News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
GOWER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore KELLY GOWER of the Muhlenberg field hockey team
was named player of the week by the Centennial Conference through games
of Oct. 18. Gower scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1:04
remaining, to give the Mules their sixth straight win, 5-4 at
FDU-Madison. She ranks fourth in the CC with her 10 goals this season.
MULES RANK AMONG FOOTBALL LEADERS
Through games of Oct. 17, Muhlenberg had two players rank
among the Division III statistical leaders. Freshman JOSHUA CARTER was
11th in kickoff returns (29.7 yards per return) and senior JASON
BRADER was 25th in rushing (118.3 yards per game).
Sunday, October 19
GOLF finished third out of 12 teams at Western
Maryland Fall Invitational. Muhlenberg finished just one stroke behind
defending Centennial Conference champion and 1998 NCAA Tournament
participant Western Maryland. Freshman KEVIN FITZPATRICK shot a 74 on the
first day of competition, while junior MATT SKILTON and senior BRYAN
MULLINS tied for team low with a 36-hole total of 164. Click here for complete
Wednesday, October 21
MEN'S SOCCER Rowan 4, Muhlenberg 1.
Fifth-ranked Rowan scored twice in each half to defeat the Mules. Junior
JOHAN HOHMAN scored Muhlenberg's only goal 11 seconds before halftime,
assisted by sophomore DAVID PAXSON. Click here for box score.
Thursday, October 22
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 2, King's 1. Junior BETH
HUGHES' first goal of the season, with just 1:19 left in the first half,
proved to be the game-winner as Muhlenberg edged King's for its seventh
consecutive win. The winning streak is the longest for the Mules since 1993.
Junior KIM BRADY opened the scoring for Muhlenberg with her 10th career goal.
Sophomore KELLY GOWER assisted to extend her points scoring streak to
seven games. The Mules, who have four games remaining on the schedule, have
scored 28 goals this season, matching their best output since 1990. Click here for box score.
WOMEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 4, Franklin &
Marshall 2. Sophomore JEN SANDS tied a school record with three assists to
lead Muhlenberg to its record-tying 10th win of the season. The Mules
previously won 10 games in 1993 and 1997. Sands, who also had three
assists in a game last year, set up sophomore PAMELA CAMPBELL for the
game's first goal just 40 seconds into the contest. She also assisted senior
CELINA BOER for the goal that made it 2-0 and freshman JENNIFER VROMAN
for an insurance goal late in the second half. Sands figured prominently
in Muhlenberg's other goal as well, drawing a foul in the penalty box to
set the stage for Boer's successful penalty kick. Click here for box score.
Saturday, October 24
CROSS COUNTRY Muhlenberg men and women both swept
Albright, Alvernia, Delaware Valley and Lycoming. Both Muhlenberg cross
country teams went 4-0 in the final tuneup for the Centennial Conference
championships. The women's race was a sea of red, as the Mules had five
of the first six runners across the finish line and six of the first
eight. Sophomore LAURA ROTH and junior CINDY BREDEFELD were one and two.
The men also had the top two runners in freshman WILL ELSON and junior
WILLIAM McELROY. Sophomore CHRIS CATALANO (sixth) also placed in the top
10. Click here for complete results.
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 5, Dickinson 4 (2OT,
penalty strokes). Sophomore CAROLE CAINE's successful penalty stroke put
an end to this seesaw battle and gave Muhlenberg its eighth consecutive win.
The Mules, who have their longest in-season winning streak in
eight years and reached double figures in wins for the seventh time in
program history, held a 3-1 lead at halftime on the strength of two goals by
sophomore KELLY GOWER and one by sophomore KERRY LAMBERT. Gower's two scores
gave her 12 for the season, tying the school record for a first-year player.
Dickinson's Kate Snyder scored three of her four goals in the second
half, the last with with 8:57 remaining to give the Red Devils a 4-3 lead.
But junior KIM BRADY notched the tying goal, assisted by Gower, with 4:31
left to force overtime. After two scoreless overtime periods, the teams
went to best-of-five penalty strokes to decide the contest. Caine, who also
recorded a defensive save in the game, connected on the fourth round to give
Muhlenberg an insurmountable 3-1 lead. Click here for box score.
FOOTBALL Muhlenberg 47, Gettysburg 19. Senior
JASON BRADER rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns to become
the all-time leading rusher as the Mules pulled away from Gettysburg for
their second win of the season. Brader, who carried 33 times and scored
on runs of 3, 1 and 17 yards, now has 2,313 career yards in only two seasons,
breaking the record of 2,293 set by Brian Bodine from 1977 to 1980. His
3-yard scoring burst, with 2:48 left in the first half, gave Muhlenberg the
lead for good at 20-19. Sophomore MICHAEL McCABE completed 17 passes for 29
yards for a career-high 341 yards, the fifth-best total in school
history, and three touchdowns. Eight of his passes and two of his TDs
went to junior KENYAMO McFARLANE, whose 222 receiving yards were the
second-most in school history. The Bullets' Paul Smith, who entered the
game as the leading rusher in the Centennial Conference, ran for 166
yards, but had only 28 on 10 carries in the second half as the Mules kept
Gettysburg off the scoreboard. Leading the defensive effort were junior
linebacker JOE GMITTER (14 tackles, two interceptions) and senior
linebacker PATRICK BOYLE (10 tackles, one interception). Click here for box score.
MEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 1, Washington (Md.) 0.
Senior HUGH WATTERS' seventh goal of the season, with 10:32 remaining
in the second overtime, was the only scoring of the game as Muhlenberg
edged Washington. Freshman ROBERT POMENTO made two saves in goal to record
his first career shutout as the Mules extended their unbeaten streak
over the Shoremen to 12 games. Click
here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Wilkes 0. Muhlenberg
swept Wilkes to match its win total (15) from last season. Junior MILENA
NEGRAO recorded 11 assists to set a school record with 655 assists this
season. Heather Stahlnecker had the previous record of 648, in 1995.
Freshman LAURA FUNSTEN also had 11 assists to go along with five digs and
three service aces. Junior ALLISON VERDUIN led the offense with 14 kills.
Click here for box score.