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Football Beaten in Showdown at McDaniel
Mules Suffer First Loss of Season

The McDaniel football team rolled up 482 total yards, including 295 on the ground, to defeat Muhlenberg, 35-14, in a showdown between the two teams that tied for the Centennial Conference title last year. The Green Terror (4-1, 3-0) entered the game ranked 26th in Division III, while the Mules (4-1, 2-1) were 28th.

After McDaniel took a 14-0 lead on two short touchdown runs in the second quarter, Muhlenberg got a break when senior defensive end Mike Koth picked up a fumbled pitch and rumbled 23 yards to the Green Terror 19. Seven plays later, senior Justin Jones sneaked in from 2 yards to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 3:04 left in the half.

McDaniel came right back, however, and marched 77 yards in six plays to re-establish a 14-point lead with 44 seconds left in the half. The Green Terror pulled away in the second half and led 35-7 before Jones threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to senior Alfredo Mercuri with 2:54 left.

Junior Matt Bernardo rushed for 107 yards on 20 carries, and junior Kodi Shay caught seven passes for 90 yards. Junior rover Dan Miller made a game-high 17 tackles.

The Mules have not won in the state of Maryland since 1988.

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• Volleyball: Muhlenberg 3, Swarthmore 0; Johns Hopkins 3, Muhlenberg 2. The Mules (11-13, 3-1) split a home CC tri-match, coming back from a 2-1 deficit to force a fifth game before falling to Johns Hopkins.

Freshman Julie Lauro had a phenomenal day on offense, hitting .547 in the two matches with 38 kills and only three errors in 64 hits. She now has 327 kills, the sixth-highest single-season total in team history.

Senior Meaghan Billie (18 kills, seven blocks vs. Johns Hopkins) reached career milestones of 1,200 kills and 300 blocks.

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• Men’s Soccer: Johns Hopkins 3, Muhlenberg 0. For the sixth time in as many visits to the Homewood Field turf, the Mules (7-5, 2-2) came away with a loss. Johns Hopkins (8-2, 4-0) has won 24 straight CC regular-season matches. Click here for box score.

• Men’s Cross Country: Muhlenberg finished sixth at the Dickinson Invitational, a meet consisting of a short-course (4K) race and a long-course (8K) race. The highest finish was by freshman Alex Hotz, who was fourth in the 4K. Muhlenberg tied for seventh in the 8K and placed fifth in the 4K. Team scores were added together to determine the final standings.

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• Men’s Tennis: Sophomore Jeff Kraft and senior Cameron Parke both won their first-round singles matches at the ITA Atlantic South Regional Tournament at Salisbury, but both were defeated in the Round of 32. Two Muhlenberg doubles teams – Kraft with senior Matt Fleissig and Parke with junior Brian Barkauskas – are still alive after winning their first-round consolation matches. Fleissig and Kraft dropped an 8-4 decision to the top-seeded team from Washington in the first round.

Field Hockey Wins on Shore; Soccer Extends Home Streak

• Field Hockey: Muhlenberg 3, Washington 2. Sophomore Kristen Bruschi scored her second goal of the game with 2:10 left to break a 2-2 tie and give Muhlenberg (9-2, 1-1) its first Centennial Conference win of the season.

It was a rare win on the Eastern shore of Maryland for the Mules, who were outscored 13-2 on their previous three trips to Chestertown. With nine victories on the season, Muhlenberg has topped its win total from all of last year.

First-half goals by Bruschi and freshman Katie Thomas gave the Mules a 2-1 lead, but the Shorewomen (4-5, 1-1) tied the score midway through the second half.

Freshman Alexa Sterbinsky assisted on the final tally, Bruschi’s 10th goal of the season and her fifth game-winner.

Senior Josephine Fasolino made 10 saves to help Muhlenberg prevail despite deficits of 26-10 in shots and 15-3 in penalty corners.

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• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 1, Haverford 0. Junior Dawn Iberer scored her 10th goal of the season midway through the first half for all the Mules (6-6, 3-1) would need to extend their CC home winning streak to 16.

Iberer is the first player in team history to score at least 10 goals in each of three seasons. The last 10 games between Muhlenberg and Haverford (7-4-1, 2-2-1) have all been decided by a one-goal margin.

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