News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
WOMENS SOCCER RANKED 17th
For the first time in its history, the Muhlenberg womens 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)
2. MUHLENBERG (17)
3. Messiah (20)
4. Johns Hopkins (25)
5. William Paterson
8. Mary Washington
10. Salisbury State
The Muhlenberg mens 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 mens
1. Messiah (6)
2. Johns Hopkins (8t)
3. Drew (17)
4. Gettysburg (25)
7. Penn State-Behrend
8. Franklin & Marshall
CARTER NAMED PLAYER OF WEEK
Muhlenberg 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
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.
WOMENS SOCCER Muhlenberg 4, Wilkes 2.
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
list with 77 career points. Senior Alissa Desiderio notched a goal and an
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
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
WOMENS 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.Fridays 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.
MENS 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.Fridays 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 Patersons 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
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 Picos goal. Sophomore goalie Josephine Fasolino recorded
second straight shutout and Muhlenberg extended its best start since 1991
to four straight wins. Click here for box
WOMENS 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.Fridays Classic. Southern Maine won the
tournament championship. Click here for box
MENS SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Bethany (W.Va.) 0.
Three second-half goals sparked Muhlenberg to their fourth Kwik
Goal/T.G.I.Fridays 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.