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The men’s soccer match against Swarthmore was postponed due to rain and will be rescheduled on Monday.

FOOTBALL REIGNS IN RAIN
Two Break Digs Record in Volleyball Split
MULES REBOUND TO DEFEAT CATHOLIC

Seniors Jen Weist and Julie Lauro both surpassed the previous school record for digs as the Muhlenberg volleyball team split a home tri-match.

The Mules (10-9, 2-3) dropped their Centennial Conference match to McDaniel in four games, but came back to defeat Catholic in four.

Weist had 36 digs in the two matches, bringing her career total to 1,242. Lauro totalled 43 digs and now has 1,239 for her career. The previous mark of 1,227 was held by Dana Ferrelli (1999-02).

After falling behind 12-2 in the first game against Catholic, Muhlenberg used strong defensive play and worked its way back into the game. Senior Mary Henning had two runs of six consecutive serves during that game, including recording three aces in a row at one point.

Weist and Lauro both surpassed Ferrelli in digs during the second game, the Mules’ second 30-26 win in a row. Catholic rebounded to win the third game, but the Mules came on strong in the fourth game to earn the split for the day.

In the opener, two big Mule comebacks did not translate into victory against the Green Terror (9-7, 5-1), which is tied for first in the Centennial Conference.

In the first game, Muhlenberg was on the brink of defeat, trailing 28-25, before rallying to win, 32-30. After dropping the second game by the same 32-30 score, the Mules erased an 18-6 deficit in Game 3 to forge a 26-all tie. The Green Terror recovered to score the last four points and won the fourth game handily.

Lauro recorded 18 kills and 21 digs, while junior Kate Haggerty tied a season high with 13 kills and had five blocks. Sophomore Megan Young served up a career-high seven aces.

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Senior linebacker Dan McCall blocked two punts, returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown and recorded a fourth-down sack to lead the Muhlenberg football team to a 20-2 Homecoming win against Dickinson.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Mules (2-3, 1-1)
Chris Musselman
Junior Chris Musselman had two sacks, contributing to a Mule defense that has allowed Dickinson only 11 points on its last three trips to Allentown.
and made Mike Donnelly the winningest head coach in Muhlenberg football history. He has a nine-year career record of 55-35 and had been tied with Frank Marino (1970-80) since the Mules won their season opener on Sept. 2.

The game was played in a heavy rainfall that produced puddles on the Scotty Wood Stadium field. The teams combined for only 363 yards, with Muhlenberg allowing only 128 yards, including 51 on 37 rushing plays.

“It was fun out there, especially for the defense,” said sophomore linebacker Dustin Good, who tied for the team lead with six tackles. “We knew they would be running anyway, and with the weather, it made their plays easier to predict. We are real proud of the way we played. We really built up some momentum for future games.”

Dickinson (1-4, 0-2) drove to the Mule 16-yard line on its second possession, but on fourth-and-2, McCall sacked Matt Torchia for an 8-yard loss. Three plays later, sophomore Matt Johnson, making his first career start at quarterback, eluded heavy pressure by scrambling left and then right before tossing a long ball to senior Kyle Douglass, who was open behind the Red Devil secondary. Douglass ran untouched into the end zone to complete the 71-yard play and score his fourth touchdown of the season.

McCall blocked a punt on Dickinson’s ensuing possession, but Muhlenberg lost a fumble at the Red Devil 11 on the first play of the second quarter. Dickinson took over and drove into Mule territory before fumbling. McCall picked up the bouncing ball and ran 55 yards for a touchdown – his second fumble return for a score in as many weeks.

The Red Devils averted a shutout by blocking a punt out of the end zone early in the third quarter. Muhlenberg tacked on an insurance score on freshman John DeLuca’s first career touchdown, a 5-yard run, early in the fourth quarter. The score came three plays after a Dickinson fumble.

DeLuca led all backs with 47 rushing yards on 18 carries, while Johnson completed eight of 14 passes for 137 yards.

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Last updated October 8, 2005