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Football Records Second 40-Point Win
Mules Set Up Showdown With Western Maryland

Sophomore Matt Bernardo rushed for 187 yards and tied two school records to lead the Muhlenberg football team to a 45-3 Centennial Conference victory at Franklin & Marshall.

The win, coming on the heels of last week’s 47-3 pasting of Dickinson, marked the first time since 1968 that the Mules (4-1) won back-to-back games by 40 points or more. And it set up next Saturday’s showdown with four-time defending CC champion Western Maryland, the only other 2-0 team in the CC (Johns Hopkins is 0-0).

Bernardo rushed for four touchdowns, matching the school record he tied in the 2000 finale against Moravian. More impressively, Bernardo tied the school record for rushing touchdowns in a career (25) in just his 14th game. He also became the 20th player in team history to run for more than 1,000 yards in a career.

“The offensive line opened up great holes today,” said Bernardo. “Other teams are always aware of [senior wide receiver Joshua] Carter and they try to stop him. It makes it harder for him, but it opens it up for other people.”

Carter was held without a reception, but did set a school record with 154 yards on punt returns. He needs just 23 more yards to break the all-time Division III record.

On the strength of Bernardo’s 158 yards and three touchdown runs, Muhlenberg opened up a 24-3 halftime lead. The Mules turned the ball over three times in the second quarter, but the defense allowed only the one field goal. This is the first time Muhlenberg has held consecutive opponents to a field goal or less since 1986.

Freshman Justin Saverine, making his varsity debut, had an outstanding game punting, averaging 43.8 yards on six boots. His first two punts were downed on the 5-yard line and the 2-yard line.

Senior Sergio Masvidal recorded his first career interception – one of three picks the Mules had in the game – on the first play from scrimmage. Junior Matt Rieker threw a touchdown pass to senior Kamali Roberts on his first career completion to close out the scoring.

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• Volleyball: Muhlenberg 3, Bryn Mawr 0; Western Maryland 3, Muhlenberg 2. The Muhlenberg volleyball team earned a split in its Centennial Conference openers, defeating Bryn Mawr, 3-0, before falling to host Western Maryland, 3-2. The Mules (8-4) had their seven-match winning streak snapped, as well as their streak of 20 games won.

Muhlenberg cruised through the minimum three games, 30-18, 30-12, 30-10, to defeat Bryn Mawr. Junior Jennifer Leigh set a school record with 11 service aces to go along with a team-high 11 digs. Senior Laura Funsten had 29 assists, while junior Lisa Giammalvo recorded seven kills with no errors on only 11 attempts.

In the second match of the afternoon, Muhlenberg fell behind two games to none to Western Maryland before rallying back to force a fifth game. The Mules lost a tight deciding game, 15-13. Sophomore Maria Poluka had 17 digs, nine kills and five service aces, while Ferrelli added a match-high 22 digs, 10 kills and three blocks. Click here for box scores.

• Cross Country: Women finished 10th and men 18th at NYU Invitational: The Muhlenberg women placed an impressive 10th in a huge meet that featured 32 teams and 285 runners. Senior Katie Garrett crossed the finish line 53rd to lead the Mules. Freshman Brittani Gagnon, in her first race of the season, was fourth among Muhlenberg runners and 90th overall.

The men finished in the top half of a 37-team field, and junior Brendan Gallagher was 33rd out of 371 runners. Sophomore Rob Uniszkiewicz (68th) also was in the top 100.

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• Field Hockey: Washington (Md.) 1, Muhlenberg 0 (OT). Washington (6-2, 4-0) scored a minute and a half into the first overtime to win a tightly contested Centennial Conference game. Muhlenberg (2-4, 0-2) suffered its fourth one-goal loss of the season. Click here for box score.

• Men’s Tennis: Queens 6, Muhlenberg 1; Muhlenberg 4, Franklin & Marshall 1. The Mules split two matches on the first day of the Philadelphia Area Team Tennis Tournament. Freshman Mitchell Reading logged Muhlenberg’s lone win against Queens at No. 6 singles and also won at both singles and doubles against F&M. Junior No. 1 Brad Scheller teamed with classmate Matt Fleissig for a 9-7 win at doubles in the F&M match, then won a third-set tiebreaker in his singles match. Click here for box scores.

Mules Avenge 2000 Losses

The Muhlenberg women’s and men’s soccer teams both made improtant strides in the Centennial Conference race, winning games against teams that had defeated them last year.

• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 1, Johns Hopkins 0: Freshman Rebecca Armstrong scored early in the first half off an assist from sophomore Sharon Seggel for the only goal of the game as Muhlenberg (7-2, 2-0) defeated Johns Hopkins (5-1-1, 1-1-1) for its fifth straight victory in a matchup of two of the top CC contenders. The Mules won the CC championship last year with an 8-1-1 record, their only loss coming to the Blue Jays.

The win snapped Johns Hopkins’ 16-game unbeaten streak and its streak of nine consecutive shutouts, both dating back to the end of last season.

“It is a huge win for us,” exclaimed Armstrong. “We had talked about putting the pressure on them within the first 20 minutes, so I just went out and tried to pressure them defensively and make things happen offensively as much as possible.”

Junior goalie Kim Laurino was solid for the Mules, recording eight saves, including a fully extended diving save in the first half and a tough save on a breakaway shot over her head that she was able to deflect over the goal with six minutes left in the game.

That the winning goal in such an important game was scored by a first-year player was not so unexpected. Freshmen have played a major role in Muhlenberg’s success this season.

“The younger players just wanted to come out and make contributions and help this team win,” explained Armstrong, who is tied for the team lead with three assists.

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• Men’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 1, Gettysburg 0 (OT): Junior David Vassilaros scored off a penalty kick a little over six minutes into overtime as Muhlenberg (5-1, 2-0) defeated Gettysburg (6-2, 1-1) in a rematch of the 2000 ECAC Mid-Atlantic championship game, won by the Bullets. It was the Mules’ third consecutive win.

Muhlenberg was allotted the penalty shot when Gettysburg was called for a foul at the top-left of the goalie box. The Bullets had been playing two men down the last 33:02 following a pair of red cards issued less than two minutes apart. It was a physical game that featured eight total yellow cards.

Senior goalie Rob Pomento recorded his third shutout of the year, making nine saves while facing 14 shots. The win was the first for the Mules at Gettysburg since 1995, when they went on to win the CC title.

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Last updated September 22, 2001