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1999-2000 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of January 31 to February 6
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
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.

The Muhlenberg College men’s basketball team received votes in the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region poll for Jan. 30. The poll ranks teams 1-6 and lists any other schools that receive votes under honorable mention. The latest rankings are:

1. Catholic (15-3)
2. Albright (14-3)
3. Widener (14-3)
4. Wilkes (13-5)
5. Cabrini (14-4)
6. Lycoming (13-5)
honorable mention
Allentown (12-5)
Franklin & Marshall (13-5)
Susquehanna (12-6)

Both Muhlenberg basketball teams are tied for first in the Centennial Conference East Division with two weeks to play. The men, shooting for their sixth title (won or shared) in the last seven years, dropped into a first place tie on Feb. 5 by losing to Johns Hopkins while Ursinus defeated Western Maryland. Both teams are a game in front of Washington, a loser to Dickinson. Current standings:

EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   6-3   12-7
Ursinus      6-3   14-6
Washington   5-4    9-11
Swarthmore   2-7    3-16
Haverford    1-8    3-17
F & M        7-2   15-5
J. Hopkins   6-3   14-6
Dickinson    6-3   10-10
Gettysburg   5-4   12-8
Western Md.  1-8    3-16
The Muhlenberg women, the four-time defending division champions, moved back into a first-place tie by knocking off West leader Johns Hopkins on Feb. 5 while Swarthmore lost to Franklin & Marshall. The Mules can clinch a postseason berth with a win against Haverford on Feb. 9. Current standings:
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   7-2   12-8
Swarthmore   7-2   12-8
Haverford    4-5    7-12
Washington   1-8    6-13
Ursinus      0-10   3-16
J. Hopkins   7-2   15-5
F & M        6-3   10-9
Gettysburg   6-4   12-7
Western Md.  5-4    9-9
Dickinson    3-6    6-14

Monday, January 31
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Elizabethtown 69, Muhlenberg 56. The Mules fell into an early hole and could not climb back in their final non-conference game of the season. The Blue Jays, who are ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, flew out to a 29-10 lead after 10 minutes. Muhlenberg couldn't cut the deficit to single digits until the final two minutes. Sophomore Jenn Risley led the Mules with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, February 2
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Dickinson 59, Muhlenberg 55. The Mules were "boarded" to death by the last-place team in the Centennial Conference West, as Dickinson made up for 27-percent shooting by grabbing 27 offensive rebounds. Muhlenberg, which had its six-game CC winning streak snapped and fell a game behind Swarthmore atop the East Division, sprinted out to a 10-0 lead, but the Devils got back to within two by halftime. Sophomore Jenn Risley scored 13 points, while junior Jennifer O'Neill (12) and sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence (10) also hit double figures. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Dickinson 71, Muhlenberg 65 (2OT). Despite giving up only one field goal in the two overtime periods, the Mules had their seven-game winning streak snapped. Dickinson tied the game on a basket with 3 seconds left in regulation, then made 15 of 17 free throws in the two extra periods, scoring all 12 of its second-overtime points from the line. Senior Eric Nothstein led Muhlenberg with 16 points, while freshman Anthony Strachan had 11 points and 7 rebounds and senior Chris Kenny scored 10. Freshmen Aaron Holden (7) and Toomey Anderson (6) both had career-high totals in rebounds. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Ursinus 40, Muhlenberg 10. Sophomores Tyler Cathey and Bill Holsinger were the only winners as the Mules dropped their fifth straight match. Cathey scored his eighth pin of the season at heavyweight to remain a perfect 7-0 for his career in Centennial Conference bouts. Holsinger's team-leading 23rd win of the season came on a major decision. Click here for box score.

Saturday, February 5
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 62, Johns Hopkins 51. The Mules held Johns Hopkins to 33-percent shooting (23 percent in the first half) and withstood a late rally to upset the 11th-ranked Blue Jays. The win, combined with Swarthmore's loss to Franklin & Marshall, put Muhlenberg back into a first-place tie in the Centennial Conference East. Sophomore Randi Baran hit a three-pointer to kick off a 10-0 run at the end of the first half that sent the Mules into the locker room with a 27-17 lead. Muhlenberg led by as many as 15 early in the second half, only to have Hopkins cut the margin to four on two occasions. The Mules held on by hitting 12 of 14 free throws in the final two minutes. Sophomore Jenn Risley and junior Jennifer O'Neill led Muhlenberg with 14 points apiece, and sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence added 13. Sophomore Amanda Spengler scored all 9 of her points from the line and also dished out 6 assists with no turnovers. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Johns Hopkins 61, Muhlenberg 58. Muhlenberg had a 10-point lead with fewer than 10 minutes to go, but couldn't hold on and dropped its second straight Centennial Conference game. The Mules held Hopkins to 35.8-percent shooting, but attempted 17 fewer free throws and lost to the Blue Jays in the regular season for the seventh straight year. Sophomore Mark Lesko scored a game-high 21 points and also pulled down 8 rebounds. Senior Eric Nothstein added 10 points. Click here for box score.
TRACK & FIELD women finished 13th and men 10th at F&M’s Iannicelli Invitational. Two school-record performances by the men's team highlighted the Mules' third meet of the indoor season. Senior Kurt Kunsch won the pole vault at 13-6, tying the school record and qualifying for the ECAC championships. Freshman Brendan Gallagher came in third in the 5,000 meters, shattering the previous school record by more than 10 seconds. Sophomore Will Elson missed the school record in the 1,500 by just one second, placing third. For the women, junior Katrina Beck tied for fourth in the high jump, junior Laura Roth came in fifth in the 3,000 meters, and senior Erin Quinlivan tied for sixth in the pole vault, tying her own school record of 7 feet. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.
WRESTLING Lycoming 45, Muhlenberg 9; Muhlenberg 24, Hunter 23; York 39, Muhlenberg 9. The Mules won one and lost two in a quadrangular meet at Lycoming. Sophomores Andy Faust and Tyler Cathey both went 3-0. Faust (18-4) defeated a York wrestler who has been nationally ranked this year and pinned another opponent in a career-best 23 seconds. Cathey recorded two pins and a forfeit to improve to 20-2 on the season with 10 pins. Click here for box scores.

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Last updated February 5, 2000