The Year in ... Fantastic Finishes and Stellar Starts

2012-13 Year in Review

Muhlenberg sports didn’t lack for dramatics in 2012-13. As the list below shows, there were plenty of late heroics that led to Mule wins (and in one case a loss). There were some fast starts too.

Field Hockey vs. Scranton - It was a stellar start and a fantastic finish when Kayleigh Thies scored 57 seconds into overtime to give the Mules a win in their season opener for the first time in five years.

Men’s Soccer vs. Cortland State - A day after scoring a goal 65 seconds into the first game of the season, Cody Antonini needed only 12 seconds to give the Mules a 1-0 lead in the second.

Volleyball vs. DeSales - Trailing 12-11 in the fifth set, Muhlenberg scored four of the last five points – all on kills – to pull out a 3-2 win in a match in which the Bulldogs won the first two sets.

women's soccer celebration Women’s Soccer vs. Gwynedd-Mercy (right) - Shelby Doll scored the lone goal of the game 5:34 into overtime, snapping Muhlenberg’s 290-minute team scoreless drought.

Field Hockey vs. McDaniel - The Mules came back from a 2-0 deficit at halftime and a 3-2 deficit in the second half to win 4-3 in overtime on a goal by Dayna Hovern. A defensive save by Heather Porrini preceded the winning goal.

Football vs. Gettysburg - Joe Carlucci threw a touchdown pass to Ian Gimbar on a fake field goal with 2:32 left in the fourth quarter, and one last-minute Darnell Davis interception later the Mules had a 35-31 win against the previously undefeated Bullets.

Men’s Soccer vs. Ursinus - Cody Antonini scored his first career hat trick in the last game of his career to lead Muhlenberg to a season-ending 5-1 win.

Football vs. Ursinus - Marcus Allen batted down a pass on fourth down on the final play of the game to preserve a 24-17 overtime win on Senior Day. Joe Carlucci came off the bench to lead the game-tying field-goal drive in the last minute of regulation and scored the winning touchdown in OT.

Men’s Basketball vs. Dickinson - Malique Killing’s go-ahead three-pointer with 27.4 seconds left was the key shot in a 61-58 win at eventual Centennial Conference champion Dickinson in a rematch of a 2012 playoff game.

Women’s Basketball vs. Franklin & Marshall - Three days after losing on a banked-in three at the buzzer, the Mules were tied on another banked-in three at the regulation buzzer, but they outscored the Diplomats 13-6 in overtime to win, 71-64.

Women’s Track and Field at Haverford’s Keogh Invitational - Samantha Mayden took the baton for the final leg of the distance medley relay in a distant third place and ran a blistering mile to finish in first by more than a half-second.

Men’s Basketball vs. McDaniel - Muhlenberg outscored the Green Terror 30-13 over the final 11:33 to pull out an 83-82 win in front of a hostile crowd. The victory clinched a Centennial Conference playoff berth for the Mules.

Men’s Basketball vs. Gettysburg - In the first round of the Centennial Conference playoffs, the Mules came back from a 17-point halftime deficit to win, 45-43, on a jumper by Malique Killing with seven-tenths of a second remaining.

Women’s Track and Field at Centennial Conference Championships - The Mules needed to finish two places ahead of Haverford in the 4x400 (the final event) to tie for second place, and they did just that when Claire Thornton surged ahead of two opponents, one from Haverford, in the last few meters.

men's lacrosse celebration Men’s Lacrosse vs. Susquehanna (left) - The Mules snapped a 13-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, winning 7-6 on a goal by Jon Thomas with 2:47 remaining. Muhlenberg had to kill off a penalty in the final minute to preserve the win.

Softball vs. Coe/Misericordia/Marywood/Thiel - Four times in a span of five days in Florida, the Mules posted walkoff wins, by scores of 8-7, 9-8, 12-11 and 11-10. In the last two games, they scored multiple runs in the bottom of the eighth. The wins helped Muhlenberg to a program-best 9-0 start.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Stevens - A fantastic finish that resulted in a loss: Down 8-0 at halftime to the sixth-ranked team in the country, Muhlenberg rallied to force overtime by scoring three goals in the final minute, the last by Jason Mertz with no time left. But the Ducks escaped with an 11-10 win by scoring in overtime.

Baseball vs. Penn State Behrend - Against a team that was receiving votes in the poll and had been invited to a postseason tournament each of the last five years, Muhlenberg scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth for a stunning 7-6 win. Kurt Johnson brought in the winning run with a sacrifice fly.

Men’s Tennis vs. Gettysburg - Muhlenberg won its conference opener, 5-4, when Dylan Ander overcame a 5-2 hole in the third set to complete a 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 win at No. 6 singles in the last match on the court.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Gettysburg - Trailing 9-4 to the nationally ranked Bullets with less than eight minutes remaining, the Mules tied the score on a goal by Jason Mertz with a second left, then completed the come-from-behind 10-9 win when Jon Thomas scored two minutes into overtime.

Softball vs. McDaniel - Colleen O’Donnell’s walkoff three-run double in the bottom of the 10th gave Muhlenberg a 4-3 win and a doubleheader sweep of defending Centennial Conference champion McDaniel.

Women’s Tennis vs. Washington College - In the final match on the court, Sharen Resnikoff came back from a 5-2 deficit at No. 4 singles to win 7-5 in the third set and give the Mules a 5-4 win, their first in Chestertown since 2005.

Baseball vs. Franklin & Marshall - Brett Rosen’s three-run walkoff home run capped a six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth for a 7-5 win against the eventual Centennial Conference champions.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Dickinson - A year after losing to the Red Devils by one goal in double overtime, Muhlenberg turned the tables, winning 16-15 when Ally Shaffer converted a free-position shot with 15.6 seconds left.