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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WINS THRILLER
Wrestling Splits with E-town, NYU

Amongst the lights of New York, the Muhlenberg wrestling team competed in its first tri-meet of the season, coming away with a 40-8 victory over Elizabethtown before dropping a 28-15 decision to the host school, New York University.

The Mules (2-1) had four pins against Elizabethtown (2-7), including three in the first period. Freshmen Justin Fitch (174) and Rob Kein (141) each recorded his first career pin. Kein’s followed a first-period takedown at 1:53.

Classmate Matt Horn, at 197, had the team’s fastest pin of the season (0:29). Junior Matt Loesch, ranked seventh in Division III at 197, pinned his opponent in the first period at heavyweight to clinch the victory for Muhlenberg.

Against New York University (11-2-1), Muhlenberg worked its way back into the match after falling behind 16-0. The Mules won by forfeit at 125, and freshman Billy Hall (133) and Loesch, wrestling back at 197, won by decision. Hall used two reversals to come from behind to defeat his opponent. However, the Violets collected a decision and pin to send the Mules to their first dual-meet loss of the year.

Senior Dale Mills ended both meets with a victory to improve to 15-3 on the season. He recorded a major decision against Elizabethtown and had four takedowns in the final minute for a decision victory over NYU.

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Senior Kristen Piscadlo banked in a jumper from the lane with 33.4 seconds left for the winning basket as the Muhlenberg women’s
Lauren Boyle
Boyle finished with 10 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a steal. She is averaging 9.6 points per game for the season.
basketball team nipped McDaniel, 65-64, in a matchup of teams that came in with six-game winning streaks.

Muhlenberg (11-1, 6-1) led for almost the entire game, by as many as 12 points, and did not trail until the Green Terror (9-4, 4-3) hit a jumper with 1:52 left to take a 64-63 lead.

The Mules turned the ball over on the next possession, but forced McDaniel to take a tough shot with the shot clock running out, and senior Stephanie Coluccini corralled the rebound with about a minute left. Muhlenberg called timeout with seven seconds left on the shot clock, and with time winding down Piscadlo drove the lane and hit a fallaway jumper off the glass.

The Green Terror took two jump shots on the ensuing possession. Freshman Lauren Boyle snagged the rebound after the second and was fouled with 9.1 ticks left. She missed the front end of the one-and-one and McDaniel rebounded the ball, only to have Piscadlo steal a long outlet pass. She was fouled with 3.6 on the clock but also missed her free throw.

After a timeout, the Green Terror inbounded the ball needing to go the length of the court for the win. Boyle pressured the dribbler in the backcourt, however, and McDaniel could manage only a half-court heave.

The victory was the Mules’ first at McDaniel since 2000 and marked the fourth time in the last five years that the two teams played a one-point game.

Junior Meghan Courtney led Muhlenberg with 16 points despite playing only 17 minutes due to fouls. Senior Lacie Smith had 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Piscadlo finished with 12 points and six assists

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In the second game of the doubleheader, the road woes of the Muhlenberg men’s basketball continued as it fell to 1-6 away from home with an 80-72 loss – its first to McDaniel in eight years.

Muhlenberg (7-6, 3-4) scored the first nine points of the game and led by three at halftime. The teams seesawed back and forth for most of the second half, with the Mules taking their final lead at 62-61 when senior Jimmy O’Brien made the first of two free throws with 5:35 left.

The Green Terror (6-8, 4-3) scored the next four points and headed off Muhlenberg the rest of the way, going 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final minute.

Junior Jeff Stewart logged his eighth double-double of the season with game highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Tom Scott scored a season-high 19 points.

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Last updated January 12, 2006