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Hoops Teams Swept at Hopkins
Track Teams Have Good Meet at Widener
Familiar Story in Baltimore
For the sixth time since the start of the Centennial Conference, the Muhlenberg basketball teams traveled to Johns Hopkins for a regular-season doubleheader. And for the fifth time, they came back with a pair of losses, dropping their record in those games to 1-11, with an average margin of defeat of 18 points.
Womens Basketball: This was a far cry from the teams first meeting this season, which went into overtime. Johns Hopkins tied a school record for points and handed Muhlenberg its worst loss of the season, 104-73.
The Mules (13-5, 8-3), whose first four losses were by a combined 25 points, had a miserable first half, shooting just 19 percent and committing 27 turnovers to fall behind 53-25 at the break. Muhlenberg turned the ball over just nine times in the second half but could not get the deficit under 20 points.
The Mules had a 9-6 lead 4:30 into the game, then combined nine straight missed shots with 11 turnovers over the next six minutes as the Blue Jays (14-2, 9-1) went on a 15-0 run to take control of the game.
Muhlenberg made 10 three-pointers to tie the CC record of 180 in a season, set by Washington last year. Becky Richmond (15 points, seven rebounds, four steals) and Gwen Doyle (13 points) drained three three-pointers apiece.
Mens Basketball: Johns Hopkins extended its school-record home winning streak to 22 with a 74-51 win.
The Blue Jays (12-5, 8-3) outrebounded the Mules (6-11, 4-7), who were without two of their top three boardmen, by a 50-22 margin. Hopkins had more offensive rebounds (23) than Muhlenberg had total rebounds.
Hopkins led 12-9 five minutes in, then held Muhlenberg to two field goals over the next eight minutes to open up a double-digit advantage. The home team remained comfortably in front the rest of the way.
Sophomore Jimmy OBrien scored 15 points, while freshman Chris Pothering added eight, all in the first half, in his first extended varsity action.
FRESHMEN SPARKLE IN FIELD EVENTS
The Muhlenberg indoor track teams got several outstanding performances from their freshmen, especially in the field events, at the Widener Invitational.
First-year students combined for 15 of the Mules 26 top-10 finishes (not counting the relays), including nine of 11 in the field events.
Rachel Drosdick scored two second-place finishes, one in the 55-meter high hurdles and the other (tied) in the high jump. She also placed ninth in the long jump. Lauren Carballo tied for third in the triple jump and was fifth in the long jump. Katie Hicks tied for fourth in the high jump. Lily Hatfield finished seventh in the 400 and ran on the 4x400 relay team that came in second.
Two freshman male shot putters, Matthew Sallese and Andy Wilkins, were impressive, both throwing over 40 feet. Lex Mercado placed fourth in the 1,500 and was on the third-place 4x400 team.
Returning athletes also made their mark. Senior Rob Uniszkiewicz came in third in the 3,000 meters, leading a pack of five Mules in the top nine of a field of 30 runners. Four veterans junior Christopher Martin, senior Ben Phillips and sophomores Jason Finkelstein and Calvin Tintle combined to give Muhlenberg its lone first-place finish, in the 4x800.
Junior Katie Macomber placed in two sprints, fifth in the 400 and seventh in the 200, and senior Diana Garretto crossed the finish line fourth in the 800 meters and was a member of two second-place relay teams.
Mules Split Tri-Match
The Muhlenberg wrestling team tied a 57-year-old school record with seven pins in a 48-12 win against Maritime (N.Y.) in the middle of a home tri-match.
Thaddeus Stevens Tech, a junior college out of Lancaster, Pa., went 2-0 on the day, defeating Maritime, 40-10, and Muhlenberg, 43-5.
The Mules seven falls against the Privateers tied the mark set on Jan. 17, 1947, against Brooklyn Polytechnic. Muhlenberg came close to the record in last years Maritime match, notching six pins in a 45-9 victory.
The pins came early and late: Four (by seniors Josh Carter and David Brown and sophomores Dale Mills and Chris Gibson) were in the first period, and freshman Matt Loesch flattened his opponent with only three seconds left in the bout.
Carter already had a 10-2 lead when the referee slapped the mat after only 81 seconds. It was his 11th pin of the season and the 23rd of his career. Mills was ahead by a 9-1 count before finishing off his 15th career fall.
Muhlenbergs two other winners by fall, junior Jeremy Hart and freshman Ethan Powell, also had big leads. Up 14-0, Hart was seconds away from a technical fall late in the second period. Powell (above), wrestling in the first bout of the match, got the Mules (3-11) off to a good start, opening up a 13-2 lead before getting the pin.
Loesch registered a technical fall for Muhlenbergs lone points against Stevens. A three-point near-fall and a riding time point credited at the final buzzer made the final score of his 197-pound match 18-2. Loesch has a record of 16-3 on the season.
The most entertaining Mule match of the day came at 149, where Mills hooked up with a 2003 national qualifier. The bout featured five reversals, four by Mills, and was tied 12-12 with a minute to go when the Stevens wrestler recorded a takedown and near-fall for the decisive points in a 17-14 win.
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