News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM RANKED IN REGION
The Muhlenberg women's soccer team slipped to ninth in the
Mid-Atlantic Region rankings for Sept. 28. The Mules face key upcoming
matches against Haverford (Sept. 29) and Messiah (Oct. 10).
1. New Jersey (7-1-1)
2. Richard Stockton (5-2-1)
3. Gettysburg (7-2)
4. Haverford (6-2-1)
5. Elizabethtown (5-5)
6. Messiah (7-2)
7. Salisbury State (7-3)
8. Rowan (3-3)
9. MUHLENBERG (5-3)
10. St. Mary's (4-2-1)
MUHLENBERG HIRES BASEBALL COACH
Muhlenberg College has hired Bob Macaluso as head
baseball coach. A 1987 graduate of Springfield College, he brings
to Muhlenberg 10 years of coaching experience in Massachusetts, the last
two as an assistant at his alma mater. During both of Macaluso's seasons
at Springfield, the Pride won at least 20 games, won the West Division
title of the Constitution Athletic Conference and participated in the
ECAC New England Baseball Tournament.
VOLLEYBALL RANKS AMONG NCAA LEADERS
Through matches of Sept. 28, Muhlenberg appeared twice
among the Division III volleyball leaders in digs. Senior Kimberly
Maurer was eighth with her average of 5.14 digs per game, and the
team's average of 20.92 digs per game was good for 19th.
Monday, September 28
MEN'S TENNIS Kutztown 8, Muhlenberg 1. The No. 1
doubles team of senior JON MANDELBAUM and sophomore ROBBY RICHMAN
produced Muhlenberg's only win at Kutztown. Click here for complete
Tuesday, September 29
MEN'S SOCCER Franklin & Marshall 1,
Muhlenberg 0 (OT). Muhlenberg outshot the Diplomats 15-4 and had a
17-4 edge in corner kicks, but could not score a goal and saw its
longest losing streak in 14 years reach five games. Click here for box score.
WOMEN'S SOCCER Haverford 2, Muhlenberg 1 (2OT).
Haverford scored a goal with just seven seconds left in double overtime
to pin a heartbreaking loss on the Mules in a battle of two regionally
ranked teams. Muhlenberg, ninth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, got on the
board midway through the first half on a goal by freshman NANCY GROVE,
but fourth-ranked Haverford tied it early in the second half. Sophomore
sweeper ALISSA DESIDERIO headed out a potential game-winning shot late in
the first overtime period. All four of the Mules' losses have been by a
2-1 score to regionally ranked teams, and the Mules led 1-0 at halftime
in each game. Click here for box score.
Thursday, October 1
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 3, Moravian 2 (2OT).
Sophomore KELLY GOWER scored all three goals, including the game-winner
with 4:05 left in double overtime, to lift Muhlenberg to its second
straight win. Gower's hat trick doubled her scoring output for the season
and was the first for the Mules in two years. Junior BECKY PIEROTTI
assisted on the first goal, which came just 43 seconds into the game, and
the last to increase her career assist total to 10. She is just the third
player in school history to reach double figures in assists. Sophomore
ALLISON NEET made a season-high 15 saves. The result evened the Matte
Award standings at 2-2. Click here for box score.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Moravian 7.5, Muhlenberg 1.5.
Moravian, playing in its regular season, defeated Muhlenberg, whose
regular season is in the spring. Sophomore KERRI WALDOWSKI picked up the
Mules' lone win at third singles. Click here for complete
Saturday, October 3
Muhlenberg 3, Widener 0. The field hockey team won its third in a row,
outshooting Widener 19-2 for the shutout. Junior BECKY PIEROTTI
scored a goal in the first half, and sophomore KERRY LAMBERT and freshman
SARAH STITZER netted second-half goals. Stitzer's goal was the first of
her career. At 5-5, the Mules have their best 10-game record in five
years. Click here for box score
FOOTBALL Western Maryland 43, Muhlenberg 3.
Little went right against the defending Centennial
Conference champions, who won their 15th straight regular-season game and
sent the Mules to their ninth straight loss. After senior JASON HARTMAN
booted a 19-yard field goal to cut Western Maryland's lead to 7-3 with
6:03 left in the first quarter, the Mules wouldn't score again. Sophomore
MICHAEL McCABE completed 18 of 36 passes for a career-high 225 yards and
extended his streak of passes without an interception to 88. Senior JASON
BRADER was held under 100 yards for the first time ever in a CC game, but
his 95 yards did move him into third place on Muhlenberg's all-time
rushing list with 1,792 career yards. Click here for box score.
MEN'S SOCCER Johns Hopkins 1, Muhlenberg 0.
A Johns Hopkins goal late in the first half stood up as the only score in a
physical game that featured 50 fouls and five yellow cards. The Mules
lost their sixth straight, and with four Centennial Conference losses
this year have matched their total from the first five years of
the CC. Hopkins is ranked 10th in Division III and has a 28-game home
unbeaten streak. Click here for box
Muhlenberg 5, Washington 0. Both senior captains set school records as
the women's soccer team, ranked ninth in the
Mid-Atlantic Region, blanked Washington. CELINA BOER scored the first two
goals of the game to give her 33 career goals, breaking the record of 32 held
by HEATHER LAPP (1991-94). JACKIE VANDERSTREET played the first half in goal,
recording a half shutout to bring her career total to 17, breaking the
previous record of 16.5 held by JEN SAMBLE (1991-93). The Mules' other
goals were scored by Jens -- sophomore JEN SANDS and freshmen JENNIFER
VROMAN and JENNIFER EHRET. Click here for
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Swarthmore 0; Johns
Hopkins 3, Muhlenberg 0. For the second straight Saturday, Muhlenberg
split a pair of Centennial Conference matches. Junior ALLISON VERDUIN had
a sensational match hitting against Swarthmore, recording 12 kills with
only one error in 15 attempts. Senior JEN MORGAN was also accurate, with
seven kills and one error in 14 tries. Verduin had team highs of 11 kills
and 13 digs against Johns Hopkins. Senior KIMBERLY MAURER posted 18 digs
on the afternoon to bring her season total to a new school-record 357. Click here for box scores.
Sunday, October 4
MEN'S TENNIS Rolex Regional Tournament at
Swarthmore. Sophomore ROBBY RICHMAN, seeded ninth, advanced to the
semifinals of the Rolex Regional Tournament before losing to the third
seed. Included in his four wins was a straight-sets defeat of the second
seed. Senior JON MANDELBAUM won two matches to reach the round of 16.
Muhlenberg's other entry, sophomore ADAM EVANS, lost to an eventual
semifinalist. Click here
for Muhlenberg results.