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Women’s Basketball Holds Off Garnet
Marchiano Comes Up Big; Doyle Hits Milestone

Swarthmore kept fighting back, but senior Susan Marchiano kept making plays to lead the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team to a 74-68 road win.

Marchiano scored a game-high 21 points, including 11 on perfect foul shooting, and made three steals and another key defensive play to halt late Garnet runs. She entered the game shooting just 58 percent from the line.

The Mules (11-3, 6-2) posted their lowest point output in nearly two months, but the total was the highest allowed this season by Swarthmore (10-6, 5-4), which came in ranked 12th in Division III in scoring defense. Muhlenberg entered as the highest scoring squad in any NCAA division, but had lost three straight games.

Muhlenberg led most of the way and by a margin as high as 12 points in the second half, but the Garnet pulled within three, 71-68, and had the ball in the final minute. Marchiano forced a Swat travel in the lane with 15 seconds left, and the Mules knocked down three free throws to seal the win.

That wasn’t the first time the Garnet made a run at the Mules’ lead. Swarthmore cut the margin to four points with less than five minutes left. With the shot clock running out on the next ’Berg possession, junior Gwen Doyle drained her 100th career three-pointer, becoming just the second Mule to reach the milestone. She trails Sarah Clarke, the school’s all-time leader, by 18 threes.

Marchiano stole the inbounds pass after Doyle’s shot and made a layup to push the lead to 66-57 and give the Mules some breathing room.

Senior Jill Friedman scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds, and sophomore Sam Tager pulled down five boards. Sophomore Kristen Piscadlo scored nine points and led the team with three assists.

Muhlenberg led, 40-32, at halftime. Marchiano scored 16 points in the second half, including 12 of the Mules’ first 18 after the break.

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The Muhlenberg wrestling team picked up its first home win of the season and snapped a five-match losing streak by defeating Albright, 33-12.

The Mules (2-9) won six of eight contested bouts, three by fall, and will try to use the win to change the momentum of their season.

“We’re going to kick it into high gear now,” said senior Josh Carter, who got his 50th career victory and claimed sole possession of fifth place in Mule history with his 22nd career pin. “Hopefully this will kick-start us a little bit.”

It was Carter who gave Muhlenberg the lead it would hold the rest of the match. After a forfeit loss at 184 and a Matt Loesch win by decision at 197, the Mules trailed, 6-3. Carter trailed at heavyweight, having suffered a takedown and a near fall early in the second period to fall behind, 5-0. He then flipped his opponent for a reversal, won back the three back points and then pinned him at 4:06.

“I caught him in a good spot,” said Carter, who avenged a 6-4 decision loss to the same wrestler at the Ursinus Invitational. “Anytime you lose to anybody, you want to make it up.”

Sophomores Dale Mills and Chris Gibson also had pins for the Mules. Mills improved to 17-6 on the season by pinning his 149-pound foe. Gibson recorded the quickest pin of his career, ending his bout at 157 in 1:52.

Freshman Michael Tenenhaus won by a 7-4 decision at 125, and junior Jeremy Hart narrowly missed a major decision, winning, 10-3, at 141.

Carter leads the Mules with a 17-5 record. Albright is now 3-5.

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Last updated January 22, 2004