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2000 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of September 25 to October 1
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
MULES RANK AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
The Muhlenberg football team shows up nine times among the Division III statistical leaders through games of Sept. 23. Senior quarterback Michael McCabe is second in passing efficiency (223.1) and 11th in total offense (294.7 ypg). Junior wide receiver Joshua Carter is fifth in all-purpose yards (244.3 ypg), 11th in receiving yards per game (150.7) and scoring (16.0 points per game) and 30th in punt returns (14.0 yards per return). The offensive unit ranks eighth in total offense (488.0 ypg) and passing offense (315.7 ypg) and 15th in scoring offense (40.0 points per game).

• The Muhlenberg football team is ranked 23rd in Division III by USA Football and 29th by the American Football Coaches Association.


BEAT GETTYSBURG; WIN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Two Muhlenberg athletes earned player of the week honors from the Centennial Conference after leading their respective teams past Gettysburg.

Kelly Gower • Senior Kelly Gower of the field hockey team was honored after scoring all three goals in Muhlenberg’s 3-1 win on Sept. 21. It was the Mules’ first win against Gettysburg, which has won or tied for the league title three straight years, since 1994. Gower’s second career hat trick included two goals 36 seconds apart in the second half. She leads the CC with 19 points in eight games.

Ben Long • Sophomore Ben Long earned men’s soccer honors for setting up both goals in a 2-1 Homecoming win against Gettysburg, the Bullets’ second loss in CC play since the start of the 1997 season. Long assisted Kevin Welding on the first goal, and his cross was knocked in by the Gettysburg goalie for the second. Muhlenberg is ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region and faces key CC matches against No. 4 Haverford and No. 1 Johns Hopkins this week.


CARTER NAMED PLAYER OF WEEK
Joshua CarterFor the second time this season and the third time in the last four games, Muhlenberg junior Joshua Carter has been named Centennial Conference offensive player of the week. Carter shared the award with Western Maryland quarterback Jamie “Boo” Harris after catching nine passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns against Franklin & Marshall. The four touchdown receptions set a school record, as did Carter’s 344 all-purpose yards. He leads the CC in punt returns, receiving yards per game, all-purpose yards per game and scoring.

• Carter also was named to the d3football.com Team of the Week, along with senior defensive end David Jones.


Monday, September 25
WOMEN’S GOLF finished third at Gettysburg Invitational. Muhlenberg opened its second year of varsity play by finishing third in a tournament that was shortened to nine holes due to inclement weather. Junior Kelly Hannon led the Mules with a 60, two strokes better than senior P.J. Schwartz and junior Kathryn Baker.

Wednesday, September 27
MEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 2, Haverford 0. In a battle of regionally ranked Centennial Conference opponents, Muhlenberg (fifth in the region) scored twice in the first 15 minutes to topple Haverford (fourth), which came in with a seven-game winning streak. Junior David Vassilaros scored the first goal on a blast from just outside the penalty box. The second goal came when junior Greg Ramos sent in a cross that Vassilaros headed out to sophomore Ben Long, who finished for his second goal of the season. The Mules have won five in a row and are in first place in the CC, a half-game ahead of Johns Hopkins. Click here for box score.

