News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Tuesday, February 9
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 62, Haverford 49.
Senior SARAH CLARKE became the third player in team history to score
1,000 points as the Mules clinched their fourth straight Centennial
Conference East Division title. Clarke entered the game needing 13 points
and got 11 in the first 6:25, hitting her first three three-point
attempts as Muhlenberg sprinted out to a 28-8 lead. She was then scoreless
until 6:08 remaining in the game, when she stole the ball at midcourt and
drove in for an uncontested layup. Clarke finished with 13 points, seven
assists and three steals. Senior JILL ROTH led all scorers with 16 points
and needs just 36 more to join the 1,000-point club. Sophomore JESSICA
DRENNAN had 13 points and seven rebounds. Click here for box score.
Wednesday, February 10
MEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 96, Franklin &
Marshall 90. Senior JIM DOUMATO had 25 points and 17 rebounds as
Muhlenberg toppled seventh-ranked Franklin & Marshall in a classic game
that featured 10 ties and six lead changes. The Diplomats, who have lost
four straight to the Mules, entered the night with a 10-game winning
streak and the top ranking in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Behind Doumato's
strong inside play, Muhlenberg maintained a small lead for most of the
stretch. But he fouled out with 1:11 to go, and the Dips tied the score
at 78 on Mark Sadowski's runner with 17 seconds left. Juniors ERIC
NOTHSTEIN (15 points) and CHRIS KENNY (18 points) each made a basket in
the first minute of overtime, and the Mules didn't allow a field goal for
the first 2:50 of the extra session. By that time, it was 89-80. Junior
MARK MORRISON sank seven of eight free throws in overtime and finished
with 12 points -- all from the line. Junior MATT SCHNEIDER recorded his
second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Muhlenberg has won 15 or more games in three straight seasons for the
first time since 1969-71. Click here for box score.
Thursday, February 11
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 82, Bryn Mawr 34.
Senior JILL ROTH got more than half of the way she needed to the 1,000-point
mark as the Mules breezed to their sixth straight win. Roth, one of three
seniors honored on Senior Night for leading Muhlenberg to four straight
Centennial Conference East Division titles, scored 19 points in only 18
minutes and needs 17 more to reach 1,000. Another of the seniors, SARAH
CLARKE, had six points, a career-high nine rebounds, seven assists and
four steals. These freshmen posted career-best numbers: MELISSA LEAHY
(nine points, five rebounds), NANCY KEGELMAN (six points, three
rebounds) and JENNIFER McKEE (six points, eight rebounds). Sophomore
KATE LEDERMAN scored her first career points. The Mules started slowly in
this game and led only 16-15 after 10 minutes, then held the Mawrters
without a field goal for a 19-minute stretch while outscoring them 41-1. Click here for box score.
Friday, February 12
WRESTLING Messiah 33, Muhlenberg 12. Three
freshmen won their bouts at Messiah, a team recently ranked in the
national top 25. BRYAN JOHNSON recorded a pin at 125, and TYLER CATHEY
(heavyweight) and ANDY FAUST (149) won decisions. It was the fourth
straight win for Cathey, and Faust improved his record to 24-4. Click here for box score.
Saturday, February 13
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Dickinson 63, Muhlenberg 58.
Dickinson took a 26-24 lead on two free throws just before halftime, then
shot 61 percent in the second half to upset the Mules. Senior AMANDA
WATERBURY scored a season-high 19 points, while freshman JENNIFER RISLEY
added 10 for her first career game in double digits. Senior JILL ROTH
scored seven points to move within 10 of the 1000-point plateau.
Muhlenberg had its season-best six-game winning streak snapped. Click here for box score.
MEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 78, Haverford 33. The
Mules set one Centennial Conference record and tied another in
overwhelming Haverford to clinch their eighth straight postseason berth.
The 45-point margin of victory tied the CC mark, set by Franklin &
Marshall in a 107-62 defeat of Swarthmore in 1994, and the 33 points
scored by the Fords were eight fewer than the previous CC low, set by
Ursinus in 1994. The win, combined with Washington's 104-100
double-overtime defeat of Ursinus, put Muhlenberg in sole
possession of first place in the CC East. The Mules held Haverford to
21.2-percent shooting and had a 47-26 advantage on the boards. Junior
CHRIS KENNY scored 15 points and moved into fourth place on the all-time
list with 101 career three-pointers. Junior MATT SCHNEIDER scored all 11
of his points in the first half, while freshman MICHAEL BARLETTA and
junior SCOTT NIELSEN tied career highs with 11 and 10 points,
respectively. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Muhlenberg 33, Washington & Lee 12;
Delaware Valley 37, Muhlenberg 6. Muhlenberg closed out its dual-meet
season by splitting a pair of matches at Gettysburg. The win against
Washington & Lee gave the Mules their best Centennial Conference record
(4-2) in three years. Freshman ANDY FAUST posted a major decision and an
overtime win at 149 to raise his record to 26-4. Sophomore DAN OCHOA
(165) also was a double winner, with his fifth pin of the season and an
overtime decision. Delaware Valley is ranked 10th in Division III. Click here for box scores.
INDOOR TRACK Muhlenberg participated in the
Paul Keough Invitational, a non-scoring meet at Haverford that featured
14 teams, including some from Division I and Division II. Senior
STEPHANIE KALINER had another good meet, placing third in the long jump,
fourth in the triple jumps and 10th in both the 55- and 200-meter dashes.
Sophomore KATRINA BECK was fourth in the high jump. For the men, senior
JEFF THIEL took seventh in the shot put, and freshman JAMES GOODSTEIN
finished eighth in the triple jump. Click here for