News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
GMITTER, CARTER EARN FOOTBALL HONORS
Junior middle linebacker JOE GMITTER was named
defensive player of the week by both the Centennial Conference and the
ECAC for games through Oct. 24. Gmitter made a career-high 14 tackles and
intercepted two passes - the first of his career - to lead Muhlenberg to
a 47-19 win against Gettysburg. The Muhlenberg defense shut out the
Bullets in the second half, holding them to just 89 total yards. Also honored was freshman wide receiver JOSHUA
CARTER, who was named ECAC rookie of the week. Carter caught five passes
for 97 yards and scored his first career touchdown, a 42-yard reception
early in the fourth quarter that gave the Mules a 34-19 lead.
SANDS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore JEN SANDS of the women's soccer team was named
Centennial Conference player of the week after figuring in all four goals
of the Mules' 4-2 defeat of Franklin & Marshall. Sands assisted on three,
tying a school record she achieved once before, and drew a foul in the
penalty box that led to the fourth goal, a successful penalty kick. The
win was the Mules' record-tying 10th of the season.
Tuesday, October 27
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 3, Franklin & Marshall 2.
Three different players scored goals as the Mules rolled to their ninth
straight win. Sophomore CAROLE CAINE's second goal of the season and the
first career goal for junior CORI COSSETTI gave Muhlenberg a 2-0 lead in
the first half. F & M scored in the final minute of the half, but junior
KIM BRADY scored what proved to be the game-winner early in the second
half. With 36 goals this season, the Mules have more than twice as many
as they scored all last year (17) in one fewer game. Click here for box score.
WOMEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 4, Swarthmore 0.
Senior CELINA BOER had a hand (or a foot) in all four goals,
breaking one school record and tying another, as Muhlenberg breezed to
its school-record 11th win of the season. Boer scored two of the goals to
tie the record of 14 in a season she set last year and assisted on the other
two goals to set the single-season points mark with 35. She now has 95
career points and needs five more in the two remaining regular-season games
to become the first player in school history to reach 100. Freshman NANCY
GROVE also scored two goals for the Mules, who won their fourth in a row.
Click here for box score.
Wednesday, October 28
MEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 1, Haverford 1. Senior
DAVID VIVINO scored his third goal of the season on a rainy Senior Night,
but that was all the scoring the Mules could muster. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Ursinus 1. Muhlenberg
broke three more school records, bringing the season total to 16, in its
final Centennial Conference match of the season. The Mules set team
records with 56 kills and 51 assists, and junior MILENA NEGRAO recorded
seven assists to become the school's all-time leader with 1,525. Junior
ALLISON VERDUIN had 14 kills to become the second player in school
history with 300 in a season. Senior JEN MORGAN also had 14 kills and
senior MEREDITH COLE added 11. Seniors KIMBERLY MAURER and KRISTEN CONBOY
led the defense with 16 digs and six blocks, respectively. Click here for box score.
Thursday, October 29
FIELD HOCKEY Swarthmore 3, Muhlenberg 0.
Muhlenberg's nine-game winning streak came to a halt at the hands of
Swarthmore, the sixth-ranked team in the South Atlantic Region. The
Mules, who had averaged more than three goals a game during their streak,
haven't lost to an unranked team since Sept. 12. Click here for box score.
WOMEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Ursinus 0. Senior
CELINA BOER scored her school-record 15th goal of the season to lead
Muhlenberg to its fifth straight win. Boer, who broke the record she set
last year, finished the game with 97 career points. The Mules also got a
goal from freshman NANCY GROVE, two assists from sophomore JEN SANDS and
an own goal. Senior JACKIE VANDERSTREET made five saves for the shutout.
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Saturday, October 31
CROSS COUNTRY women finished sixth and men
eighth at Centennial Conference Championships. Sophomore LAURA ROTH
finished 16th, missing All-Conference honors by two places, to lead the
Muhlenberg women in the CC meet at Western Maryland. Junior WILLIAM
McELROY paced the men, coming in 38th overall. Click here for complete results.
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 3, Bryn Mawr 0.
Freshman MELISSA REED made five saves to record a shutout in her first
career start as Muhlenberg ended its regular season with a 3-0 blanking of
Bryn Mawr. The Mules, who have won 10 of their last 11 and have the
second-most wins in school history (12), await Monday's announcement of
the ECAC Tournament field. Sophomore KELLY GOWER opened the scoring to set a
school record for goals by a first-year player (13). Junior CORI
COSSETTI and sophomore KERRY LAMBERT also scored, and STACY DEVINE, the
only senior on the roster, recorded an assist. Click here for box score.
FOOTBALL Muhlenberg 6, Ursinus 3 (OT). Junior
KENYAMO McFARLANE made a diving catch in the end zone in the first
overtime period to give Muhlenberg a dramatic win at Ursinus. It was the
second win in a row for the Mules, who finished the Centennial
Conference season with three wins, their most in five years. After a
scoreless regulation, Ursinus had the first possession in overtime and
kicked a 38-yard field goal. On their possession, the Mules faced a third
down when sophomore MICHAEL McCABE threw on the run to McFarlane, who
caught the 21-yard pass for his eighth touchdown of the year. McFarlane
also forced a fumble on a punt return and blocked a punt with two seconds
left in regulation to set up a potential game-winning field-goal attempt.
Junior JOE GMITTER led the defense, which held an opponent scoreless
through four quarters for the first time since 1987, with 13 tackles and
a blocked punt. Freshman cornerback LEROY JEFFERSON broke up three passes
to set a school record with 10 pass breakups for the season. Click here for box score.
MEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 6, Swarthmore 1. It was
Halloween, not Christmas, but Muhlenberg used a Ho-Ho-Ho combination to
topple Swarthmore. Freshman SAM HOCHBERG scored the first two goals of
his career, and sophomore BENJAMIN HOFFMAN and junior JOHAN HOHMAN also
scored as the Mules matched their highest scoring output of the season.
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WOMEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 6, Western Maryland
1. The two seniors on the Muhlenberg team, CELINA BOER and JACKIE
VANDERSTREET, both reached career milestones as the Mules wrapped up their
finest regular season ever. Muhlenberg now awaits Monday's announcement
of the ECAC Tournament field. Boer scored two goals to increase her
career points total to 101. She is the first player in school history to
reach triple digits. Vanderstreet, the starting goalie for the last four
years, played the field in the second half and scored her first career goal.
NANCY GROVE also scored a goal to tie the school freshman record of 10 in
a season. It is the first time the Mules have had two players reach
double digits in goals scored in the same season (Boer had 17). Freshman
LINDSAY GEHRKE scored her first career goal to cap Muhlenberg's fourth
game with six goals this season. Click
here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Allentown 3, Muhlenberg 2.
Muhlenberg's season ended in heartbreaking fashion as Allentown came back
from a 2-0 deficit to win. The Mules five seniors -- JEN MORGAN (18
kills, 21 digs), MEREDITH COLE (14 kills), KIMBERLY MAURER (25 digs, 10
kills), KRISTEN CONBOY (11 kills, 25 digs, four blocks) and SUSIE HEYEL
(26 digs) -- all put up big numbers in their finales. Junior ALLISON
VERDUIN added 26 kills and 21 digs as the Mules set a school record with
148 digs. Click here for box score.