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1999-2000 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of January 17 to January 23
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Following a doubleheader sweep of Swarthmore on Jan. 22, both Muhlenberg basketball teams were tied for first place in the Centennial Conference East Division. The men, shooting for their sixth title (won or shared) in the last seven years, are tied with Ursinus, their opponent on Thursday, Jan. 27. Current standings:
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   4-1   10-5
Ursinus      4-1   11-4
Washington   4-2    7-8
Haverford    1-4    3-13
Swarthmore   1-4    2-13
J. Hopkins   3-2   11-5
F & M        3-2   11-5
Dickinson    3-2    7-7
Gettysburg   2-3    9-7
Western Md.  1-5    3-12
The Muhlenberg women, the four-time defending division champions, moved into a first-place tie by toppling previously undefeated Swarthmore, 61-34, on Jan. 22. Current standings:
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   4-1    9-6
Swarthmore   4-1    8-7
Haverford    2-4    4-11
Washington   1-5    5-9
Ursinus      0-6    2-12
J. Hopkins   5-0   13-3
F & M        4-1    8-7
Gettysburg   4-3    9-5
Western Md.  3-3    6-8
Dickinson    1-4    5-9

Monday, January 17
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Susquehanna 71, Muhlenberg 66. Playing without their leading scorer and rebounder, the Mules came up just short in a non-conference road game that featured 12 ties and 18 lead changes. Susquehanna ran off eight straight points to open up an 11-point lead entering the final minute of the contest, but Muhlenberg closed to within three on the strength of 9 points by sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence and 5 by freshman Randi Baran. The Crusaders finally slammed the door by making two free throws with 4.6 seconds left. St. Lawrence (18 points, 10 rebounds) and sophomore Jenn Risley (16 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded her first career double-double with career-high totals in points and rebounds. Baran finished with a career-high 10 points, and junior Jennifer O'Neill scored 13 in her first start of the season. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, January 19
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 67, Washington 45. Sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the first half and Muhlenberg put on the defensive clamps in the second half to score a big Centennial Conference East Division win. The Mules held the Shorewomen to 23-percent shooting and 22 points in the second half, turning a tight game into a blowout. Junior Val Uras recorded career highs in points (12) and rebounds (11) for her first career double-double. Junior Jennifer O'Neill (13 points) and sophomore Jenn Risley (12) also scored in double figures. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 75, Washington 63. The Mules moved into a tie for first place in the Centennial Conference East Division by holding off a second-half charge from Washington. Muhlenberg held a comfortable 18-point lead seven minues into the second half, only to see the Shoremen score the next 12 points. But a big three-pointer at the shot clock buzzer by freshman Toomey Anderson helped slam the door. Anderson finished with a career-high 10 points in 18 solid minutes. Sophomore Mark Lesko had 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and senior Eric Nothstein led the Mules in scoring for the fourth straight game with 19 points. Sophomore Michael Barletta had 8 points, 11 rebounds and helped hold Washington's leading scorer to 3 points on 1-for-11 shooting. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Scranton 28, Muhlenberg 22. Muhlenberg and Scranton were tied going into the final bout, but the Royals got a pin to earn the win. Sophomore Andy Faust improved to 11-2 with a major decision at 149, and sophomore Bill Holsinger recorded his team-leading ninth pin of the season at 157. Click here for box score.

Thursday, January 20
WRESTLING Muhlenberg 25, Albright 21. Sophomore Dave Jenning's decision at 184, his first career win in a contested bout, proved to be the clincher as the Mules evened their record at 5-5. Muhlenberg's other winners came from the usual cast of sophomores Andy Faust, Bill Holsinger and Tyler Cathey. Faust (149) improved to 12-2 on the season with his second straight major decision and his 40th career win. Holsinger (157) improved to 19-5 and Cathey (heavyweight) won his ninth consecutive bout to remain undefeated in dual meets. Click here for box score.

Friday, January 21
TRACK & FIELD women tied for 11th and men finished eight at Kutztown Dolfin® Invitational. The Mules opened up their indoor season at a meet with Division I and II teams. Muhlenberg was one of only two Division III schools to score points in the men's meet. Senior Kurt Kunsch (third in the pole vault) and sophomore Will Elson (third in the 1,000 meters) were the top finishers, while senior Matthew Capogrosso also scored a place by coming in sixth in the 300 meters. Junior Katrina Beck was the lone placewinner for the women, finishing fourth in the high jump. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.

Saturday, January 22
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 61, Swarthmore 34. The Mules used an extraordinary defensive effort to win their fourth straight Centennial Conference game and move into a tie for first place in the East Division. Swarthmore made a field goal 42 seconds into the game, then missed its next 26 attempts before hitting another bucket in the final minute of the half. Muhlenberg kept the Garnet off the scoreboard for eight minutes, taking control of the game with a 15-0 run. Swarthmore shot 7 percent in the first half and wound up at just over 20 percent for the game. Sophomore Jenn Risley held the CC's leading scorer to 10 points, six of them coming late in the game. She also recorded her second double-double of the week with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence had 12 points, 3 assists and 4 steals, while junior Val Uras played an exceptional game, finishing with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Junior Jennifer O'Neill pulled down a career-high 9 rebounds. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 85, Swarthmore 58. Muhlenberg shot 70 percent in the first half and 63 percent for the game in cruising to its fifth straight win and a share of the Centennial Conference East Division lead. Sophomore Michael Barletta scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and senior Matt Schneider, making his first start in a month, dropped in 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Sophomore Mark Lesko played only 10 minutes but made all six of his field-goal attempts for 14 points and tied a school record with 6 blocked shots. The Mules tied a team record with 8 blocks. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Muhlenberg 39, Swarthmore 18; Gettysburg 30, Muhlenberg 18; Johns Hopkins 34, Muhlenberg 15. The Mules dropped two out of three at a Centennial Conference quadrangular meet at Gettysburg. Sophomore heavyweight Tyler Cathey remained undefeated in dual meets, extending his winning streak to 12 with two pins and a forfeit. Sophomores Andy Faust and Bill Holsinger, junior Dan Ochoa and freshman Joseph Salerno all went 2-1. Both of Holsinger's wins were by fall, one in 48 seconds, giving him 11 pins on the season. Click here for box score.

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Last updated January 22, 2000