrated its 2004 Homecoming by dealing the Mules a 1-0 defeat. The Red Devils scored an early goal and held on despite getting outshot, 12-1, in the second half.

Dickinson went on to tie for second place in the Centennial Conference but has fallen on hard times this season. The Red Devils are 2-8 overall and have allowed a league-high four goals per game.

The game is an important one for the Mules as they pursue a CC playoff berth. Muhlenberg has five game remaining after Friday night, and three of them are against nationally ranked teams.

VOLLEYBALL
vs. McDaniel,
Saturday at 12:00

After breaking a six-match skid with a sweep of Bryn Mawr on Wednesday, Muhlenberg will look to keep the momentum with its Centennial Conference match against McDaniel. The Mules will also play Catholic at 4:00.

The Mules are 9-8 overall and 2-2 in the CC. McDaniel has a similar overall record (8-7), but is 4-1 in the CC. The Green Terror has some unusual results: Four days after losing a non-conference match to Washington (which is winless in the CC), McDaniel came back from two games down to snap Gettysburg’s 29-match CC winning streak.

Muhlenberg won at McDaniel last year but hasn’t defeated the Green Terror at home since 1995. The Mules are 5-1 this season at Memorial Hall, where they have not played since Sept. 21.

“My senior Homecoming means a lot to me,” said Julie Lauro. “We have a lot of our alumni coming to watch us play two very successful teams. It’ll be very emotional, especially for the three of us who have been together for four years. We want to combine our momentum from our last win with the excitement of Homecoming to finish off a successful run with Muhlenberg.“

FOOTBALL
vs. Dickinson,
Saturday at 1:00

Two of the five teams that tied for the 2004 Centennial Conference championship will try to right their ships when Dickinson visits Muhlenberg.

The game will be broadcast live on WMUH 91.7 FM. To listen in, click here. To follow the game statistics live, click here.

Both the Mules and Red Devils have dropped three straight after winning their season openers, and both turned the ball over six times in their CC openers last week.

Muhlenberg has won six straight against Dickinson, although it needed three fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull out a 23-3 victory last year.

“I expect a tough game,” said senior cornerback Justin Adair. “They always find a way to play us hard.”

Surprisingly, this will be the Mules’ first Saturday afternoon home game of the season. They have played three of their first four games on the road, and their lone home game was at night.

“We were disappointed with that last home game under the lights,” said Adair, referring to the 22-14 loss to Union. “Hopefully we can get back on track in front of our fans.”

MEN’S SOCCER
vs. Swarthmore,
Saturday at 7:00

“It’s going to be about as intense as it gets,” says senior back Adam Milberg of the Mules’ showdown with Swarthmore.

The Garnet (10-1 overall), ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is the lone remaining undefeated team in Centennial Conference play. Muhlenberg (7-3, 3-1) is a game behind, and every other team has at least two blemishes on its record.

Swarthmore had lost 10 straight games to the Mules before winning in double overtime, 2-1, last year. The Garnet has not won in Allentown since 1993, but this is a much-improved Swarthmore team – one that has allowed only one goal in its current seven-game winning streak.

Muhlenberg will look to continue the good part of its odd trend of winning on the weekends but not during the week. The Mules are 6-0 on Saturday and Sunday but only 1-3 on Wednesday. Their latest loss came in double overtime at regionally ranked Elizabethtown.

“We played a great game Wednesday,” said Milberg. “Even though we didn’t get the result we wanted we hope to ride that momentum.”


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Last updated October 6, 2005