Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pa.
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Saturday, November 17, 2001
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The King’s football overcame a 22-3 deficit late in the second quarter by scoring 29 straight points to defeat Muhlenberg, 32-29, in the ECAC Southeast championship game.

Monarch quarterback Tom Pieranotzzi was named game MVP after completing 12 of 18 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 67 additional yards on only 10 carries.

Muhlenberg (7-4) stormed out of the gates, scoring on three of its four first-quarter possessions and fumbling at the King’s 6-yard line on its other drive. Sophomore Matt Bernardo (22-yard reception) and freshman Zack Trach (1-yard run) scored touchdowns, but the Mules missed both extra points.

Bernardo’s second touchdown of the game made it 22-3 with 5:02 remaining in the half, but Pierantozzi threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:02, to make it 22-17.

Two third-quarter touchdown runs by Chris Shivery gave the Monarchs (8-3) a 32-22 lead. A 2-yard touchdown by junior Justin Jones cut the gap to three.

The Mules recovered an onsides kick following Jones’s score and drove to the 38-yard line, from where they successfully converted a fake punt. They eventually drove to the King’s 5-yard line, but were stopped on a fourth-and-1. On Muhlenberg’s next drive, a potential game-tying 37-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

Muhlenberg got the ball back one last time, with 3:01 left in the fourth quarter, and twice converted on fourth down, once when Jones ran for 12 yards on fourth-and-8. The Mules got to their own 43-yard line before the drive ended with under a minute remaining after three straight incomplete passes and a fourth-down sack.

Jones passed for a season-high 280 yards in the losing effort, and Bernardo rushed for 107. Senior Joshua Carter closed out his brilliant career by catching 10 passes for 163 yards. Junior Bo Rodrigues made nine tackles, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.

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• Cross Country: Junior Brendan Gallagher finished 167th with an excellent time of 26:32 at the NCAA Division III Championships, hosted by Augustana. Wis.-Lacrosse won the national championship, with Haverford coming in 12th. For complete results, go to the Augustana Web site and follow the links.

Women Down Springfield, Men Lose to Moravian

Sophomore Susan Marchiano had 16 points and 12 rebounds for her first career double-double to lead the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team to a 60-48 win over 25th-ranked Springfield in the championship game of the Scotty Wood Tournament. The Mule men lost their title game to Moravian, 88-75.

As they did in their opening win against Widener, the Muhlenberg women never trailed. Senior Jenn Risley scored six of her 16 points in an early 14-4 run that gave the Mules a 19-9 lead. Springfield closed to within four points on one occasion, but Muhlenberg maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the second half.

The Mule defense held Springfield to 30.8-percent shooting, and the Pride’s preseason All-American, guarded primarily by Risley, scored only 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting.

Marchiano, who was named tournament MVP after scoring 42 points and shooting 67.8 percent in the two games, also had three blocked shots and three steals. Sophomore Becky Richmond tied a career high with 10 rebounds. Click here for box score.

Joining Risley on the All-Tournament Team were Catherine Proto and Kelly Thompson of Springfield, Nikki Carden of Widener and Kristin Feldman of Gallaudet. Widener defeated Gallaudet, 77-54, in the consolation game.

The Moravian men gained revenge for Muhlenberg’s win in the 2001 Greyhound Classic and won their first Scotty Wood championship in seven tries since 1987. The final ended a string of seven straight Scotty Wood title games decided by five points or fewer.

The Greyhounds scored the first seven points of the game and were never seriously threatened, hitting several clutch shots with the shot clock winding down in the second half.

Senior Mark Lesko scored a game-high 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He was 19-of-22 from the field in the two tournament games. Junior Toomey Anderson recorded 14 points and six assists. Click here for box score.

Moravian freshman Brandon Zaleski was named tournament MVP after scoring 22 points in the title game. Teammates Ken Greb and Lucas Malishchak, as well as Shawn McCormick of Baldwin-Wallace and Joel Gaines of Philadelphia Biblical rounded out the All-Tournament Team. Baldwin-Wallace finished third with a 65-51 win in the consolation game.

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