Muhlenberg College

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Monday, September 10, 2001
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Sergio Masvidal While several of his Muhlenberg teammates enjoyed the novelty of taking a dip in the Pacific Ocean during their trip to California last week, being near the water is nothing new for Sergio Masvidal.

The senior cornerback hails from Miami and lives about 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. He is a frequent beach-goer when he’s home for the summer.

“I really wanted to get away from Miami to go to school, just to experience something new,” said Masvidal of his unusual college choice. “I wanted a liberal arts education, so Muhlenberg was a good fit for me.”

The Mules’ game at Cal Lutheran was no walk on the beach for the defense, which was on the field for 88 plays. The defensive backfield was under particular pressure from the “Purple Stretch” offense.

“We definitely got our conditioning in today,” joked Masvidal after the game. “It’s an experience, we’ll learn from it, we’ll take it to the next game, and hopefully it will help us out during the season.”

Although he’s a senior, Masvidal figures to take away plenty of new experiences this year, since he’s in his first season as a starter. He played minimally his first two years at Muhlenberg, then broke into the lineup as a “nickel” back last year. He won the starting cornerback job in training camp this year.

“It makes me feel good, like all the hard work paid off,” he said of his new status as a starter. “It’s finally my time, and I’m trying to make the most of it.”

Masvidal has always made the most of his role and takes great pride in his contributions as the Mules have improved from a 5-5 team his freshman year to a 9-2 squad last season. “If you’re on the scout team, you’re still helping,” he noted. “It’s not the most glamorous job, but you’re still part of the team. And now that I’m a starter, I can see it from both sides. Everybody contributes. This thing doesn’t go with only the starters.”

A psychology major, Masvidal plans to take a year off after he leaves Muhlenberg, then attend to graduate school for industrial or organizational psychology.

A weekly look at what the Mules’ opponents are doing:

Field Hockey: CC play opened up with a pair of games. Defending champion Johns Hopkins blanked Haverford, 4-0, while Western Maryland beat Swarthmore for the first time in nine meetings, 1-0. In non-league action, Gettysburg edged Eastern Mennonite, 2-1, and Washington (Md.) defeated Juniata in overtime, 3-2.

Football: Things evened up in the standings after Saturday, with everyone in the CC at 1-1, except for Johns Hopkins, which toppled Washington & Lee, 34-3, in its opener. Dickinson, Muhlenberg’s opponent this Saturday, lost to Hobart, 6-2. CC preseason favorite Western Maryland earned its first win by dominating Susquehanna, 63-27. Ursinus won a shootout in double overtime against Waynesburg, 41-35.

Women’s Soccer: Western Maryland, who will be the Mules’ first CC opponent on Saturday, fell to Mary Washington, 2-1, while Johns Hopkins improved to 3-0 on the season by dominating Johnson & Wales, 6-0, for its 14th consecutive win dating back to last season. This season, the Blue Jays are outscoring their opponents, 13-0. In other action, Swarthmore improved to 4-0 for the first time in history, while Dickinson won its own tournament.

Men’s Soccer: 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins continued to roll up big numbers, as it crushed King’s, 5-0, and improved to 3-0 on the season, outscoring its opponents 14-1. Dickinson, Muhlenberg’s opponent on Saturday, went 2-0 at its own tournament, but finished second via a tiebreaker. Gettysburg won the Blue Jay Classic at Elizabethtown, while Haverford lost a 2-1 decision to No. 2 Rowan in the title match of its Jimmy Mills Tournament.

Volleyball: Haverford faced the stiffest competition over the weekend, falling to 6th-ranked Trinity and 11th-ranked Emory while finishing 1-3 at the Emory Invitational. Gettysburg won its own Battlefield Classic, not losing a game while going 5-0 in its matches, including a 3-0 victory over Muhlenberg’s next opponent, Delaware Valley. Delaware Valley did defeat CC member Washington (Md.), 3-2.

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Last updated September 10, 2001