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2000 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of October 2 to October 8
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
For the first time this season, the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team has received votes in the Division III poll. The Mules have moved into a tie for fourth place in the Mid-Atlantic Region and are in the middle of a stretch of five consecutive games against regionally ranked opponents. The regional rankings (national ranking in parentheses):
1. Johns Hopkins (6t)
2. Drew (13)
3. Elizabethtown (18)
4t. Messiah (rv)
6. Gettysburg
7. Haverford
8. Carnegie Mellon
9. Eastern
10. Misericordia

The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team is in quite a race for the Centennial Conference championship. The Mules moved into first place by a half-game when they defeated Washington while Gettysburg was idle on Saturday. The two-time defending champion Bullets moved back into a tie by scoring two late goals to edge Dickinson, 3-2, on Wednesday. The CC champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The standings through games of Oct. 7:

                        CC     Overall
MUHLENBERG ........... 4-0-1 .. 9-2-2
Gettysburg ........... 4-0-1 .. 7-3-1
Western Maryland ..... 5-2-0 ..12-3-0
Haverford ............ 3-1-1 .. 5-6-1
Johns Hopkins ........ 4-2-0 .. 9-3-0
Franklin & Marshall .. 3-2-0 .. 8-2-1
Dickinson ............ 2-2-1 .. 8-3-2
Ursinus .............. 2-4-0 .. 5-7-0
Swarthmore ........... 1-4-0 .. 4-7-0
Washington ........... 1-5-0 .. 6-6-0
Bryn Mawr ............ 0-7-0 .. 1-11-0

Tuesday, October 3
FIELD HOCKEY Swarthmore 2, Muhlenberg 1. Swarthmore, which had been ranked in the Division III top 20 as recently as last week, scored the game-winning goal with just under 20 minutes to play. The Mules had tied the score on senior Kelly Gower’s 11th goal of the season, assisted by junior Sarah Stitzer. The two points moved Gower into a tie for third place on the all-time scoring list with 76 career points. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S GOLF finished second at Muhlenberg Fall Classic. The Mules brought home the second-place plaque at their first-ever home tournament. Junior Courtney Sessa shot a 97 to place third overall. Juniors Kelly Hannon (sixth) and Jessica McCourt (seventh) also finished in the top 10.
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 1, Messiah 0. Freshman Dawn Iberer’s goal 15 minutes into the second half accounted for the only scoring as Muhlenberg defeated a top-10 team for the first time in program history. Messiah came into the game undefeated, ranked ninth in Division III and tied for first in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Falcons also had eight straight shutouts and had not trailed all season. Iberer’s goal came off a through ball from senior Jen Sands, who had hit the crossbar with a shot five minutes earlier. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, October 4
MEN’S SOCCER vs. Elizabethtown, rained out
VOLLEYBALL Franklin & Marshall 3, Muhlenberg 1. Down 2-0, Muhlenberg won the third game, but the 20th-ranked Diplomats sealed the victory by taking Game 4. Sophomore Dana Ferrelli had 10 digs and 7 kills for the Mules, while sophomore Elisabeth Leone filled in at setter and recorded 17 assists in addition to a career-high 6 blocks. Sophomore Meaghan Billie added 5 blocks and a team-high 8 kills. Click here for box score.

Friday, October 6
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Keuka 1. Senior Alissa Desiderio and freshman Dawn Iberer scored goals four minutes apart from similar spots on the right side of the penalty box, giving Muhlenberg an early lead en route to its third straight win. Senior Jen Sands closed out the scoring with a shot from the left side, and the Mules played mostly reserves for the final two-thirds of the game. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Oneonta State 3, Muhlenberg 0. The hosts swept in three close games in the opening round of the Oneonta State Invitational. Senior Jennifer Kahn and sophomore Dana Ferrelli led the defense with 16 digs apiece. Sophomore Elisabeth Leone recorded 15 assists, 7 kills and 3 aces. Click here for box score.

Saturday, October 7
CROSS COUNTRY women finished 14th and men 13th at Dickinson Invitational. Both Muhlenberg teams ran very well at Dickinson, improving on their standing from last year. The men finished in the top third and had two medalists: junior Will Elson (23rd place) and sophomore Brendan Gallagher (24th). The men also placed fourth out of the eight Centennial Conference teams at the meet. The top two finishers for the women were junior Katie Garrett (77th) and freshman Diana Garretto (79th). Click here for complete results.
FOOTBALL Muhlenberg 31, Swarthmore 14. The Mules scored three touchdowns in a span of 3:31 late in the second quarter and went on to defeat Swarthmore for the fifth straight year. The Mules trailed, 7-0, before junior Joshua Carter returned a punt 48 yards to the Garnet Tide 20. Freshman Matt Bernardo completed the short drive by scoring the first of his two touchdowns with 4:56 left in the half. After three plays, Carter returned the next punt 16 yards to the 42. Two plays later, senior Michael McCabe completed a screen pass that sophomore Anthony Wolfsohn took 21 yards for a score. Carter scored the third touchdown himself, on a 24-yard catch, after an interception by senior Mike Burke. Carter finished with 179 all-purpose yards, including 88 on four punt returns. Wolfsohn rushed for a career-high 131 yards on 24 carries, and McCabe threw for an even 200 yards. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Keuka 2; Muhlenberg 3, Buffalo State 1; Muhlenberg 3, Utica 0. Muhlenberg won all three of its matches on the second day of the Oneonta State Invitational. Junior Laura Funsten totalled 121 assists on the day to become the Mules’ all-time leader with 1,746 career assists. Sophomores Dana Ferrelli (30 digs) and Meaghan Billie (23 kills) posted career highs in the opening match, in which Muhlenberg jumped out to a 2-0 lead but had to rally to win a close Game 5. Sophomore Lisa Giammalvo recorded her first career double-double with 21 digs and 11 kills against Keuka, then added 14 digs against Buffalo State and a team-high 14 kills in the Utica match. Billie and Giammalvo were named to the All-Tournament Team. Click here for box scores.

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Last updated October 7, 2000