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2000-01 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of January 22 to January 28
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Muhlenberg College has announced that it will reinstate men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport. The team will participate at the club level through the spring of 2002 and is expected to play a full Division III schedule the following year.

Muhlenberg sponsored a men’s lacrosse team from 1966 to 1980. It has existed as a club sport since then. Men’s lacrosse will bring Muhlenberg’s varsity sports total to 22, 11 for men and 11 for women.

Men’s lacrosse is currently sponsored by 122 Division III institutions, including every other Centennial Conference school (Johns Hopkins competes at the Division I level). The CC boasts two of the top Division III programs in the country in Gettysburg and Washington (Md.), both of which are ranked in the Face-Off Yearbook pre-season top 10. Washington won the Division III national championship in 1998.

Two Muhlenberg College wrestlers are ranked in their respective weight classes in the adidas/brute Division III Wrestling Coaches poll of Jan. 23. Junior Bill Holsinger is eighth at 149 pounds, and junior Tyler Cathey is eighth at heavyweight. For the complete poll, click here.

Monday, January 22
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 62, Bryn Mawr 10. The Mules kept Bryn Mawr off the scoreboard for the first 25 minutes and cruised to their fourth win in five games. Muhlenberg had a 37-0 lead at halftime and was up 45-0 before the Mawrters broke through with 14:45 to play. Freshmen Becky Richmond and Jill Friedman led a balanced scoring attack with 8 points apiece. Friedman, seeing her first varsity action, also pulled down 9 rebounds. Freshman Susan Marchiano tied a career high with 11 rebounds and added 6 steals. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Widener 87, Muhlenberg 80. Widener, ranked ninth in Division III and third in the Mid-Atlantic Region, began the second half on a 15-6 run to take control and turn back upset-minded Muhlenberg. The Mules, behind 15 points from sophomore Michael Rossmell, led the entire first half and took a 49-43 lead into the locker room. Rossmell finished with a career-high 24 points. Junior Mark Lesko added 20 points. Click here for box score.

Tuesday, January 23
WRESTLING King’s 41, Muhlenberg 7. The Mules’ 11-match winning streak came to a screeching halt at the hands of the 18th-ranked Monarchs. Junior Bill Holsinger tied two school records with his 16th consecutive win: most wins in a season (28) and most pins in a career (31). Senior Jason McLean recorded Muhlenberg’s only other victory, defeating an opponent who came in with a record of 19-2. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, January 24
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 72, Ursinus 51. Juniors Jenn Risley and Lindsay St. Lawrence scored 19 points apiece to lead Muhlenberg to its fifth win in six games. The duo combined to make 10 of 12 field-goal attempts in the second half and scored all but two of the points in a 22-9 run that turned a four-point game into a blowout. St. Lawrence hit on all three of her three-point attempts during the surge and finished with a team-high 7 rebounds. The Mules held Ursinus to 27-percent shooting for the game in solidifying their hold on second place in the Centennial Conference East. Click here for box score.

Thursday, January 25
MEN’S BASKETBALL Ursinus 85, Muhlenberg 76. Muhlenberg could not overcome a cold shooting start and fell in the battle for first place in the Centennial Conference East Division. The Mules opened up 4-for-22 from the field and fell into a 15-point hole in the first half. They got to within two early in the second half, but Ursinus was able to hold on. Junior Mark Lesko had a big game with 22 points (19 in the second half) and a season-high 14 rebounds. Five other Muhlenberg players scored 9 points apiece. Click here for box score.

Saturday, January 27
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 70, Western Maryland 66. Junior Jenn Risley made two three-pointers in a decisive second-half run that lifted Muhlenberg past Western Maryland in a matchup of Centennial Conference contenders. The Mules led by one at halftime but trailed, 52-48, with 6:30 to play before going ahead for good with a 12-2 run. Risley, who came into the game with three three-pointers all season, made all three of her attempts from behind the arc and finished with 15 points. Senior P.J. Schwartz gave Muhlenberg a big spark off the bench, tying a career high with 10 points and recording a career-best 4 steals. Senior Jennifer O’Neill led all scorers with 19 points. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 89, Western Maryland 75. Sophomore Michael Rossmell energized Muhlenberg with 12 points, 3 assists and 2 steals — all in the final 12 minutes — as the Mules outgunned Western Maryland. On the strength of a career-high 18 points from sophomore John Ström, Muhlenberg opened up a 15-point lead in the first half. The Green Terror battled back to take a 66-64 lead with 7:30 left, but made just one field goal over the next four minutes while the Mules re-established a double-digit lead. Junior Mark Lesko notched his second straight double-double with game highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Anthony Strachan scored 15 points and junior Michael Barletta added 12. Click here for box score.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD at Bison Open. The Mules set six school records at Bucknell. Four of the record-setters broke their own marks. In a field that included mostly Division I and Division II runners, junior Will Elson won the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.62, one one-hundredths of a second better than the winning time he recorded at Kutztown last week. Freshmen Josh Cohen (men’s 400) and Trisha Yordy (women’s 55) also broke records they set last week. In his first competition of the season, sophomore Brendan Gallagher ran the 5,000 meters in 16:00.71, knocking nearly seven seconds off the record he established last year. Sophomore Jason App set a school record and became Muhlenberg’s third ECAC qualifier with his pole vault of 13-9. Elson and Cohen also ran on the 4x400 relay team that set a school record with a time of 3:33.85. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.
WRESTLING Muhlenberg did not compete, but did clinch a share of the Centennial Conference dual-meet title when Western Maryland defeated Ursinus, 25-18. The Mules will aim to win the title outright when they wrestle at Ursinus on Feb. 2.

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Last updated January 27, 2001