News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
FOUR EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS|
Four Muhlenberg athletes have earned All-America
honors for their performances during the Fall 2000 season. Click here for
LESKO NAMED PLAYER OF WEEK
Junior forward Mark Lesko of the mens basketball team shared
Centennial Conference player of the week honors with Curtis McNeil of
Gettysburg for games through Dec. 10. Lesko averaged 26.5 points while
shooting 73.1 percent from the field and 81.0 percent from the line in two
games. His 38 points in a loss to NYU were the most by a Muhlenberg player
since Mike Gramer scored 40 against Ursinus in 1995 and the most in a
regulation game since Bob McClures school-record 44-point effort
against Franklin & Marshall in 1971. Lesko also collected 10 rebounds and
blocked four shots in the two games.
Wednesday, January 3
MENS BASKETBALL Albright 81, Muhlenberg 75.
Junior Mark Lesko put on an offensive show for the second time in three
games, but the Mules lost another close game on the road. Lesko scored 36
points of 15-of-28 shooting and added 10 rebounds for his first
double-double of the season. He is only the second player in school
history to score at least 35 points in two games, and the first to do it
twice in the same season. Muhlenberg scored six straight points late in
the second half to tie the game at 70-70, but Albright scored the next
eight to take command. Junior Michael Barletta poured in a career-high 18
points to go along with 5 assists and 6 rebounds. Sophomore Anthony
Strachan had career highs of 9 rebounds and 7 steals. Click here for box score.
Friday, January 5
WOMENS BASKETBALL Salisbury State 70,
Muhlenberg 57. Playing for the first time in 30 days, Muhlenberg faltered
in the second half and fell in the first round of the Grotto Pizza Lady
Monarch Classic. Freshman Erin DeVaney scored 8 of her career-high 10
points in the first half, which ended with Salisbury State up by only
one. Muhlenberg shot only 28 percent in the second half, however. Another
freshman, Susan Marchiano, narrowly missed her first career double-double
with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Jessica Drennan also scored 10 points. Click here for box score.
MENS BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 78, Grove City 64.
Junior Mark Lesko posted game highs of 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4
blocked shots as Muhlenberg won its first-round game in the Greyhound
Classic for the 11th time in as many appearances. The Mules led by only 6
points at halftime, but sophomore Michael Rossmell hit back-to-back
three-pointers to open the second half to extend the margin to double
digits. Rossmell finished with 19 points to tie a career high, and junior
Michael Barletta added 16. Muhlenberg tied a school record by blocking 8
shots, and the Mules made their final 13 foul shots. Click here for box score.
Saturday, January 6
WOMENS BASKETBALL Kings 55, Muhlenberg
42. Muhlenberg went without a field goal for a seven-minute stretch of the
second half and dropped the consolation game of the Grotto Pizza Lady
Monarch Classic. The Mules took a 32-29 lead on a field goal by freshman
Amber Nelson with 12:24 to play, but then was on the wrong side of a 17-1
run. Senior Jennifer ONeill and junior Jenn Risley scored 8 points
apiece to lead the Mules. Freshman Susan Marchiano had 5 points and 5
rebounds to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Click here for box score.
MENS BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 75, Moravian 69.
Junior Michael Barletta scored 19 of his career-high 22 points in the
second half to lead Muhlenberg to an inspired win in the championship game
of the Greyhound Classic. The Mules, who had not won at Moravian since
1995, trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and led for only
59 seconds of the game the final 59 seconds. In the final
minute, sophomore Toomey Anderson tipped in his own miss to give
Muhlenberg its first lead, then fed junior Mark Lesko for a dunk.
Sophomore Anthony Strachan clinched the win by making three free throws.
Barletta was named tournament MVP, and Lesko, who recorded his second
straight double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, was on the
All-Tournament Team. Strachan quietly notched his first career
double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Anderson pulled down a
career-best 9 boards. The Mules outscored their rivals 54-34 in the second
half. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Bridgewater State 26, Muhlenberg 18;
Muhlenberg 27, Trinity (Conn.) 23; Muhlenberg 39, MIT 18; Muhlenberg 40,
Western New England 9. Muhlenberg went 3-1 at the North/South Duals,
hosted by Ursinus, for the second straight year. Junior Bill Holsinger
(149) and senior Jason McLean (141) each won all four bouts. Holsinger had
two pins to improve to 19-3 on the season, and McLean (17-5) recorded two
major decisions and a technical fall. Junior heavyweight Tyler Cathey,
seeing his first action of the season, went 3-0 and clinched the win
against Trinity with a pin. Click here for