Thursday, September 25, 2003
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HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND SLATE
NEIDER SCORES HOLE-IN-ONE AS MULES FINISH SECOND
Mens Tennis Wins Second; Volleyball Player Ranked
Senior Jesse Neider fired a hole-in-one as the Muhlenberg mens golf team finished second at the Moravian Fall Invitational.
Neider used a lob wedge to score his ace on the 131-yard third hole at Southmoore Golf Course. He finished his round with a two-over-par 73, tying for first place with classmate Matt Katz and a golfer from Keystone, who won medalist honors with a better score on the final nine holes.
The Mules had a team score of 309, one stroke behind Moravian.
Mens Tennis: The Muhlenberg mens tennis team won its second match of the fall season, defeating East Stroudsburg 7-2 (5-2 using Division III scoring rule) on Wednesday.
Junior Jeff Kraft continued his strong play at No. 1 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0. He has dropped just one game in four singles sets this fall.
Kraft and sophomore Brad Gutwillig both improved to 4-0 for the fall by winning at both singles and doubles. Gutwillig came back to win in three sets at No. 3 singles.
Senior co-captain Gaspare Pizzo and freshman Steven Naids also were double winners.
Volleyball: Sophomore Julie Lauro of the Muhlenberg volleyball team ranks 24th in Division III in kills through matches of Sept. 21. She averaged 4.38 kills per game in the first 13 matches for the Mules, who end a two-week layoff when they travel to Massachusetts for the Amherst Classic this weekend.
Three defending Centennial Conference champions will visit Muhlenberg this
weekend for games that could go a long way to determining the 2003
champions in their respective sports.
Field Hockey (Friday, 7:00): Muhlenberg and McDaniel square off in a matchup of the top two ranked teams in the CC. The Mules are undefeated (8-0) and ranked seventh in Division III, while the defending CC champion Green Terror is 13th. This will be the third straight game against a top-10 team for McDaniel (6-2), which was undefeated until suffering a 5-0 loss at Skidmore, then took second-ranked Salisbury down to the wire before falling, 1-0.
The Mules have winning streaks of 12 games overall and 10 games at home (both dating back to last year). Muhlenberg leads the series, 7-3, and has won all five games played in Allentown. The last five series meetings were all decided by a single goal, and two of them went into overtime.
Football (Saturday, 1:00): Muhlenberg and McDaniel tied for the CC championship each of the last two years, but both enter this early showdown winless. The Mules dropped their opener at Kings Point nearly three weeks ago and had their only other scheduled game cancelled. The Green Terror lost by a total of four points to eight-ranked Bridgewater and Christopher Newport.
In the first 20 years of the CC, no team that lost its league opener went on to capture the title.
McDaniel leads the series, 17-13-3, and has not lost to Muhlenberg since 1993. The Green Terror handed the Mules their only loss of the 2002 regular season, 35-14, and won a 28-25 overtime thriller in 2001.
WMUH 91.7 FM will broadcast the game live. To listen in Real Audio, go to http://www.muhlenberg.edu/wmuh/realaud.html.
Womens Soccer (Saturday, 1:00): Muhlenberg and Johns Hopkins have combined for the last three CC championships, with the Mules winning in 2000 and 2001 and the Blue Jays capturing last years title on Varsity Field.
Johns Hopkins (6-2-1) is ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, with both of its losses and its tie coming against top-20 teams. Muhlenberg (4-3-1) dropped its CC opener at McDaniel last Saturday.
The Blue Jays took a 6-5-1 series lead with their 1-0 double-overtime win last year. The Mules have won the last three meetings in Allentown, all by a 1-0 score one in 1999 when the Blue Jays were ranked 12th in Division III and one in the 2001 CC championship game.
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Last updated September 25, 2003