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1999-2000 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of February 7 to February 13
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BASKETBALL TEAMS IN CONTENTION
Both Muhlenberg basketball teams are in contention as the Centennial Conference basketball season enters its final week. The men, shooting for their sixth East Division title (won or shared) in the last seven years, are a game behind Ursinus. The Mules can clinch the title and a first-round playoff game by winning their final two regular-season games. Current standings:
 
EAST         CC    All
Ursinus      8-3   16-6
MUHLENBERG   7-4   14-8
Washington   6-5   10-12
Swarthmore   2-9    3-19
Haverford    1-10   3-19
WEST
F & M        9-2   17-5
J. Hopkins   8-3   16-6
Dickinson    7-4   11-11
Gettysburg   6-5   13-9
Western Md.  1-10   3-18
The Muhlenberg women, the four-time defending division champions, are in first place by one game over Swarthmore, their opponent on Feb. 16. Even if they lose that game, the Mules, who have already clinched a playoff berth, can grab a share of the title and a home playoff game by defeating Ursinus in the regular-season finale. Current standings:
 
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   9-2   14-8
Swarthmore   8-3   13-9
Haverford    4-7    8-14
Washington   2-9    7-14
Ursinus      0-12   3-18
WEST
J. Hopkins   9-2   17-5
F & M        8-3   12-10
Western Md.  7-4   11-10
Gettysburg   6-6   12-9
Dickinson    3-8    6-17


MULES RANK AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
Through games of Feb. 6, the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team showed up twice in the top 10 among the Division III leaders. The Mules were eighth in field-goal percentage defense (.381), and sophomore Mark Lesko was 10th in blocked shots (2.4 per game). The women were 11th in free-throw percentage (.730) and 24th in three-point field goal percentage (.354).


Tuesday, February 8
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 71, Haverford 53. The Mules opened up a 20-point lead in the first half and cruised to their 13th win of the season, moving (for a day at least) into sole possession of first place in the Centennial Conference East Division, a half-game ahead of idle Ursinus. The win was the 195th in the 13-year coaching career of Dave Madeira, who tied Ken Moyer (1961-81) as the winningest coach in Muhlenberg men's basketball history. The Mules led 33-13 with five minutes left in the first half and extended their advantage to 26 in the second half before the Fords went on a 13-0 run to make the score respectable. Sophomore Mark Lesko recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and senior Eric Nothstein (14 points) and sophomore Michael Barletta (10 points) combined to make all six of their three-point attempts. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, February 9
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 43, Haverford 36. Sophomore Melissa Leahy scored a career-high 12 points as Muhlenberg prevailed in a defensive struggle. The win, combined with Swarthmore's loss at Johns Hopkins, put the Mules into sole posession of first place in the Centennial Conference East Division for the first time this season. Muhlenberg, which clinched its eighth straight playoff berth, led from start to finish, holding an opponent to fewer than 40 points in regulation time for the fourth time this year. Leahy scored her 12 points, six in each half, on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Junior Jennifer O'Neill also scored 12 points. The Mules tied a school record with their 10th home win of the season and set a mark by defeating one opponent for the 17th straight time. Click here for box score.

Thursday, February 10
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 97, Stevens Tech 82. Senior Kenyamo McFarlane scored a career-high 19 points to lead Muhlenberg to a non-conference win against hot-shooting Stevens Tech. The win was the 196th in the 13-year career of Mule head coach Dave Madeira, making him the winningest basketball coach in school history. The Ducks made 14 three-pointers to account for nearly half of their points and took a 52-50 lead early in the second half. But the Mules responded with a 22-9 run that featured three three-pointers of their own and wound up shooting 60.7 percent for the second half. Sophomore Michael Barletta (13 points) and senior Eric Nothstein (12) also contributed to a balanced Muhlenberg attack that saw 11 different players score, nine of them with at least seven points. The 97 points represented the highest scoring output for the Mules in six years. Muhlenberg blocked four shots in the game, setting a new school record with 104 swats on the season. Click here for box score.

Friday, February 11
WRESTLING Messiah 46, Muhlenberg 7. The Mules came away with two wins against the 23rd-ranked Falcons. Sophomore Tyler Cathey scored a 9-0 major decision at heavyweight to improve to 21-2 on the season. Sophomore Andy Faust recorded a takedown with 1:04 left in the third period for a 6-4 decision. He is now 19-4. Click here for box score.

Saturday, February 12
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 59, Washington (Md.) 57. Sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence converted a backdoor pass from classmate Melissa Leahy with 14.1 seconds remaining for the winning basket in Muhlenberg's seventh consecutive road game decided by five points or fewer. This one featured 12 lead changes and five ties, the last one coming when the Shorewomen hit a three-pointer with 32 seconds to play. Sophomore Jenn Risley scored a game-high 15 points, while sophomore Amanda Spengler scored a career-high 14. St. Lawrence also finished with 14 points. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Washington (Md.) 76, Muhlenberg 64 (OT). Playing without its leading scorer and rebounder, the Mules rallied back from an early 17-point deficit to take a four-point lead going into the final 20 seconds of regulation. But two missed free throws, combined with two Washington baskets (the second with 3.8 seconds left), sent the game into overtime, where the Shoremen prevailed. The loss dropped Muhlenberg out of first place in the Centennial Conference East. Senior Kenyamo McFarlane had 12 points and 8 rebounds, and sophomore Michael Barletta narrowly missed his first career double-double with 10 points and 9 boards. Senior Eric Nothstein scored 11 points. Click here for box score.
TRACK & FIELD competed at Bucknell Winter Classic. Two more school records fell in a non-scoring meet that featured athletes from Divisions I, II and III. For the second straight week, freshman Brendan Gallagher broke the record in the 5,000 meters, this time lopping nearly 6 seconds off his own standard with a time of 16:08.57. Sophomore Will Elson ran the 800 meters in 2:01.06, about a half-second better than Sean Farry's previois record, set in 1991. Elson placed fourth overall and second among Division III runners. For the women, junior Laura Roth came in second in the mile. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.

Sunday, February 13
WRESTLING Muhlenberg 26, Washington & Lee 21; New York University 35, Muhlenberg 6. Trailing 21-8 with four bouts to go, Muhlenberg rallied to defeat Washington & Lee and capture its second Centennial Conference match of the season. Freshman Nathan Yeasted began the comeback with a 7-6 decision, freshman Joseph Salerno pinned his opponent in 39 seconds, and sophomore Andy Faust recorded a 9-4 decision to make it 21-20. In the final bout, sophomore Bill Holsinger pinned his opponent for his school-record 13th fall of the season. He also became the second wrestler in school history to win 25 bouts in back-to-back seasons. Faust and sophomore Tyler Cathey were the only winners against NYU. Cathey finished with a dual-meet record of 20-1, tying the school record for dual-meet wins in a season. Click here for box scores.


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Last updated February 13, 2000