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2000 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of September 11 to September 17
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
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
3. Rowan
4. Cortland State
5. Keene State
6. Springfield
7. Swarthmore
8. Messiah
9. William Smith
10. Amherst
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 1991.
• 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 region.

Two Muhlenberg athletes have received player of the week honors from the Centennial Conference.
• Senior Carole 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. Caine’s winner came off a penalty corner with 9:55 to go in the ESU game, and she also recorded an assist against Kean.
Dave Paxson• Senior midfielder Dave Paxson shared the men’s 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.Friday’s 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 MVP.

Wednesday, September 13
WOMEN’S 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 Mules, who 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 Muhlenberg’s 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 Katie Garrett, who finished ninth overall. The men placed three runners in the top five, including junior Will Elson, who became the first Muhlenberg men’s runner to take the gold medal at the Mule Invitational. Sophomore Brendan Gallagher and freshman Rob Uniszkiewicz took second and fourth, respectively. The men tied for the title with Moravian. Click here for complete results.
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 score.
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.
WOMEN’S 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 game’s 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.
MEN’S 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 box score.
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.

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Last updated September 16, 2000