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Saturday, February 28, 2004
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Track Teams in Second, Fourth at CCs
The Muhlenberg men’s indoor track and field team is in second place, and the women are in fourth after the first day of competition in the Centennial Conference Championships at Haverford College.

Both Mule teams scored in five of the six events decided. The men totaled 29 points, to trail only Haverford and lead third-place Franklin & Marshall by 3.5 points. The women picked up 32.5 points.

Sophomore Karen Mount ran a school-record time of 4:56.19 to place fifth in the women’s 1,500 meters. It is her second ’Berg individual record of the season and the third of her career.

Three Muhlenberg freshman women placed in the long jump, with Jacquelyn Inverso second, Lily Hatfield sixth and Lauren Carballo seventh. Inverso also ran an ECAC-qualifying time in the 55-meter hurdles and was one of three Mule women to advance to Sunday’s final.

Junior Meghan Douglas-
tied for sixth in the women’s pole vault, and senior Matt Frye placed fourth on the men’s side.

All four Muhlenberg relay teams topped the ECAC’s qualifying standards. The men’s distance medley relay team and the women’s 4x200 team each placed second, while the women’s DMR team was fourth and the men’s 4x200 squad fifth.

Junior John Brodowski placed third in the long jump, five spots ahead of senior Joshua Boyer, and qualified for the final of the men’s hurdles. Senior Rob Uniszkiewicz placed fourth in the 1500.

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Women’s Tennis: The Muhlenberg women’s tennis team opened up the spring season with a 6-3 win against New York University.

Three Mules had 2-0 days at Dietrich Fieldhouse. Sophomore Amy Schmidt teamed up with senior Gena Ross for an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles. Schmidt then won in straight sets in her first career match in the Mules’ top singles spot.

The senior-freshman duo of Mackenzie Parke and Pam Kimmelman took No. 2 doubles, 8-6, and each also won her singles match. Parke did not lose a game at No. 2.

Junior Emily Oster and senior Sarah Niebler won their doubles match, 8-6.

The victory was the Mules’ 11th straight in spring dual matches, tying the school record set in 1986.

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Men’s Tennis: The Muhlenberg men’s tennis team dropped its spring opener to visiting Goucher, 6-1, in the first match on the new Kern Field courts.

The Gophers (2-0), ranked 12th in the Atlantic South Region after the fall season, took all three doubles matches. Sophomore Adam Nodiff picked up the Mules’ only point with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles.

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Green Terror Opens Second Half with Decisive Run

For the second time in eight days, the McDaniel women’s basketball team opened the second half with a big run against Muhlenberg, and this time it held up to eliminate the Mules from the Centennial Conference playoffs.

The 22nd-ranked Green Terror (22-3) prevailed, 83-76, to advance to the CC championship game against tournament host Johns Hopkins. Muhlenberg ends its season with a record of 19-7, with three of the losses coming to McDaniel and three others to nationally ranked teams.

As they did in the first two meetings this season, the Mules took a double-digit lead in the first half. A three-pointer by Gwen Doyle with 8:22 left in the first half gave Muhlenberg a 30-19 edge, but the fourth-seeded Mules made only one field goal the next five minutes as the Green Terror inched back, eventually tying the score at 36 with 1:53 on the clock.

Muhlenberg took a 38-36 lead into the locker room on a layup by Kristen Piscadlo, but McDaniel opened the second half with a 15-2 run to take a 51-40 lead.

The Mules connected on only one field goal the first eight minutes of the second half and spent the rest of the game playing catch-up. Down 71-63 at the 5:25 mark, Muhlenberg began its final push with a pair of jumpers by Jill Friedman. After Becky Richmond drew a charge at the other end, Piscadlo converted a backdoor pass from Lindsay Tis to pull the Mules to within two, at 71-69, with 3:43 left.

The Green Terror answered with a three-point play and a pair of free throws to move back to a seven-point lead. Sam Tager then knocked down a three, and Tis made one free throw after stealing the ball at midcourt, making the score 76-73. An exchange of baskets kept the margin at three entering the final minute, but Muhlenberg missed its final two shots while McDaniel sank five straight free throws to clinch the win.

Piscadlo scored a career-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Friedman, one of six seniors making her final appearance in a Mule uniform, finished with 20.

The Mules finished the season with a Division III-record 10.2 three-pointers per game. They also averaged 90.8 points, becoming the fifth team in Division III history to average 90 points for a season.

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Last updated February 28, 2004