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Soccer Wins First Home Game; Field Hockey Streaks On

Second-half goals by freshman James Henshaw and sophomore Timothy Sparta lifted the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over Dickinson in its Centennial Conference opener.

It was the first home win of the season for the Mules (5-3, 1-0), who had lost their first three games at Varsity Field to three regionally ranked teams. Muhlenberg is 36-5-1 all-time at home in CC games.

The two goals came less than two minutes apart midway through the second half. The Mules outshot the Red Devils, 21-4, en route to their fifth shutout win of the season.

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• Field Hockey: Muhlenberg 1, Elizabethtown 0. Freshman Katie Thomas scored her first career goal midway through the second half as the Mules extended their winning streak to five with a non-conference victory.

Muhlenberg (6-1), off to its best start since 1990, is undefeated against Division III opponents. The Mules’ five consecutive wins have all come by a single goal.

Junior Lauren Jacobs, who assisted on Thomas’ goal, also recorded a defensive save.

Senior Josephine Fasolino made 10 saves in notching her 14th career shutout.

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Freshman Julie Lauro and senior Dana Ferrelli both recorded double-doubles in both matches as the Muhlenberg volleyball team opened defense of its 2001 Centennial Conference regular-season co-championship by defeating Bryn Mawr in three games and McDaniel in four.

In toppling McDaniel, the Mules (8-9) avenged one of their two 2001 league losses.

Lauro, who had six aces against Bryn Mawr, knocked down 23 kills in the McDaniel match, falling two short of the school record she set eight days ago against Misericordia. Freshman Emily Reardon had 54 assists, breaking her own school record for assists in a four-game match by one.

Muhlenberg set a team record with 65 kills against McDaniel. Ferrelli had 13 of them as she posted her 21st career double-double.

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Cross Country: The Muhlenberg women’s cross country team placed an impressive ninth out of 27 teams at the NYU Invitational.

Freshman Karen Mount finished 10th among 258 runners with a time of 25:22.8. Junior Diana Garretto was 13 seconds and five places behind her.

The Mule men took the weekend off from competition.

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Winning TD Scored on Fourth-Down Pass

Senior Justin Jones threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to junior Kodi Shay on fourth-and-4 with 9:19 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Muhlenberg football team a 28-21 win over Dickinson in its Centennial Conference opener.

It was a shaky win for the Mules (3-0), who squandered an early 21-0 lead to the home team before scoring the winning touchdown. Muhlenberg stopped the Red Devils (0-3) on their final two possessions, the first time on three downs and the second time when junior Thanasis Petrakis intercepted a pass with 1:23 left.

Junior Matt Bernardo rushed for 92 yards in the game, becoming the third player in team history to surpass 2,000 yards in a career. He has 2,019.

The Mules jumped on top by scoring a special teams touchdown for the third straight week, as senior Jordan Wright recovered a fumbled snap on a punt attempt in the end zone with 8:27 left in the first. An 11-yard pass from Jones to Bernardo and a 15-yard run by Jones put Muhlenberg up 21-0 five minutes into the second quarter.

Dickinson scored once in the second, once in the third and once in the fourth to knot the score. On the Mules’ first possession with the score tied, they faced fourth down near midfield and elected to go for it. Jones found Shay wide open on the right sideline for the winning score.

Jones passed for 259 yards and rushed for 32 more. Shay caught five passes for a career-high 123 yards.

Junior linebacker Tony Briscella had an outstanding game on defense, recording a career-high 14 tackles, including a sack on fourth down.

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