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1999-2000 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of February 14 to February 20
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BASKETBALL TEAMS SWEEP DIVISION TITLES
For the third straight year and the fourth in the last five, both Muhlenberg basketball teams were Centennial Conference East Division champions. Muhlenberg is the only school to have both its teams in the CC postseason in each of the seven years of the league’s existence. The men captured their sixth East (won or shared) title in the last seven years by knocking off Ursinus, 75-59, in the regular-season finale. The Mules will host West runner-up Johns Hopkins in a CC semifinal on Feb. 23. Franklin & Marshall will host the winner of Monday’s Ursinus-at-Washington tiebreaker game in the other semi. Current standings:
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   9-4   16-8
Ursinus      8-5   16-8
Washington   8-5   12-12
Haverford    2-11   4-20
Swarthmore   2-11   3-21
WEST
F & M       11-2   19-5
J. Hopkins   9-4   17-7
Gettysburg   8-5   15-9
Dickinson    7-6   11-13
Western Md.  1-12   4-20
The Muhlenberg women clinched their fifth straight East Division title by nipping Swarthmore, 46-43, on Feb. 16. The Mules will host West runner-up Franklin & Marshall the semifinals on Feb. 23. Swarthmore travels to Johns Hopkins for the other semi. Current standings:
 
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG  10-3   15-9
Swarthmore   9-4   14-10
Washington   4-9   10-14
Haverford    4-9    8-16
Ursinus      1-12   6-18
WEST
J. Hopkins  11-2   19-5
F & M        8-5   12-12
Western Md.  7-6   11-12
Gettysburg   7-6   13-10
Dickinson    4-9    7-17


HALL OF FAME CLASS OF ’00 TO BE INDUCTED MARCH 25
The 21st Muhlenberg College Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place on March 25, 2000. For a list of the inductees and details on the special event, please Click here.


Wednesday, February 16
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 46, Swarthmore 43. Sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence's three-pointer with 4:14 left kicked off a 7-0 run that propelled the Mules to a win that clinched their fifth consecutive Centennial Conference East Division championship. Muhlenberg will host the West runner-up in a playoff game on Feb. 23. Second-place Swarthmore jumped out to a 7-0 lead and stayed on top until early in the second half. The game was tied at 37 before St. Lawrence's trey and back-to-back buckets by sophomore Melissa Leahy put the Mules in control. The Garnet got to within two points with 3 seconds left, but could manage only a last-second desperation shot that fell far short. Muhlenberg held the CC's leading scorer (19.5 ppg) to just 6 points. St. Lawrence and junior Jennifer O'Neill led the Mules with 10 points apiece. All eight games that Muhlenberg has played on an opponent's home court this season were decided by five points or fewer. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 71, Swarthmore 55. Senior Kenyamo McFarlane recorded career-high totals of 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Muhlenberg past pesky Swarthmore. The win, combined with Ursinus' loss at Gettysburg, moved the Mules back into a first-place tie in the Centennial Conference East. The two teams will play for the title on Saturday at Muhlenberg. The win also gave the Mules 15 victories for the fourth consecutive year; that hadn't happened in exactly 50 seasons (1947-50). The Garnet Tide led by four at halftime, and Muhlenberg didn't pull away until it hit some free throws late in the second half. Sophomore Mark Lesko came back from injury to score 9 points. Click here for box score.

Friday, February 18
TRACK & FIELD competed at Kutztown’s Bears Den Invite. Senior Kurt Kunsch placed in two events in the Mules' final tuneup for the Centennial Conference Championships. Kunsch tied for second in the pole vault (12-6) and finished sixth in the high jump (5-9). Freshman Jason App was right behind his teammate in pole vault, coming in fourth at 12 feet. Junior Katrina Beck was the top finisher for the women, coming in third in the high jump (5-1). Senior Cindy Bredefeld and junior Laura Roth placed fifth in the 500 meters and 800 meters, respectively. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.

Saturday, February 19
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Ursinus 68, Muhlenberg 62. The Mules ended their regular season with a disappointing loss to Ursinus, which had been winless in the Centennial Conference. The Bears opened up a 13-point first-half lead behind a flurry of three-pointers and Muhlenberg could never catch up. Sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence led the Mules with 19 points, and sophomore Jenn Risley recorded her second double-double with 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Junior P.J. Schwartz scored a career-high 10 points. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 75, Ursinus 59. Five players scored in double figures as Muhlenberg led from wire-to-wire in the showdown for the Centennial Conference East Division championship. The win gave the Mules their sixth title (won or shared) in the seven years of the CC's existence. Senior Chris Kenny got the ball rolling by scoring 4 points in the game's first 18 seconds, and Muhlenberg was up 22-11 midway through the first half. It was 33-26 at halftime, but the Mules opened the second half with a 10 run to extend their lead to 17. Sophomore Mark Lesko led all scorers with 13 points and also blocked 4 shots. Senior Kenyamo McFarlane recorded his second straight double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds), senior Scott Nielsen scored 11 and made his first career three-pointer, and senior Eric Nothstein dropped in 10. Freshman Toomey Anderson tied a career high with 10 points. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING finished fourth at Centennial Conference Championships. Sophomores Andy Faust and Tyler Cathey earned return trips to the NCAA Division III Championships by winning their weight classes at the CC Championships, held at Johns Hopkins. Faust won at 149 pounds by decisioning Josh Chamberlain of Washington & Lee, 8-3 in the final. His semifinal win was the 50th of his career. Cathey earned his second straight crown at heavyweight by pinning Gettysburg's Shawn Greene in the title bout. He will enter the nationals with a season record of 26-2. Junior Dan Ochoa reached the 165-pound final, and sophomore Bill Holsinger placed third at 157 to finished the season with 27 wins, one short of the school record. Click here for box score.


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Last updated February 19, 2000