Twice as Nice


A quick look at Muhlenberg’s five 2003-04 Centennial Conference championships:

  The Mules became the first team in CC history to drop their league opener and then go on to win the title, their third in a row. The key game was a 14-6 win against Johns Hopkins – the Blue Jays’ only loss of the season. A stingy defense that allowed only 13.7 points per game (15th in Division III) made up for a spotty offense. Muhlenberg (7-3) lost to Christopher Newport, 24-20, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Senior wide receiver/kick returner Kodi Shay (right) was named CC offensive player of the year and a second-team All-American.
  Muhlenberg reeled off a 13-game unbeaten streak following its CC-opening loss to McDaniel, capturing its third conference championship in four years with a 1-0 win against Gettysburg in the title match. The Mules (16-4-2) hosted a regional in the NCAA Tournament and defeated Eastern Connecticut State, 3-1, before dropping a 1-0 squeaker to Scranton, at the time undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country. Senior Dawn Iberer (right) earned first-team All-CC honors for the fourth year in a row and graduated as the program’s all-time scoring leader.
  The Mules began their charge to the CC championship with a 3-1 win against Johns Hopkins, snapping the Blue Jays’ 29-game regular-season conference winning streak, and ended it with another defeat of Hopkins, 2-1 in the title game. All told, Muhlenberg racked up its first undefeated CC season since 1995, outscoring its league opponents by a whopping 32-4 margin. The Mules defeated Gordon in a shootout in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but lost to Stevens Tech in the second round. Senior midfielder Evan Smallwood earned second-team All-America honors, while senior back Justin Henning (right) was a third-team Academic All-American.
  A 5-4 win against Swarthmore, then ranked 16th in Division III and with a 15-match CC winning streak, set the stage for the Mules’ first undefeated CC season and their first outright CC championship. Muhlenberg finished with a 12-3 record that included a school-record seven shutouts. All three losses came to teams that were invited to the NCAA Tourmament, and the Mules, ranked eighth in the region and 28th in Division III, nearly earned an invite themselves. Senior Gena Ross (right), the defending CC singles champion, earned first-team All-CC honors for the third year in a row.
  Head Coach Kevin Edwards announced his resignation to become head professional at a new club in Easton, and his team gave him the perfect going-away present: the CC championship. The Mules, who shared the lead after two rounds in 2003 only to falter on the final day, this time held on to their three-stroke lead, winning by five to take their fourth title in eight years. Senior Matt Katz (right) tied for fifth, finishing in the top 10 at the CC Championships for the fourth straight year.

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