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1998 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of September 28 to October 4
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
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).
Regional Rankings
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)
10. St. Mary's (4-2-1)

Bob Macaluso 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.

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 results.

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 results.

Saturday, October 3
FIELD HOCKEY 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 score.
WOMEN'S SOCCER 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 box score.
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.

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Last updated October 4, 1998