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Tuesday, October 9, 2001
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For the first time this season, the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team has received votes for the national top 25. The Mules, who have won nine in a row, are fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region:

1. New Jersey (12-0)
2. Messiah (11-0)
3. Elizabethtown (10-3)
4. MUHLENBERG (11-2)
5. Gettysburg (8-4-1)
6. Dickinson (9-3-1)
7. Salisbury (8-1-2)
8. Scranton (11-2)
9. Mary Washington (9-2-2)
10. Rowan (7-3)

• Men’s Soccer ranked: The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team held at eighth place in the week’s Mid-Atlantic regional rankings:

1. Messiah (12-0)
2. Johns Hopkins (10-1)
3. Drew (9-2-1)
4t. Arcadia (8-0-1)
4t. Carnegie Mellon (7-1)
6. Franklin & Marshall (8-1)
7. Gettysburg (9-3)
9. Western Maryland (8-3)
10. Elizabethtown (7-4-1)

Football gets more votes: The Muhlenberg football team, idle last week, moved up from one vote to four votes in the AFCA Division III poll. Johns Hopkins, the Mules’ opponent on Saturday, received seven votes.


Fall Break provided the opportunity for many Muhlenberg athletes to gear up for the stretch drive. Four teams return to competition in the next two days, and all four contests will be challenging.

Wednesday, 4:00 — Women’s Soccer at Franklin & Marshall

Five teams in the Centennial Conference have zero or one loss. One of them is Muhlenberg (11-2, 5-0), and another is Johns Hopkins (8-2-1, 3-1-1), whose only loss is to Muhlenberg. The Mules play the other three teams – F&M (10-2, 4-1), Gettysburg (8-4, 5-0) and Dickinson (9-3-1, 4-1-1) – in succession in a crucial eight-day stretch that will determine their postseason fate. Muhlenberg has won nine in a row, outscoring its opponents 24-2 during the streak. The Diplomats have won eight of their last nine, earning all four of their CC wins by a single goal. The Mules hold an 8-1 series lead, including a 3-0 win last year.

Wednesday, 7:00 — Volleyball vs. Franklin & Marshall

With back-to-back CC wins against Johns Hopkins and Haverford, Muhlenberg (14-6, 4-1) has already defeated two of the four teams that made the conference tournament last year. The Mules will try to make it 4-for-4 when they host F&M (13-6, 5-1) tomorrow and Gettysburg (15-5, 5-0) on Saturday. The Diplomats are the two-time defending CC champions and have an all-time record of 78-8 in CC play. Their loss this year was to Haverford, a team Muhlenberg defeated in three games. F&M leads the series 10-1; the Mules’ lone win came in 1992.

Wednesday, 7:00 — Men’s Soccer at Messiah

Although this isn’t a Centennial Conference game, it’s an important regional matchup for the Mules (7-3). Messiah (12-0) is the defending national champion and has won 29 in a row. The Falcons are ranked No. 1 in Division III and are outscoring their opponents 61-5 this season. “Messiah is a great team and they’ve proved it by playing good teams and beating them,” noted Muhlenberg senior co-captain Greg Ramos. “But we think we can be just as good and we’re looking for nothing less than a win.” Messiah leads the series, 10-8-2, but Muhlenberg hasn’t won a regular-season game in Grantham since 1992.

Thursday, 7:00 — Field Hockey vs. Swarthmore

The race for the four CC playoff spots is shaping up to be a scramble, as seven of the 10 teams currently have between one and three losses. Included in that mix are Swarthmore (5-5, 2-3) and Muhlenberg (5-6, 2-2), both of which qualified for the playoffs last year. Both teams lost to first-place Washington (8-4, 6-0) by a single goal. The Garnet has won the last eight meetings to take a 12-7 series lead, but the last two games at Scotty Wood Stadium have both gone into double overtime.

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Last updated October 9, 2001