Saturday, September 16, 2006
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Football Drops First Game
Union Ends Game on 27-0 Run
The 22nd-ranked Union football team scored the last 27 points of the game to hand Muhlenberg its first loss of the season, 34-7.
The Mules (2-1) had tied the game at 7-7 on the first play of the second quarter when senior Derek DiMattina caught a 12-yard pass from sophomore Eric Santagato. On the next play from scrimmage, sophomore Nick Colson returned his first career interception to the Dutchmen 35, but Muhlenberg was stopped on fourth-and-1.
Union scored the go-ahead touchdown two drives later, capitalizing on a fumble, and by the next time the Mules penetrated the Union 40-yard line they were down 20 points.
Muhlenberg also failed to convert an early turnover into points. On the first play from scrimmage, sophomore Brandon Doyle forced a fumble after a screen pass went for a long gain. Senior Matt Loesch recovered the ball, and the Mules drove to the Union 18, but they had to settle for a long field-goal attempt, which was blocked.
DiMattina and junior Matt Johnson caught five passes apiece for Muhlenberg, while Santagato threw for a career-high 156 yards.
Junior Tom Taristano led the defense with eight tackles. Junior Chris Swensen registered three tackles for loss.
Muhlenberg (4-7) dropped a pair of matches at Moravian, falling to the host for the second time this season before getting swept by FDU-Florham.
Senior Kate Haggerty totaled 24 kills in the two matches to surpass the 800-kill mark for her career. She had five kills in seven attempts in the third game of the FDU-Florham match.
Sophomore Megan Eiser narrowly missed a triple-double in the Moravian match, accumulating 13 digs to go along with career highs of 32 assists and nine kills. She added 32 more assists against FDU.
Moravians four-game win sliced Muhlenbergs lead in the Matte Award to 2-1.
Montclair scored three goals in the final 7:47 of the half, then added two goals 30 seconds apart in the second half for a 6-1 win.
Senior Kate Moyer assisted on the Mules lone goal and also made a defensive save. (corrected 9/20/06)
Muhlenberg is 4-2 with both of its losses coming to top-20 teams.
The Muhlenberg cross country teams found success on both sides of the
state of Pennsylvania.
The Mules sent half their teams to Waynesburg to run the course that will be used in November for the NCAA Mideast Regional. The rest of the runners stayed home to compete in the Mule/Falcon Classic at Cedar Crest.
Both Muhlenberg teams finished fifth at Waynesburg. The men had an especially encouraging meet, finishing only two points behind 2005 Centennial Conference runner-up Dickinson, a noteworthy accomplishment this early in the season. Senior Stephen Rothwell was 12th overall and second among CC runners.
The women, whose top five were a freshman, three sophomores and a junior, were paced by junior Sara Gearin in 18th place.
Back home, the men were fifth and the women eighth. Freshman Patrick Thornton crossed the finish line fifth.
Senior William Trevethick finished 14th, a three-place improvement from last year, at the Mule/Falcon Classic.
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Last updated September 16, 2006