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Men’s Cross Country Wins Own Invite
Mules Prevail Without Top Runners

Despite resting several of its top runners, the Muhlenberg men’s cross country team captured first place at the Mule/Falcon Classic, co-hosted by the Mules and Cedar Crest.

With 30 team points, the Mules eked past second-place Richard Stockton (32). The Muhlenberg women came in second to Moravian.

Freshmen Alex Hotz, Ryan Boyd, Brian McElroy and Patrick Breault all finished in the top 10, as did junior Nate Horst. Hotz led the pack, placing third with a time of 27:51.5. Muhlenberg and Richard Stockton combined for 14 of the first 15 scorers, with the Ospreys’ Randy Wetzel taking individual honors.

The title was the fourth for the Mule men, who also won in 1995 and 1997 and tied Moravian for the 2000 championship.

The Muhlenberg women placed two runners in the top five in freshman Karen Mount (fourth) and junior Diana Garretto (fifth). Moravian had five of the top seven finishers, including race winner Jen Wagner.

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Sophomores Kristen Bruschi and Sarah Fosdick made the key plays as the Muhlenberg field hockey team opened its weekend trip to Upstate New York with a 2-1 win at Rochester.

Bruschi scored the game-winning goal with 12 minutes remaining, converting a pass from junior Lauren Jacobs for her fifth goal of the season.

The Yellowjackets were pressing in the final minute and tried to poke in a deflection, but Fosdick cleared the ball off the line to preserve the victory.

Senior Holly Pico scored the first goal for the Mules (4-1), who are undefeated against Division III opponents. Click here for box score.

• Volleyball Splits: The Muhlenberg volleyball team finished in second place in the Purple Division of the Scranton Invitational, defeating Wilkes in four games but losing to Centennial Conference rival Haverford in four.

It was a milestone day for senior Dana Ferrelli, who became the fifth player in team history to record 1,000 career digs. She had 24, the most by a Mule player this season, against Haverford.

Freshman Julie Lauro recorded double-doubles in both matches for the Mules (5-9). Click here for box scores.

• Women’s Soccer Falls in OT: Moravian came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to topple the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team in overtime, 2-1.

Junior Jennifer Gitto scored her second goal in as many games for the Mules (2-4), punching in the rebound of a shot from junior Dawn Iberer that had hit the crossbar. Click here for box score.

Mules Win Lutheran Brotherhood Kickoff Classic

Junior Matt Bernardo rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, as the Muhlenberg football team outgunned Cal Lutheran, 40-32, in the Lutheran
Matt Bernardo
Bernardo’s 130 yards moved him into third place on the Mules’ all-time list with 1,927 yards. With 39 touchdowns in little more than two seasons, he needs two more to tie the school's all-time record. Photo courtesy Pat Coleman,
Brotherhood Kickoff Classic. The Mules (2-0) avenged last year’s 44-20 defeat to the Kingsmen in the first meeting of the two schools.

The Kingsmen (0-1) overcame a 17-0 first-quarter deficit to take a 29-20 lead entering the final period. Bernardo’s 1-yard scoring run, on the third play of the fourth quarter, cut the margin to three after a failed extra-point attempt.

The Mules took over on midfield less than two minutes later after a Cal Lutheran punt. On the first play, Bernardo scrambled 50 yards down the right sideline for the longest touchdown run of his career, giving Muhlenberg the lead for good at 33-29.

Trailing 40-32 in the final minute, the Kingsmen drove down to the Muhlenberg 28-yard line, but junior free safety Thanasis Petrakis, who had earlier blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown, forced a fumble that the Mules recovered to seal the win.

Muhlenberg won despite being outgained, 462-298, and yielding 26 first downs. The Mules took an early 17-0 lead on a 7-yard run by Bernardo, a 48-yard field goal by senior Chris Reed, and senior Alfredo Mercuri’s 35-yard return of the blocked punt, but Cal Lutheran roared back to score 22 second-quarter points.

Junior rover Dan Miller recorded 13 tackles for Muhlenberg and intercepted two passes, setting up nine second-half points. Senior cornerback Jordan Wright made two big fourth-quarter plays, making a touchdown-saving tackle and knocking a ball loose on a fourth-down pass. Senior linebacker Beau Sherry had 15 tackles and recovered a fumble.

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