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Note: Men’s golf results from Susquehanna will be posted on Saturday.


Johns Hopkins struck the final blow in a wild, back-and-forth game, scoring 2:23 into overtime for a 5-4 win.

Muhlenberg (6-4, 1-2) twice came back from a one-goal deficit to take a one-goal lead on a Blue Jay (6-4, 2-0) squad that had defeated two top-20 teams in its last four games, including a 5-1 dismantling of No. 18 Gettysburg on Wednesday.

After Hopkins jumped on top, the Mules scored the tying goal just 64 seconds later when junior Jillian Duffy converted a long hit from freshman Tara Cohn. Ten minutes later, senior Jessica Hand gave Muhlenberg a 2-1 lead, which stood up the rest of the half.

The Blue Jays scored twice in the first 14 minutes of the second half to regain a one-goal lead, but the Mules came right back with two goals in a span of 2:24 to take back their one-goal advantage. Both goals came off penalty corners, with senior LisaAnn Polt and Duffy doing the scoring.

Hopkins tied the game with 9:52 left in regulation. The 5-4 final fit right in with recent JHU 4-3 wins in 2000 and 2005, but it was the first time Muhlenberg scored four goals and lost since 1969.

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Haverford scored the lone goal off a giveaway early in the second half, sending Muhlenberg (4-5, 1-3) to its third straight Centennial Conference loss.

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The Muhlenberg men’s cross country team came in second out of 25 teams in an
Lex Mercado
Mercado’s previous best finish was sixth at the 2004 McDaniel Invitational.
impressive showing at Lehigh’s Paul Short Invitational.

The Mules were six points behind Ithaca, which won the invite for the second year in a row, and beat four Centennial Conference teams, including two that finished ahead of them at last year’s CC Championship meet. Muhlenberg was 30 points ahead of Dickinson and 103 better than Swarthmore.

It was the best race for the Mules since they finished fourth at the 2002 NCAA Mideast Regional.

Muhlenberg was the only school with three runners in the top 10 in the field of 273. Seniors Lex Mercado, Stephen Rothwell and Tim Seeley placed second, sixth and ninth, respectively.

All six Mules who ran on the same course at the Lehigh Valley Championships four weeks ago improved their times by at least 10 seconds, with Rothwell showing a 1:19 gain. Sophomore Timothy Van Syckle knocked 41 seconds off his time, moving up to be Muhlenberg’s fourth finisher.

The Mule women were 14th out of 27 teams and also showed improvement from the Lehigh Valley Championships across the board.

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Last updated September 29, 2006