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The Muhlenberg women’s cross country team is ranked seventh in the Mideast Region in the first coaches poll of the 2003 season.

The Mules earned the ranking after winning the Mule/Falcon Classic last weekend despite being without one of their top runners. The complete regional top 10 – half of which is Centennial Conference teams – is as follows:

1. Haverford
2. Dickinson
3. Allegheny
4. Gettysburg
5. Messiah
6. Carnegie Mellon
7. Muhlenberg
8. Moravian
9. Elizabethtown
10. Swarthmore

Two members of both Muhlenberg cross country teams appear in the “Centennial Top 20,” a weekly ranking of the league’s top runners. For the women, sophomore Karen Mount is seventh and junior Jenna Belisonzi is 14th. On the men’s side, senior Rob Uniszkiewicz ranks fifth, one spot ahead of sophomore Alexander Hotz.

This is a “Category 5” weekend for sporting events at Muhlenberg, as two teams ranked in the top 10 in Division III will visit Allentown tomorrow for important showdowns.

Field Hockey (1:00): There will be two undefeated top-10 teams on the turf at Scotty Wood Stadium when the 10th-ranked Mules (6-0) squared off against No. 9 Montclair State (4-0). Muhlenberg has won 10 straight games dating back to last season and is in the top 10 for the first time since 1990; Montclair is enjoying its first national ranking ever.

The Red Hawks earned their lofty ranking with a thrilling 4-3 win against The College of New Jersey, then ranked No. 1 in the country. Montclair trailed 3-1 with three minutes remaining, but tied the score with 38 seconds left in regulation and scored the game-winning goal with just one second to go in the second overtime.

Montclair State pulled off a similar comeback effort the last time it played Muhlenberg, scoring twice in the last 90 seconds for a 3-2 win in 2001. The Mules are no strangers to dramatics, having won their last two games in the final five minutes.

Evan Smallwood about to pass to Jose

Senior Evan Smallwood (16) is about to pass the ball to sophomore Jose Ramirez (10) for the third and final goal of Wednesday’s win at Moravian.

Men’s Soccer (7:00) Two of the traditional “Big Three” of Centennial Conference men’s soccer battle it out under the lights in the league opener for both teams. Johns Hopkins (5-0-1) is ranked eighth in Division III and has outscored its opponents 22-1; Muhlenberg (5-1) is ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region and has outscored its opponents 20-1.

The Blue Jays, who enter the contest with a record 29-match regular-season CC winning streak, have a chance to take over the top spot in the region, since Drew (ranked third in Division III) lost to Elizabethtown on Wednesday.

Muhlenberg and Hopkins have combined to win seven of the 10 CC championships (Gettysburg has the other three). The Blue Jays lead the all-time series, 7-5-1. The Mules haven’t won since 1999, when they came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit for a 3-2 victory.

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Last updated September 19, 2003