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Cross Country, Wrestling Compete

• Women’s Basketball: Defending national runner-up St. Lawrence pulled away late to defeat Muhlenberg, 81-64, in the championship game of the Scotty Wood Tournament.

The Saints held a four-to-six-point lead for the majority of the second half. The Mules were within five, 64-59 at the six-minute mark, after freshman Tiffany Kirk made back-to-back layups, but St. Lawrence scored the next eight points to put the game away.

Sophomore Gwen Doyle led Muhlenberg with a career-high 15 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Joining her on the All-Tournament Team was junior Lindsay Tis (nine points). Kirk finished with 10, hitting double figures for the second straight game.

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• Men’s Basketball: Muhlenberg came back from a 14-point second-half deficit to take a one-point lead, but Richard Stockton regained command and scored a 79-69 win in the championship game of the Scotty Wood Tournament.

Senior Anthony Strachan scored eight of his career-high 20 points in a 21-6 surge that gave the Mules a 54-53 lead with 7:55 left. The Ospreys responded with an 18-5 run of their own to pull away.

Strachan added 11 rebounds for a double-double and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Sophomore Ryan Bonda established a new career high for the second straight night, scoring 19 to land on the All-Tournament Team.

Senior Toomey Anderson finished with 12 points.

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• NCAA Cross Country: Senior Will Elson finished 94th and junior Rob Uniszkiewicz placed 148th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, held at St. Olaf College.

• Wrestling: Muhlenberg had three wrestlers advance to the championship finals at the Ursinus Invitational, but all were defeated.

Sophomore Jeremy Hart (133), senior Nate Yeasted (141) and junior Brendan Barrett (heavyweight) earned second-place finishes, all dropping decisions in their championship matches. Yeasted lost a 3-2 decision to a Lycoming wrestler who is ranked seventh in Division III.

Freshman Dale Mills won the consolation bracket to finish third at 149, and senior Joe Salerno and junior Josh Carter were fourth at 157 and heavyweight, respectively.

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To Host John Carroll in Second Round

Junior Matt Bernardo rushed for 174 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Muhlenberg football team to a 56-6 win over Mass.-Dartmouth in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship.

The Mules (10-1), who set a school record with their 10th win, will host John Carroll, a 27-7 winner at Hobart, in the second round. The Corsairs had their season end with an 11-1 record.

UMass-Dartmouth came in having allowed only 80 points all season (first in Division III), but Muhlenberg amassed 529 total yards, including 417 on the ground. The Mules also forced four turnovers and held the Corsairs to 36 total yards in the second half.

Bernardo singlehandedly accounted for all of the Mules’ first-half scoring, rushing for touchdowns of 44, 65 and 9 yards to give the hosts a 21-0 lead. The third score capped an 11-play, 92-yard drive that consisted entirely of running plays and consumed 5:25 of the second quarter. Bernardo’s four touchdowns for the game tied a school record, and he has now scored a school-record 22 TDs this season.

UMD closed the gap on a fluke play at the end of the first half, as a botched snap on a field-goal attempt resulted in a touchdown. But any momentum UMD had going into the locker room was quieted when Bernardo returned the opening kickoff of the second half 47 yards to the Corsair 48. Four plays later, he took a screen pass from senior Justin Jones and ran 30 yards into the end zone.

Mass.-Dartmouth struggled on offense in the second half after junior quarterback John Falcone was forced from the game with an ankle injury. The Corsairs ran only six offensive plays in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, the Mules continued to pound away with the running game. Senior fullback Chris Brown, who rushed for a career-high 66 yards, scored the first of his 2-yard touchdown runs with 5:24 left in the third, making the score 35-6.

Brown’s second score was set up by a 42-yard run on a fake punt by sophomore Zack Trach, who later scored his own touchdown on a 1-yard run. A 2-yard touchdown run by freshman Michael McCurley with 1:18 on the clock capped the scoring.

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Last updated November 23, 2002