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Friday, August 29, 2003
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MULES GO 3-1 ON OPENING DAY
WOMEN’S SOCCER, FIELD HOCKEY
ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Milestones for Iberer, Benintend
Hockey Dominates Everywhere but Scoreboard

Sophomore Adrienne Verbich scored midway through the second half for the lone goal as the Muhlenberg field hockey team edged Frostburg State, 1-0, in the first game of the Muhlenberg Invitational.

In the second game, Elizabethtown and Washington & Jefferson were scoreless late in the first half when the action was interrupted by lightning. The game was suspended and will be resumed Saturday at 10:00, prior to the consolation game.

Muhlenberg did not allow either a shot or a penalty corner to the Bobcats, but had trouble breaking the ice, missing two penalty strokes. Finally, Verbich hit the back of the cage with 19:44 left in the game.

“The ball came to the middle and I just reached for it,” Verbich said. “I was trying to get it out into the goal mouth, and the goalie deflected it and it went in.”

The win was the Mules’ fifth straight dating back to last year.

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VOLLEYBALL SPLITS

The Muhlenberg volleyball team “aced” its first test of the season, defeating Alvernia in the first round of Moravian’s Greyhound Premiere Invitational, and earned passing grades in falling to Frostburg State in its second match.

The Mules finished second in Pool B and will face Pool A runner-up York in the Gold Bracket on Saturday.

Muhlenberg dropped the first game to Alvernia, 30-18, but stormed back to win the next three. The Mules set a school record with 22 service aces, six each by sophomore Julie Lauro and freshman Courtney Williams and five by Kate Haggerty.

Lauro added 15 kills and 11 digs for her 11th career double-double, while Haggerty added 11 kills in her debut.

The Mules hung tough in a 3-0 loss to an experienced Frostburg State team that ended the 2002 season with a record of 25-10 and ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Lauro dropped in 10 kills and sophomore Jen Weist, who recorded a career-high 16 digs in the Alvernia match, duplicated that number against Frostburg.

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Mules to Face Host Kean

Senior forward Dawn Iberer and Head Coach Leslie Benintend achieved career milestones as the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team opened its 2003 season with a 3-0 defeat of St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) in the first round of the Kean Invitational.

Iberer scored two goals to increase her point total to a school-record 111. She entered the game needing two points to break the previous mark of 108, set by Celina Boer (1995-98). Iberer set the record for career goals last year (she now has 49).

The win was the 100th for Benintend, who in her ninth season at Muhlenberg owns a career record of 100-49-9.

Junior Becky Armstrong had a goal and an assist for the Mules, who did all their scoring in the first 18 minutes. Four goalies combined on the shutout.

The Mules will face Kean, a 10-0 winner against Mount St. Mary’s, in Saturday’s championship game.

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Last updated August 29, 2003