News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
FOUR MUHLENBERG TEAMS RANKED
Four of the seven Muhlenberg College fall sports teams are
ranked early in the 2000 season. Leading the way is field hockey, which is
ranked 12th in Division III after its 4-0 start:
1. College of New Jersey
2. Lebanon Valley
4. Cortland State
5. Keene State
9. William Smith
11. Mary Washington
Muhlenberg field hockey was ranked many times in the late 1980s, but this
is the first time the Mules have appeared in the national poll since
The Muhlenberg football team is ranked 30th in Division III in the
USA Football poll.
Both Muhlenberg soccer teams are ranked eighth in the Mid-Atlantic
CAINE, PAXSON EARN PLAYER OF WEEK HONORS
Two Muhlenberg athletes have received
player of the week honors from the Centennial Conference.
Caine was awarded after helping the field hockey team to a 3-0 week. She
scored the game-winning goal
against East Stroudsburg and led a defense that produced back-to-back
shutouts against Kean and Delaware Valley. Caines winner came off a
penalty corner with 9:55 to go in the ESU game, and she also recorded an
assist against Kean.
Senior midfielder Dave Paxson
mens soccer weekly honors with Matt Duques of Haverford after helping
lead a very young team to the championship of the Kwik
Goal/T.G.I.Fridays Classic. Of the Mules starters
at forward and midfield in the tournament, Paxson is the only one who has
been with the team more than one full year. He was also named tournament
Wednesday, September 13
WOMENS SOCCER Muhlenberg 2, Haverford 1.
Freshman Monica Jones blast from 40 yards out with 6:39 left was the
game-winning goal as Muhlenberg won its Centennial Conference opener. The
have won seven straight CC games, took a lead early in the game on a long
shot by senior Jen Sands. Haverford tied the contest in the second
half, snapping Muhlenbergs CC shutout streak at 601 minutes. Click here for box score.
Thursday, September 14
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 3, Scranton 2. A
second-half rally came up short as Muhlenberg, ranked 12th in Division
III, suffered its first loss of the season. The Mules trailed 3-0
before senior Kelly Gower and sophomore Holly Pico scored within two
minutes of each other
early in the second half. Muhlenberg had two penalty corners in the
closing two minutes but could not convert either one. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Delaware Valley 1.
Sophomore Meaghan Billie continued her hot play with a career-high 20
kills as Muhlenberg won its fifth straight. Sophomore Elisabeth Leone
and senior Jennifer Kahn also
set career highs with 15 kills and 22 digs, respectively. Junior Laura
Funsten had 25 digs and 40 assists. Click
here for box score.
Saturday, September 16
CROSS COUNTRY women finished second and men
tied for first in the Mule Invitational. The women were paced by junior
Garrett, who finished ninth overall. The men placed three runners in the
five, including junior Will Elson, who became the first Muhlenberg
mens runner to take the gold medal at the Mule Invitational.
Brendan Gallagher and freshman Rob Uniszkiewicz took second and fourth,
respectively. The men tied for the title with Moravian. Click here for complete
FIELD HOCKEY Johns Hopkins 4, Muhlenberg 3.
Muhlenberg lost its Centennial Conference opener
in a shootout against defending co-champion Johns Hopkins. The Mules
kept it close with goals by three of their
seniors, Kelly Gower, Carole Caine and Kerry Lambert, but the Blue
Jays defense stopped a key penalty corner with a minute and a
half to go to hold on. Caine also had an assist to tie the school record
of 14 in a career. Click here for box
FOOTBALL Muhlenberg 41, Dickinson 26. Senior
Michael McCabe threw for 375 yards and a school record-tying five
touchdowns to lead the Mules to a win in their Centennial
Conference opener. McCabe also went over the 5,000-yard
mark for his career and now owns three of the top four passing games in
school history. Sophomore Alfredo Mercuri caught the final two
scoring strikes, on bombs of 44 and 77 yards, for his first two career
touchdowns and finished with 139 yards on four receptions. The Mules
jumped on top with 4:21 to
play in the first quarter when McCabe hit junior Joshua Carter with a
45-yard strike. Sophomore Anthony Wolfsohn caught a 61-yard
touchdown pass, cashed in on a 12-yard run and finished with a
career-high 104 rushing yards. Senior Mwaura Muroki led the Muhlenberg
defense with 13 tackles and an interception. The win was the Mules
first in Carlisle since 1986. Click
her for box score.
WOMENS SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Western Maryland
0. Freshman Dawn Iberer had a breakout game, scoring two
goals and adding an assist for her first career points, as Muhlenberg
gave Centennial Conference rival Western Maryland its
first loss of the season. Junior Nancy Grove scored the games first
goal on a brilliant cross from Iberer early in the second half. Iberer
proceeded to add two more insurance goals late in the half to secure the
win. Sophomores Kim Laurino and Denae Bordeaux combined for the
shutout, giving the Mules eight straight wins in Centennial Conference
play. Click here for box score.
MENS SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Dickinson 0. A
spectacular goal on a bicycle kick by freshman Mark Lee in the 17th minute
opened the scoring and sent Muhlenberg on to the win in its Centennial
Conference opener. Sophomore Ben Long and freshman Justin Marx also scored
for the Mules, the latter posting his first career goal on a straight-on
blast from 30 yards out. Click here for
VOLLEYBALL Moravian 3, Muhlenberg 1. Moravian
gained revenge for the Mules win two weeks earlier at Messiah.
Sophomore Elisabeth Leone had 22 digs, 5 aces and 6 kills. Click here for box score.