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Santini, Bruschi Earn Postseason Honors

Muhlenberg football senior Frank Santini has been selected to the Academic All- Frank Santini America College Division District II Football Team, chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He was a second-team selection.

To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on his team. The District II College Division consists of all non-Division I colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

A double major in religion and economics, Santini has started every game at right tackle this season, helping the Mules to the Centennial Conference co-championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. Earlier this week, he was a unanimous selection to the All-CC first team.

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For the second year in a row, Muhlenberg junior Kristen Bruschi was named to the All- Kristen Bruschi South Region second team by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Bruschi led the Mules and ranked among the Division III leaders with 19 goals, tying the school record she set last season. She also had four assists. In the final game of the season, she became the program’s all-time scoring leader with 99 career points. With her first goal of 2004, Bruschi will tie the school record for career goals (44).

The Muhlenberg basketball season will tip off with the 22nd Scotty Wood Tournament, to be held Friday and Saturday at Memorial Hall.

Two teams from the Lehigh Valley and two from New England comprise the Scotty Wood Tournament men’s field, while the women’s tournament features two recent NCAA Tournament teams.

“Scotty Wood is the best time of the year. All the hard work we put in all comes together an finally pays off,” said senior Erin DeVaney of the Muhlenberg women’s team. “Everyone comes out to watch the games. It is a great all-around atmosphere; you can’t beat it!”

The tournament schedule is as follows:

Friday, November 21
1:00 Gwynedd-Mercy vs. Kean (women)
3:00 Muhlenberg vs. Mary Washington (women)
6:00 Moravian vs. Elms (men)
8:00 Muhlenberg vs. Roger Williams (men)
Saturday, November 22
1:00 women’s consolation
3:00 men’s consolation
6:00 women’s championship
8:00 men’s championship

On the men’s side, Moravian (16-11 last year) returns to defend the Scotty Wood title it claimed in 2001. Muhlenberg (10-14) returned the favor by capturing the Greyhounds’ Rock Classic last year. Moravian has made the SWT final in five of its last six appearances, and to do so this year it will have to get past Elms College of Chicopee, Mass., which returns all five starters from a 14-12 squad.

Muhlenberg, seeking its 21st consecutive championship game appearance and first title since 1999, opens with Roger Williams University (5-20) of Bristol, R.I. The Hawks have four starters back from a team that finished strong, winning three of its final four games.

Like the men, the Muhlenberg women have a long streak of winning in the first round, reaching the championship game all 10 years they have been part of the Scotty Wood Tournament. The Mules (17-9), whose three titles came in the last three odd-numbered years, face Mary Washington (10-17) in one first-round matchup. The Eagles return four starters but also have a new head coach.

The other semifinal game pairs Kean (20-7), an NCAA Tournament team in 2002, with Gwynedd-Mercy (13-13), which made the NCAAs every year from 1999 and 2001. Kean started off 19-2 last season and earned a bid to the ECAC playoffs.

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Last updated November 20, 2003