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AFTER DAY ONE
WOMENS BASKETBALL KNOCKED OUT
And thats a wrap for the Muhlenberg womens basketball team. Unfortunately, this action flick has a not-so-happy ending.
The Mules lost to Dickinson, 49-35, in the semifinal round of the Centennial Conference tournament. The loss eliminates Muhlenberg from the championship, while Dickinson will go on to face Ursinus for the conference title. The Bears defeated host McDaniel, 63-53, earlier today.
This game was the third loss in three tries against Dickinson this season, and the Mules 35-point output bested their lowest scoring total this decade by only a point. In the teams first meeting of 2006-07, Muhlenberg set the low with 34 points against the Red Devils.
The Mules (19-7, 12-6) fell behind early against the top defensive team in the conference, trailing by as many as 13 with 10:44 to go in the first half. Muhlenberg slowly chipped away at the deficit and trailed by eight on three occasions before the intermission. But with the Mules down 24-16 with 3:22 to go, Dickinson scored the final four points of the half on a layup and two free throws to go into the locker room with a 12-point lead, 28-16.
Muhlenberg got no closer in the second half and fell into a 21-point hole with 11:44 to go. Although the Mules held the Red Devils (22-4, 15-3) without a field goal for the final 6:29, it was not enough to help stage a comeback.
Senior Meghan Courtney led the Mules in her final game with nine points and six rebounds. Despite this loss, she and fellow senior Emily Wright leave Muhlenberg as the winningest class in school history with 75 victories.
Freshman Alex Faust broke yet another pole vaulting record for the Muhlenberg track and field team.
On the first day of competition at the Centennial Conference championship, Faust took home the only first-place finish for the Mules, as she cleared 11-0. Her jump set a meet record, breaking the old mark of 10-7.
Both the mens and womens teams stand in third place after the first day of
Fausts performance was one of 10 Muhlenberg finishes that placed in the top eight. The Mules had three second-place finishes, including junior Michael Karchner in the long jump (21-6¼) and two relay teams. For the men, the quartet of sophomore Stuart Udis, junior Dan Steinhart, senior Lex Mercado and sophomore David Chorney took home the silver in the distance medley relay (10:27.94), competing in the event for the first time all season and qualifying for the ECAC championships. The womens 4x200 team of freshman Kaitlyn Archibald, sophomore Amanda Martini, junior Emily Karel and Faust placed second with a time of 1:51.84.
The womens other three places came in the long jump and the DMR. Senior Rachel Drosdick finished fourth in the long jump (16-0¼), while classmate Jacquelyn Inverso earned a seventh-place finish (15-8¾) in the event. In the DMR, sophomore Kathryn Niedzwiecki, freshman Janelle Mentrikoski, freshman Lauren Conicella and junior Sara Gearin ran a 13:16.22, good for fourth place.
The men saw four more finishers in the top eight, two of which came in the mile. Senior Lex Mercado (4:27.34) finished sixth in the mile, while sophomore David Chorney (4:28.06) finished seventh. In the 4x200, Muhlenberg brought home a fifth-place finish, as freshman Eric Miller, freshman Brendan Kirk, freshman Jeremiah Lachaud and junior Dan Steinhart completed the even in 1:33.28. Miller earned another place for the Mules in the long jump (19-11), finishing eighth.
Four Mules also qualified to compete tomorrow in the 55-meter events. Inverso and Drosdick each qualified in the womens 55-meter hurdles, while Kirk qualified in the mens. In the 55-meter dash, Lachaud earned the chance to run for the men.
The Mules will wrap up competition at the CC championships tomorrow, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
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Last updated February 24, 2007