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
Senior Kelly Gower of the field hockey team was honored after
scoring all three goals in Muhlenbergs 3-1 win on Sept. 21. It was
Mules first win against Gettysburg, which has won or tied for the
title three straight years, since 1994. Gowers second career hat
included two goals 36 seconds apart in the second half. She leads the CC
with 19 points in eight games.
Sophomore Ben Long earned mens soccer honors for setting up
both goals in a 2-1 Homecoming win against Gettysburg, the Bullets
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
CARTER NAMED PLAYER OF WEEK
For 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
Carters 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
WOMENS 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
MENS 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
Eickens 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 Eickens goal,
giving her a school-record 15 assists for her career.
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MENS 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.
WOMENS 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
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 Gowers 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.
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WOMENS GOLF finished third at Western
Maryland Invitational. Junior Courtney Sessa shot a 97 to place fifth
overall at Western Maryland. Muhlenbergs team score of 439 trailed
Kutztown and Gettysburg.
WOMENS 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
the head of senior Jen Sands. Muhlenbergs defense was also
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.
MENS 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
MENS 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
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
seasons of double digits in victories. Thats 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.