News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
WOMEN'S SOCCER WINS ECAC TOURNAMENT
The Muhlenberg women's soccer team wrapped up its best season
ever by blanking
Franklin & Marshall, 3-0, to win the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship.
Senior JACKIE VANDERSTREET (right) was named tournament MVP after making
eight saves to record the shutout in the title game. The championship
came in the first postseason appearance ever for the women's soccer team,
and was Muhlenberg's first ECAC title since men's soccer won in 1988.
FIELD HOCKEY RECEIVES ECAC TOURNAMENT BID
The Muhlenberg field hockey team made its first postseason
appearance in nine years, dropping a 3-2 double-overtime decision to
defending champion Swarthmore in the first round of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic
Championship. The loss finished the Mules' season with a record of 12-7,
their only two losses in the final 12 games both coming to Swarthmore.
BOER SCORES ALL-CC "THREE-PEAT"
Senior CELINA BOER was named to the All-Centennial
Conference women's soccer first team for the third year in a row. She is
just the third player in the CC's history to earn first-team honors three
times. Boer led the Conference in scoring with 41 points. Other
All-Conference selections for Muhlenberg in women's soccer and field
Allison Fish -- second team
Jennifer Vroman -- second team
Alissa Desiderio -- honorable mention
Nancy Grove -- honorable mention
Jen Sands -- honorable mention
Jackie Vanderstreet -- honorable mention
Carole Caine -- second team
Becky Pierotti -- second team
Kelly Gower -- honorable mention
Wednesday, November 4
FIELD HOCKEY Swarthmore 3, Muhlenberg 2.
Muhlenberg's season ended in heartbreaking fashion as Holly
Baker converted a penalty stroke with 12:12 left in double overtime to
give Swarthmore the win in the first round of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic
Tournament. The Mules' only two losses in the final 12 games were both at
the hands of Swarthmore. The Garnet Tide, who had defeated Muhlenberg 3-0
just six days earlier, got on the board first with 21:28 to play in the
first half. The Mules tied the game less than two minutes later off a
penalty corner, with sophomore CAROLE CAINE blasting the ball into the cage
from the top of the circle. Sophomore KRISTIN GEORGE tapped in the ball
after a scramble in front of the net to give Muhlenberg a short-lived
lead with 4:30 to go in the half. Just 55 seconds later, Swarthmore tied
the game again. The score remained 2-2 through the second half and first
overtime period. The Mules' total of 12 wins tied for the second-most in
school history. Click here for box score.
Saturday, November 7
FOOTBALL Muhlenberg 34, Grove City 31. Junior
KENYAMO McFARLANE caught a touchdown pass on the last play of the game
in overtime for the second straight week to lift the Mules to their third
straight win. Grove City scored 14 fourth-quarter points to tie the game
at 28 in the fourth quarter, then booted a 33-yard field goal on its
overtime possession. On the first play of Muhlenberg's overtime
possession, sophomore MICHAEL McCABE found McFarlane wide open in the end
zone for a 25-yard touchdown. The Mules are 4-5 and have a chance to
finish with a non-losing record for the first time since 1989. McCabe had
his second 300-yard passing game, with 304, and threw three touchdown
passes. Freshman JOSHUA CARTER caught a career-high eight passes for 130
yards and a score, while junior tight end CHRIS DeLUNA scored a 22-yard
touchdown on his first career reception. Senior JASON BRADER rushed 30
times for 107 yards and two touchdowns to go over 1,000 yards for the
second straight year. Grove City fullback R.J. Bowers, who entered the
game needing 275 yards to break the Division III single-season record,
tore ligaments in his left ankle on a third-quarter carry and finished
with 172 yards on 21 carries. Click here
for box score.
MEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 5, Ursinus 1. Muhlenberg
climbed back to the .500 mark with a 5-1 win at Ursinus. Senior HUGH
WATTERS and junior JOHAN HOHMAN had two goals and an assist apiece. Click here for box score.
WOMEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 6, Frostburg State 1.
Playing in its first postseason game ever, the Mules waltzed over
Frostburg State and into the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship title game.
Muhlenberg faces a rematch with Centennial Conference rival Franklin &
Marshall, a 3-0 winner over Penn State-Behrend. The Mules defeated the
Diplomats, 4-2, on Oct. 22. Freshman NANCY GROVE was involved in the first
three goals, scoring one and assisting on two, to set freshman records of
11 goals and 30 points this season. Sophomore JEN SANDS scored twice and
sophomore ALISSA DESIDERIO notched her first career goal for
for the Mules, who are averaging five goals a game in their current
seven-game winning streak. Click here for
Sunday, November 8
WOMEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Franklin & Marshall
0. Muhlenberg's two seniors, CELINA BOER and JACKIE VANDERSTREET, both
went out on top as Muhlenberg shut out Franklin & Marshall to win the
ECAC Championship. Boer scored the first two goals, giving her a
school-record 20 for the season, and Vanderstreet earned MVP honors with
a stellar effort in goal. The final score came on an own goal. The
win was the eighth in a row for the Mules, who outscored their opponents
38-5 during that stretch. The shutout was the school record-tying eighth
of the season. Click here for box score.