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2000 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of September 4 to September 10
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
For the first time in its history, the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team has received a national ranking. The Mules are ranked 17th in Division III and second in the Mid-Atlantic region, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Muhlenberg opened its season with a 1-1 road tie against Rowan, which was ranked 21st in the NSCAA preseason poll. The Mules trail only the No. 1 team in the country, College of New Jersey, in the regional rankings (national ranking in parentheses):
1. New Jersey (1)
3. Messiah (20)
4. Johns Hopkins (25)
5. William Paterson
6. Gettysburg
7. Elizabethtown
8. Mary Washington
9. Scranton
10. Salisbury State

The Muhlenberg men’s team is ranked ninth in the region after beginning the season with 1-0 losses to Drew (third in the region, 17th in Division III) and New Jersey (fourth in the Metro region). The men’s rankings:
1. Messiah (6)
2. Johns Hopkins (8t)
3. Drew (17)
4. Gettysburg (25)
5. Elizabethtown
6. Haverford
7. Penn State-Behrend
8. Franklin & Marshall
10. Ursinus

Joshua CarterMuhlenberg junior Joshua Carter began the 2000 season exactly the same way he ended 1999 — by being named Centennial Conference offensive player of the week. Carter was honored after racking up 297 all-purpose yards against Kings Point and tying a school record with three receiving touchdowns. The Mules’ new career all-purpose yardage leader owns the top three all-purpose games in school history.

Tuesday, September 5
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 3, East Stroudsburg 2. Senior Carole Caine drilled in a shot off a penalty corner with 9:55 remaining to give the Mules their first 2-0 start since 1991. Muhlenberg jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 18 minutes on a pair of goals by senior Kelly Gower, but East Stroudsburg came back to tie the game. For the second straight game, junior Melissa Eicken assisted on the go-ahead goal. Sophomore Josephine Fasolino made a career-high 17 saves in the win, the Mules’ second straight against their Division II rivals. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 4, Wilkes 2. Senior Jen Sands scored two goals and assisted on another as Muhlenberg tied a school record by running its unbeaten string to 10 matches. The five points moved Sands into second place on the Mules’ all-time scoring list with 77 career points. Senior Alissa Desiderio notched a goal and an assist. The Mules are 11-0 all-time against Wilkes. Click here for box score.

Thursday, September 7
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 3, Kean 0. Sophomore Laura Diez scored her first career goal with 3:56 left in the first half to begin the scoring. Sophomore Holly Pico and junior Sarah Stitzer each added a goal in the second half to secure the victory for the Mules. Goalie Josephine Fasolino made two saves in recording the shutout. The Mules pushed their record to 3-0 for the first time since 1991. Click here for box score.

Friday, September 8
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 2, Drew 0. The Mules extended their unbeaten streak to a school-record 12 matches by winning in the first round of the Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday’s Classic. Senior Alissa Desiderio scored early in the first half, and freshman Jennifer Spehar rounded out the scoring by heading in a corner kick from classmate Jennifer Gitto for her first career goal. Southern Maine defeated Scranton, 2-1, in the other match. Click here for box score.
MEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 2, Southern Maine 0. Muhlenberg broke into the win column and the scoring column for the 2000 season in the opening round of the Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday’s Classic. Sophomore Quentin McDowell headed in the first goal, and junior David Vassilaros posted his first career goal as a Mule on a second-half breakaway. Sophomore Josh Menditch, making his first career start in goal, recorded the shutout. Roanoke nipped Bethany, 2-1, in the other match. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Albright 0. The Mules improved to 10-0 all-time in Buttermaker Tournament matches by sweeping Albright. Sophomore Meaghan Billie had a team-high 11 kills (with no errors) and 4 blocks. Sophomore Dana Ferrelli added 9 kills. Click here for box score.

Saturday, September 9
CROSS COUNTRY men finished first and women third at William Paterson’s Garrett Mountain Invitational. For the second time in four years, the Muhlenberg men won the championship of the Garrett Mountain Invitational. The Mules placed three runners in the top six, led by junior Will Elson in second place. Sophomore Brendan Gallagher came in fifth, one spot ahead of freshman Rob Uniszkiewicz. The women placed third out of 13 teams. Junior Katie Garrett and freshmen Erica Norey and Diana Garretto crossed the line consecutively at 12-13-14. Click here for complete results.
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 3, Delaware Valley 0. Senior Kelly Gower scored the first of three unanswered goals in the Mules’ home opener. The goal was the 25th of her career, making her only the 11th player in school history to reach that mark. Senior Kerry Lambert and sophomore Holly Pico each added a goal, while sophomore Laura Diez recorded her first career assist on Pico’s goal. Sophomore goalie Josephine Fasolino recorded her second straight shutout and Muhlenberg extended its best start since 1991 to four straight wins. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S SOCCER Scranton 2, Muhlenberg 0. The Mules had their 12-match unbeaten streak snapped in the second round of the Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday’s Classic. Southern Maine won the tournament championship. Click here for box score.
MEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Bethany (W.Va.) 0. Three second-half goals sparked Muhlenberg to their fourth Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday’s Classic championship in five years. Freshman Mark Lee converted a free kick from junior David Vassilaros for his first career goal to open the scoring, and Vassilaros later added a goal of his own with a rocket from 25 yards out. Sophomore Quentin McDowell chipped in the third tally. Both Roanoke and Muhlenberg finished with 2-0 records, but the Mules won the championship on the basis of goal differential (maximum of three per game). Senior Dave Paxson was named tournament MVP. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Bethany (W.Va.) 0; Muhlenberg 3, Marywood 0; Muhlenberg 3, Misericordia 0. Sophomore Meaghan Billie hit at a blistering .471 percentage in three matches to lead Muhlenberg to its third straight Buttermaker Tournament championship. Billie averaged 4.33 kills per game for the tournament, including a career-high 19 in the title match against Misericordia, to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Junior Laura Funsten had 41 assists in the final, while sophomore Dana Ferrelli recorded 17 digs and 11 kills and classmate Elisabeth Leone added 13 digs and 11 kills. Click here for box scores.

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Last updated September 8, 2000