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Mule Women, Garrett Champions in Cross Country
Men Finish Second in Classic
Behind senior Katie Garrett’s gold-medal performance, the Muhlenberg women’s cross country team won today’s Mule Classic. The Mule men finished second to Rowan.

Katie Garrett
Garrett (left) ran the 5-kilometer course in 20:29.9, outdistancing the second-place runner by nearly seven seconds. She led a parade of five Muhlenberg runners in the top 11, as the Mules easily outscored the Moravian JVs to win their first Mule Classic championship since 1997.

“I was hoping to win,” said Garrett, “Especially because this is my last year. I started out with a few girls ahead of me and I was worried because I didn’t know if I could hang with them.

“I passed them about halfway into the race, and I tried to pull away the last mile.”

Joining Garrett in the top 10 were freshman Jenna Belisonzi (sixth) and sophomores Diana Garretto (seventh) and Erica Norey (eighth). The Mules had several of their top runners sit the race out.

“I think we have a great team this year,” Garrett noted. “The program is really taking off, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

For the men, sophomore Rob Uniszkiewicz took over the pace in the absence of the Mules’ usual No. 1 runner and finished second, 22 seconds behind Randy Wetzel of Richard Stockton. Sophomore Nate Horst also made the top 10, coming in eighth.

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• Men’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 2, Dickinson 0. Junior David Vassilaros scored his second goal of the season midway through the first half to open the scoring as Muhlenberg opened Centennial Conference play with a win at Dickinson. The Mules, ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic region, also got a goal from sophomore Mark Lee late in the first half. Senior Rob Pomento made eight saves to record his 11th career shutout. Click here for box score.

• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 3, Western Maryland 0. Sophomore Dawn Iberer scored two goals for the second straight game to lead Muhlenberg to a win at Western Maryland in its Centennial Conference opener. The Mules are the defending CC champions. Junior Jamie Gluck also scored and sophomore Sharon Seggel recorded a pair of assists as Muhlenberg won its third straight. Iberer’s two scores made her the sixth player in team history with 20 career goals. Click here for box score.

• Field Hockey: Franklin & Marshall 2, Muhlenberg 1. Muhlenberg ceded the winning goal just 18 seconds after tying the game and lost its third straight one-goal game. Freshman Kristen Bruschi scored off a feed from Melissa Eicken late in the first half to tie the score, but F&M came right back down the field to take the lead again. The second half was scoreless, although the Mules had the potential game-tying goal whistled back. Click here for box score.

• Men’s Tennis: Kutztown 9, Muhlenberg 0. Muhlenberg won only 11 games in six singles matches and dropped its first match of the fall. Click here for box score.

Bernardo, Jones, Defense Shine in Home Opener
Sophomore Matt Bernardo rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Muhlenberg football team to a 47-3 rout of Dickinson in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams.

The 47 points tied the most scored by the Mules in a CC game since 1998, and were the most they scored against Dickinson since 1968.

Junior Justin Jones passed for 195 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 53 yards and another score. Senior Kamali Roberts scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns – his first since his freshman year – and ended with 77 yards on only seven carries.

The Mules outgained the Red Devils, 491-180, and allowed only three pass completions the entire game. Senior linebacker Doug Folger led the defense with 13 tackles, while junior defensive ends Michael Ferreira and Mike Koth recorded a pair of sacks apiece and junior Bo Rodrigues notched his first career interception.

Bernardo scored on runs of 1, 27 and 8 yards, giving him 23 touchdowns in 13 career games. The third of his scores came with 11:55 left in the third quarter and gave Muhlenberg a 27-0 lead.

Dickinson had a first-and-goal on the 2 on its ensuing possession, but senior rover Kit Spicer tackled the Red Devil running back for a 4-yard loss, and Ferreira sacked the quarterback on the next play. Dickinson did convert a field-goal attempt, spoiling the shutout bid.

With 8 seconds left in the quarter, senior Michael Stankowitz, a converted linebacker, caught a 1-yard pass from Jones for his first career touchdown.

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Last updated September 15, 2001