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Women Win Last-Second Thriller

• Wrestling: Freshman Dale Mills and senior Jed Wulfekotte won on pins as the Muhlenberg wrestling team defeated Washington & Lee, 35-13.

The win gave the Mules (10-5, 3-1) double digits in victories for the third consecutive season. It is the first time in program history that Muhlenberg has won at least 10 in three straight years.

Senior co-captains Nate Yeasted and Joe Salerno began the match by sandwiching major decisions around Mills’ pin. It was the sixth career major for Yeasted and the eighth for Salerno.

Mills needed just 65 seconds to extend his winning streak to 15 and improve his season record to 26-5. Only nine of his 26 wins are by regular decision; seven have come on pins.

Wulfekotte’s pin, his first of the season, came with four second left in the second period. Muhlenberg also got a decision from junior Bill Cummins and a pair of forfeit wins.

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• Indoor Track & Field: Three Muhlenberg relay teams qualified for the ECAC Championships and two set school records at the Fourth Annual Dick DeSchriver Invitational, hosted by East Stroudsburg.

The women’s team of freshmen Kate Isselee and Danielle Seiler, sophomore Samantha Sachleben and junior Diana Garretto broke the school record in the 4x400 for the second straight week, chopping another three seconds off the mark. Isselee and Seiler also ran on the 4x200 team that qualified for ECACs.

The men’s foursome in the 4x200 nipped two hundredths of a second off the school record set last year. Junior Josh Cohen and sophomore John Brodowski were members of both teams.

Individually, freshman Karen Mount placed second in the women’s mile, and freshman Alex Hotz was second in the 3,000 meters and fourth in the mile for the men.

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Junior Lindsay Tis made two free throws with three seconds remaining to give the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team a 63-62 win against McDaniel. The Mule men’s team completed the sweep in less dramatic fashion, defeating the Green Terror by a 73-55 margin.

• Women’s Basketball: For the third straight time, the Mules and Green Terror played a one-point game, but this time it was the Mules coming out on top.

McDaniel handed Muhlenberg half of its four losses last year, both by one point and once in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference playoffs.

This meeting didn’t look like it would be headed for a fantastic finish when the Green Terror (13-4, 5-3) opened the second half on an 8-2 run to take a 41-30 lead. The Mules (12-5, 8-0) stormed right back with a 10-0 run, ignited by a pair of three-pointer by sophomore Gwen Doyle, and the game remained tight the rest of the way.

Muhlenberg took a 59-58 lead with one minute to play when junior Becky Richmond sank a 12-foot jumper on an inbounds play. But the Green Terror made four consecutive free throws over the next 41 seconds to take a 62-59 lead with 19 ticks left.

Doyle was fouled coming off a screen with 10 seconds on the clock and made both free throws to cut the gap to one. The Mules deflected the ensuing McDaniel inbounds pass out of bounds, and on the Green Terror’s second attempt to get the ball in, senior Randi Baran batted the pass into the air and Tis came up with the loose ball.

After a Muhlenberg timeout, Tis received an inbounds pass under the basket and was fouled as she went up. She made both free throws, marking the second time in the last four games that she scored the game-winning points from the charity stripe in the final minute.

“I didn’t feel pressure at all,” said Tis, who entered the game shooting 54 percent from the free-throw line, on her game-winning shots. “I thought all along that we were going to pull it out. This is the next step to [our goal of] winning the conference.”

McDaniel was only able to attempt a half-court shot as the buzzer sounded.

Tis finished with 15 points to go along with three assists and four steals, while Doyle added 14. Junior Susan Marchiano notched her second straight double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Baran recorded eight assists to become the sixth player in team history with 200 in a career.

The win was the sixth straight for the Mules and gave them a two game cushion on Swarthmore, a 61-58 loser at Gettysburg, in the CC East.

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• Men’s Basketball: Muhlenberg made things look easy in getting a win it desperately needed.

The Mules (7-10, 1-6) broke away from a 6-6 tie with a 22-2 run midway through the first half and snapped its five-game losing streak. The 18-point margin of victory was the biggest of the season for Muhlenberg.

Sophomore Dennis Severino, who came into the game with 12 points scored all season, erupted for a career-high 13 points. Senior Toomey Anderson also scored 13 points to go along with five assists.

Seniors Anthony Strachan and Aaron Holden both recorded double-doubles with 10 points and 11 rebounds apiece. The Mules had a 48-31 advantage on the boards.

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