Thursday, September 28
FIELD HOCKEY William Paterson 4, Muhlenberg 2. Despite the solid play of sophomore goalie Josephine Fasolino, who recorded 16 saves, and junior Sarah Stitzer, the Mules were unable to come out with a victory. Muhlenberg was able to tie the game at one on junior Melissa Eicken’s first goal of the season, but the 16th-ranked Pioneers scored the next three goals. Junior Amy Yalch also picked up her first goal of the season. Senior Carole Caine assisted on Eicken’s goal, giving her a school-record 15 assists for her career. Click here for box score.
MEN’S GOLF finished fifth at Moravian Invitational. Senior Matt Berman tied for third with a five-over-par 76 to lead Muhlenberg in its first tournament of the year. Freshman Matt Katz shot an 80. Click here for results.
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 1, Gettysburg 1. The showdown between the only two undefeated teams in the Centennial Conference settled little, as Muhlenberg and Gettysburg battled to a 1-1 tie. The result did snap the Bullets’ record 22-game CC winning streak. Gettysburg got on the board in the first half, but the Mules dominated the second half. Senior Pamela Campbell poked in a corner kick from classmate Alissa Desiderio five minutes after break for her first goal of the season. Muhlenberg missed a penalty kick five minutes later and hit the post in the 60th minute. Sophomore Kim Laurino made several diving saves late in regulation and in the overtime periods to preserve the tie. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Allentown 0. The Mules won easily against their crosstown rivals. Sophomore Meghan Billie continued her hot play with 14 kills. Junior Laura Funsten added team-highs in both digs with 12 and assists with 26. Click here for box score.

Saturday, September 30
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 3, Western Maryland 2 (OT). Senior Kelly Gower’s 10th goal of the season, 10 minutes into overtime, lifted Muhlenberg to a Centennial Conference win. Western Maryland had tied the game in dramatic fashion, converting a penalty corner with no time left in regulation. Junior Sarah Stitzer had a goal and assist for the Mules. Click here for box score.
FOOTBALL Western Maryland 15, Muhlenberg 3. The showdown between the two lone remaining undefeated teams in Centennial Conference play turned into a defensive struggle, won by the three-time defending champions. Muhlenberg was held without a touchdown for the first time in 20 games, amassed only 273 total yards (more than 200 below its average) and committed six turnovers. Sophomore Beau Sherry and junior Doug Folger led an outstanding defensive effort with 12 tackles apiece. Senior Jim DePreta caught a career-high seven passes and ran 26 yards on a fake punt. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S GOLF finished third at Western Maryland Invitational. Junior Courtney Sessa shot a 97 to place fifth overall at Western Maryland. Muhlenberg’s team score of 439 trailed Kutztown and Gettysburg.
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Washington (Md.) 0. The Mules posted another impressive shutout win, this time over Washington, to remain undefeated in the Centennial Conference and take a half-game lead over idle Gettysburg for first place. Senior Alissa Desiderio, who had two goals in the game, scored the first one on a brilliant header off a cross from junior Jennie Vroman. Vroman scored the Mules’ third goal on a beautiful pass off the head of senior Jen Sands. Muhlenberg’s defense was also impressive, not allowing a single shot or corner kick for the entire game. The Mules are undefeated in their last 11 CC matches. Click here for box score.

MEN’S SOCCER Johns Hopkins 4, Muhlenberg 1. Muhlenberg, which had allowed only three goals all season, gave up that many in the first half and had its five-match winning streak snapped. Freshman Justin Marx scored to pull the Mules within 3-1 in the second half, but Johns Hopkins, ranked eighth in Division III countered just 50 seconds later. Click here for box score.
MEN’S TENNIS at Vassar for ITA Northeast Regional. Two Muhlenberg players — senior Robby Richman and sophomore Brad Scheller — reached the second round of the ITA Regional befoire bowing, Scheller to the No. 3 seed. Scheller also teamed with sophomore Cameron Parke to advance to the second round of the doubles draw. Click here for Muhlenberg results.
VOLLEYBALL Johns Hopkins 3, Muhlenberg 1; Muhlenberg 3, Swarthmore 0. The Mules split a pair of Centennial Conference matches at Swarthmore. The win in the second match gave the team 10 straight seasons of double digits in victories. That’s the third-longest current streak at the school. Sophomores Meaghan Billie, Dana Ferrelli and Elisabeth Leone led the attack with 20, 19 and 18 kills in the two matches, respectively. Ferrelli also totalled 25 digs. Junior Laura Funsten narrowly missed her first career triple-double, recording 30 assists, 10 digs and 9 blocks against Johns Hopkins. Click here for box scores.


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Last updated September 30, 2000