Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pa.
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Friday, November 9, 2001
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Who: Moravian (3-5) at Muhlenberg (7-2)
What: The traditional season-ending game between Lehigh Valley rivals. The Muhlenberg seniors need a win to tie the school record for most wins over a four-year span (28, set from 1985-88).
When: Saturday, November 10, 1:00
Where: Scotty Wood Stadium
On the Air: Greg Kadetsky, Justin Deutsch and Jon Eddy will call the game live on WMUH 91.7 FM. To listen in, go to the WMUH Web site and click on Real Audio ... The game is also being televised live by Service Electric TV2 and broadcast on the radio on WGPA 1100AM.

Series Record: Moravian leads the all-time series, 29-18-2, but Muhlenberg has won the last three meetings by a combined score of 130-60.

Scouting the Greyhounds: Moravian has outscored its opponents, 209-203, but still needs to win its final two games (including next week’s makeup game at FDU-Madison) to finish at .500. The Greyhounds are coming off their worst game of the season, a 41-14 loss to Susquehanna in which they committed seven turnovers. Senior wide receiver Michael Abbate caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season and became the fifth player in team history to reach 1,500 career receiving yards. He leads the team with 34 receptions. Junior Josh Fick (468 yards) and sophomores Dave Darmofal (319) and Tim Barlok (242) lead a running game that averages 4.2 yards per carry. Barlok needs 93 yards to become the 17th player in team history to reach 1,000 in a career. Linebackers John Cupples (72 tackles, 17 for loss) and Bill Engler (60 tackles, 10 for loss) lead the defense.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg is coming off its best game of the season, a 63-13 win at Hartwick. The 63 points scored and 50-point margin of victory were the most for the Mules since a 67-7 win against Swarthmore in 1947. Senior free safety Erik Hammar intercepted four passes, the most by a Mule since 1942, giving him six in the last two weeks. Muhlenberg has held quarterbacks to a 39.0-percent completion percentage with 12 picks during its current four-game winning streak. Junior Justin Jones became the first Muhlenberg quarterback since 1974 to rush for 100 yards in a game, with 115 on nine carries against Hartwick, and threw three touchdown passes. Senior Joshua Carter set school records for career touchdowns (41) and receiving yards (2,680) and needs five catches to break the career record of 169. Sophomore Matt Bernardo, who scored twice last week, needs 10 yards to become the first sophomore in team history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. The Mules need 41 points to break the school record of 368 in a season.


Muhlenberg College is the host school for the NCAA Division III Mideast Cross Country Regional, which will be held in conjunction with the Division I District II qualifier tomorrow at Lehigh’s Murray H. Goodman Campus.

Cross Country

The Division III women’s 5,000-meter race is scheduled for 1:15, with the men’s 8K race to follow at 2:15. The Division I races are scheduled for 11:00 (men) and 12:15 (women).

The meet is a qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships, which are slated for Saturday, Nov. 17, at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. A total of 40 men’s teams and 43 women’s teams are scheduled to participate.

For the men’s race, the top two teams qualify, as well as the top eight individuals not on those teams. Haverford (ranked 4th in Division III) and Elizabethtown (26th) are the likely men’s team qualifiers.

For the women’s race, the top two teams qualify, as well as the top six individuals not on those teams. Moravian (3rd) and either Dickinson (11th) or Haverford (13th) are the favorites.

The top 35 individuals in each race are named to the All-Region Team.

Both Muhlenberg teams will be aiming for their best finish ever at the regionals. The men placed 12th in 1991, while the women were 12th in both 1991 and 1997. The Mules are also looking for their first-ever national qualifier.

Meet results will be posted late Saturday afternoon here.

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Last updated November 9, 2001