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Bruschi, Iberer Break Scoring Records
Football Records Second Straight Shutout
• Field Hockey: Muhlenberg 2, Johns Hopkins 0. Sophomore Kristen Bruschi scored one goal in each half as Muhlenberg strengthened its bid for a Centennial Conference playoff berth. Johns Hopkins (11-7, 6-2) entered the game ranked 20th in Division III and in first place in the CC.

Even if the Mules (13-5, 5-3) defeat winless Bryn Mawr in their regular-season finale on Tuesday night, they will still need some help to earn the playoff bid. Washington (6-1), Johns Hopkins and McDaniel (each 6-2) are ahead of Muhlenberg in the standings, and Franklin & Marshall, which defeated the Mules earlier in the season, is 4-3 with games remaining against Gettysburg (Sunday) and Dickinson (Tuesday).

Bruschi’s two goals gave her 40 points for the season, breaking the school record of 36 she tied on Wednesday. She has either scored or assisted on nine of the team’s last 10 goals.

“It was a nice thing to do,” said Bruschi of the record, “But the team’s chance at the playoffs is all that matters. Hopkins is a big rival, and we got really fired up to play them.”

Bruschi’s first goal came off junior Lauren Jacobs’ team-leading seventh assist of the season, and her second came on a reverse sweep to the corner of the cage.

Senior Josephine Fasolino had a big game, recording 13 saves, including several at key points in the game.

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• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 2, Centenary 0. Junior Dawn Iberer wasted little time breaking the school record for career goals, scoring just 3:41 into the game as the Mules (12-6) cruised to their eighth consecutive win.

Iberer now has 45 goals (15 this season), one more than Celina Boer recorded from 1995 to 1998.

Sophomore Maureen McLaughlin knocked in a corner kick late in the first half for her first goal of the season. Muhlenberg has outscored its opponents 21-2 during the winning streak.

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Junior Matt Bernardo tied a school record with four touchdowns and the defense recorded its second straight shutout as Muhlenberg blanked Ursinus, 43-0, in its final Centennial Conference game of the season.

The Mules are 7-1 for the first time since 1980 and finished with a 5-1 CC mark for the second consecutive season.

Bernardo scored on runs of 3, 5, 1 and 4 yards to record his third career four-touchdown game. He totaled 115 yards on 25 carries for his fifth consecutive 100-yard game, moving within 8 yards of breaking Jason Brader’s school record of 2,684 career rushing yards. Bernardo also set up a 7-yard touchdown run by senior Justin Jones with a 76-yard reception.

The defense allowed the Bears (1-7, 0-5) only 3 rushing yards and 168 total yards, forced five turnovers and recorded six sacks. Coming on the heels of last week’s 41-0 win over Gettysburg, it is the first time since 1986 that Muhlenberg has shut out consecutive opponents.

The Mules have outscored their last three foes, 107-10. Of their seven wins, four are by at least 40 points.

Senior Beau Sherry had eight tackles and broke up a pass with a crushing hit that resulted in one of two interceptions by junior Joe Getz. Senior defensive linemen Mike Koth, Jon Buglione and Tyler Cathey combined for all six sacks, and senior Jordan Wright intercepted a pass for the second straight week. Junior Thanasis Petrakis blocked his second punt of the season.

Jones threw for 232 yards on only eight completions, setting a school record of 29.0 yards per completion. In addition to the 76-yard pass to Bernardo, he hooked up with senior Alfredo Mercuri for a 52-yard touchdown pass. Mercuri has now scored a touchdown in four consecutive games.

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Best Finish Ever for Mules

The Muhlenberg men’s cross country team finished an all-time best second place, 11 points behind Haverford, at the 10th Centennial Conference Championships, held at Ursinus.

Haverford, ranked 10th in Division III, has won all 10 CC titles and 14 consecutive conference championships dating back to its days in the MAC. The 11-point margin of victory was the slimmest ever for the Fords in a CC meet.

The top eight runners across the line were all either Mules or Fords. For Muhlenberg, senior Will Elson came in third – the best finish ever by a Muhlenberg runner at a conference championship meet. Junior Rob Uniszkiewicz (fifth) and senior Brendan Gallagher (seventh) also earned first-team All-CC honors, while junior Brian Cash (eighth) and freshman Alex Hotz (12th) made the second team.

The previous best finish for Muhlenberg came when the 1916 team was third at the first MAC meet. The best CC finish had been fourth, each of the last two years.

Dickinson won the women’s race for the fifth time in six years. The Mules came in eighth, with freshman Karen Mount placing 10th to earn All-CC second-team honors.

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• Men’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 4, Ursinus 0. The Mules closed out the regular season with their 12th shutout win. Senior David Vassilaros scored two first-half goals, and freshman Joey Benner and sophomore JJ Pignatelli each notched his first career goal in the second half.

Muhlenberg (13-7, 6-3) is the fourth seed for the CC Tournament, which will be held next weekend at Johns Hopkins. The Mules will open up against the host Blue Jays, who clinched the regular-season title with a 1-0 win against Franklin & Marshall.

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• Volleyball: Muhlenberg 3, Baptist Bible 1. The Mules (14-21) ended their season with a come-from-behind win. Freshman Julie Lauro recorded her 10th double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs, while senior Meaghan Billie closed out her career with a 13-kill effort. Click here for box score.

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Last updated November 2, 2002