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Saturday, October 13, 2001 (Homecoming)
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Football Outlasts Johns Hopkins
Special Teams, Defense Come Up Big
Sophomore Matt Bernardo ran for two first-quarter touchdowns and the special teams made two game-turning plays in the third quarter to lift the Muhlenberg football team (4-2, 3-1) to a 22-14 Homecoming win over Johns Hopkins.

Bernardo scored on rushes of 1 and 5 yards in the first 10 minutes of the game. The touchdowns gave him 16 for the season, tying the school record he also tied last year. He finished the game with 55 yards on 19 carries.

Johns Hopkins (4-2, 2-1) had closed to within 14-7 when, midway through the third quarter, Muhlenberg freshman Justin Saverine punted the ball to the 4-yard line. On the next play from scrimmage, the Blue Jays were called for intentional grounding in the end zone, giving the Mules a safety and a 16-7 lead.

Senior Joshua Carter returned the ensuing free kick 73 yards to the Hopkins 1-yard line. Two plays later, junior quarterback Justin Jones carried in for a touchdown.

A fourth-quarter touchdown made it 22-14, but senior rover Kit Spicer intercepted a pass near the goal line in the final minute to thwart a potential game-tying drive.

Jones rushed for a career-high 62 yards for the Mules. Senior cornerback Sergio Masvidal intercepted a pass for the third straight game.

Carter reached two career milestones in the game, surpassing 6,000 all-purpose yards and 2,000 yards on kickoff returns.

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The Muhlenberg cross country teams both had strong performances in the DeSales Invitational.

The women came in sixth out of 27 complete teams for their best finish ever at DeSales/Allentown. Senior Katie Garrett and freshman Jenna Belisonzi placed 20th and 29th, respectively, in a field of 193 runners.


In the 35-team men’s race, the Mules came in 11th, directly ahead of their local Division III rivals, Moravian and DeSales. Muhlenberg was two points shy of the top 10 and Centennial Conference foe Swarthmore. Pacing the Mules were junior Brendan Gallagher, in 13th place, and sophomore Rob Uniszkiewicz (above), in 27th. Click here for box score.

• Field Hockey: Gettysburg 3, Muhlenberg 0: Gettysburg (7-8, 5-1) scored three first-half goals to send the Mules (5-8, 2-4) to their third straight defeat. Click here for box score.

• Men’s Soccer: Western Maryland 4, Muhlenberg 1. Junior Ben Long’s second-half goal prevented a shutout, but the Mules (7-5, 3-3) dropped into a fourth-place tie with Western Maryland (9-4, 3-3) in the CC. Click here for box score.

Women’s Soccer Takes Over First Place

Sophomore Dawn Iberer’s second goal of the game, 1:12 into the second overtime, gave the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team (13-2, 7-0) a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Gettysburg (9-5, 6-1) in the battle for sole possession of first place in the Centennial Conference.

The win was the 11th straight for the Mules, setting a school record, and it was their first ever against the Bullets in 11 all-time meetings. It was also the first time in team history that Muhlenberg overcame a two-goal halftime deficit to win.

The Mules scored just 43 seconds into the match, on a goal by senior Jennie Vroman, but Gettysburg netted three goals in a 24-minute span against a Muhlenberg defense that had allowed a total of three goals in the previous 10 games.

Second-half goals by Iberer and sophomore Courtney Levine, the latter with 16:35 to go, tied the score and set the stage for Iberer’s heroics. “It was a long, intense game and we just wanted to finish it,” said an exhausted Iberer moments after scoring the game-winner.

Vroman assisted on both of Iberer’s goals. The Mules, who entered the week 0-2-3 all-time in sudden-death double-overtime games, have now won two of them in a row. Click here for box score.

• Volleyball: Muhlenberg 3, Gettysburg 0; Muhlenberg 3, Washington (Md.) 0. The Muhlenberg volleyball team (16-7, 6-2) recorded 17 aces in the first match en route to a stunning sweep of Centennial Conference leader Gettysburg (16-6, 7-1).

The Bullets entered the match as the second-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic Region, with only one loss to a Division III team all year. They also held a 14-0 series lead against the Mules.

Junior Jennifer Leigh had five of the Muhlenberg’s aces, including two in the first game that helped the Mules pull away for a 30-23 win. Junior Dana Ferrelli served four aces to go along with 10 kills and 13 digs.

Junior Meaghan Billie led the attack with 13 kills, while senior Laura Funsten recorded 34 assists. Junior Lisa Giammalvo had 17 digs.

Leigh added six assists and Billie nine kills in the nightcap as Muhlenberg breezed past winless Washington. Click here for box scores.

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Last updated October 13, 2001