Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pa.
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Junior quarterback Justin Jones rushed for 91 yards and three consecutive fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Muhlenberg football team (5-2, 4-1) pulled away late to score its first win at Gettysburg (2-5, 0-4) since 1991.

The win clinched the Mules’ fourth straight non-losing season, which hadn’t happened since 1986-89. It also marked the first time in over 40 years that Muhlenberg shut out an opponent two straight seasons (Scranton, 1957-58). The Mules blanked the Bullets by an identical 41-0 score in 2000.

The Muhlenberg defense allowed only 151 yards and nine first downs and was particularly stingy in the second half, giving up just 49 yards and one first down. Senior linebacker Jon-Paul Skarpetowski led the defense with 12 tackles, including three for losses, and two pass breakups, one on fourth down. He also ran 3 yards for a first down on a fake punt. Junior defensive back Bo Rodrigues made seven stops and returned an interception 54 yards.

Sophomore Matt Bernardo led a Mule ground game that rolled up 339 yards with 164 yards on 28 carries. He scored the lone touchdown of the first half, a 13-yard scamper that gave him a school-record 17 TDs for the season.

Jones extended the lead to 14-0 late in the third quarter with an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior Joshua Carter on third-and-long. Carter, who also returned seven punts for 114 yards, now has 39 career touchdowns, one short of the school record.

Jones rushed 41 yards into the end zone on an option play on the Mules’ first offensive play of the fourth quarter, igniting a four-touchdown final period. Senior Kamali Roberts (77 yards) capped the scoring with a 3-yard run.

Jones, who also passed for 125 yards, set a school record for quarterbacks with his three rushing touchdowns in the game and became the second Muhlenberg player this year to score three touchdowns in a quarter. Carter, the first player to do it, broke his own school record for yards on punt returns in a season (460). With 1,477 career yards on punt returns, he needs four more to break the Centennial Conference career record. Carter also went over 2,500 receiving yards for his career.

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• Volleyball: Scranton 3, Muhlenberg 2; Susquehanna 3, Muhlenberg 0. It wasn’t a good day for the Mules (17-9) in Scranton, where they dropped two non-conference matches, but it was in Baltimore, where Johns Hopkins swept Franklin & Marshall. Muhlenberg is now in a five-way tie for first place in the Centennial Conference with one match to play.

Senior Laura Funsten had a career-high 13 kills in the first match and recorded her 1,000th career dig in the nightcap. She is the fourth player in team history to reach that milestone, and the first setter. Junior Lisa Giammalvo had 17 kills and 15 digs against Scranton. Click here for box scores.

• Field Hockey: Johns Hopkins 1, Muhlenberg 0. The Mules (7-9, 3-5) were eliminated from the Centennial Conference playoff hunt with a loss under the lights in Baltimore. Despite receiving 10 penalty corners in the second half, Muhlenberg was unable to find the back of the net and suffered its sixth one-goal loss of the season. Click here for box score.

• Cross Country: women finished 22nd and men 24th at Gettysburg Invitational. Muhlenberg sent a handful of runners to Gettysburg while most of the varsity competitors stayed at home for a training run in their final preparation for next weekend’s Centennial Conference Championships. Sophomore Erica Norey led the women’s team, and senior Bob Bergmann paced the men. Click here for box score.

• Women’s Tennis at Kutztown Invitational. Muhlenberg competed in a flighted tournament that consisted of two schools each from Divisions I, II and III. Sophomores Sarah Niebler and Megan Schreiber both won consolation brackets in the C flight. Click here for Muhlenberg results.

Men Record Third Straight Shutout

• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 3, Washington (Md.) 1. Sophomore Sharon Seggel had a goal and assist as the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team (15-2, 9-0) defeated Washington to clinch a share of the Centennial Conference regular-season title and homefield for the CC playoffs.

The Mules will host the four-team championship tournament next Saturday and Sunday. The winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Today’s win extended Muhlenberg’s school-record winning streak to 13. The Mules also tied a school record (set in 1998 and tied in 2000) with their 15th win of the season.

Sophomore Courtney Levine and freshman Rebecca Armstrong also scored for Muhlenberg, which is 23-1-1 in its last 25 CC games. Click here for box score.

• Men’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 4, Swarthmore 0. Sophomore Mark Lee was involved in all four goals, scoring twice and assisting on two goals, to lead the Mules (10-5, 4-3) to their third straight win. Muhlenberg has now reached double digits in victories for the 15th time in 16 seasons.

Lee, who did not start the game, set up freshman Tim Sparta for the first goal and junior Ben Long for the third. With six points in the game, he nearly matched his career total of eight going in.

Freshman Chris Davis started his third straight shutout in goal and assisted on the final goal with a long punt.

Despite the win, Muhlenberg did not gain any ground in the Centennial Conference race. The Mules are still tied with Haverford and Western Maryland, both of whom won, for the fourth and final playoff spot, and they have lost to both. Two games remain in the regular season.

“This was a good win. The whole team played well,” said Lee. “We want to win our two remaining games and score as many goals as possible so we can have a chance in a tiebreaker. We will focus on finishing goals and playing hard the rest of the season.”

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Last updated October 20, 2001