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1998 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of September 7 to September 13
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
The first men's soccer poll of the new season has Muhlenberg ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
1. Gettysburg (3-0) (3)
2. Bethany (3-0) (9)
3. Johns Hopkins (3-0) (17)
4. Eastern (1-0) (25)
6. Drew (3-0)
7. Messiah (1-2)
8. Elizabethtown (1-2)
9t. Lycoming (3-0)
9t. Wilkes (2-1)
11. Scranton (2-1)
National ranking is in parentheses following record.

Brad Kocher Sophomore back Brad Kocher of the men's soccer team was named Most Valuable Player of the Kwik Goal/T.G.I. Friday's Classic after leading the Mules to their fifth straight championship. Kocher spearheaded a defensive effort that allowed just one goal in the two matches and held the explosive Bethany squad in check. He also scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on a header against Bethany.

Muhlenberg volleyball coach Mike Krause earned his 100th career win on Friday, Sept. 11, when the Mules came from two games down to defeat Alvernia in the first round of the Buttermaker Tournament. After that match, Krause had a career record of 32-27 in two-plus years at Muhlenberg. His other wins came in previous stints at Kutztown and Lehigh.
Tuesday, September 8
VOLLEYBALL Moravian 3, Muhlenberg 0. Despite a record-setting performance by senior KIMBERLY MAURER, Muhlenberg was swept by a ranked Moravian team in the first Matte Award contest of the 1998-99 year. Maurer recorded 35 digs, shattering the previous mark of 22 for a three-game match and tying the high for any length match. The 35 digs were just 5 off the NCAA Division III record for digs in a three-game match. Maurer also helped the offense with 9 kills. Junior ALLISON VERDUIN had 10 kills and 14 digs, while freshman LAURA FUNSTEN set a career high with 14 digs. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, September 9
FIELD HOCKEY East Stroudsburg 2, Muhlenberg 1. Muhlenberg put on a furious second-half rally but could shave off only half of East Stroudsburg's two-goal lead. The Mules had a 14-5 edge in shots in the second half, finally scoring with 2:40 left when sophomore KELLY GOWER tipped in the ball after junior BECKY PIEROTTI rifled a shot from the edge of the circle. Click here for box score.

Thursday, September 10
WOMEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Wilkes 2. Senior CELINA BOER recorded her second career hat trick as the Mules held off a stubborn Wilkes team. Boer, who is now three away from the school record with 29 career goals, scored four minutes into the match, with 11 seconds left in the first half and an important insurance goal with 13:20 to play. Sophomore ALISSA DESIDERIO and junior LISA WOJTOWICZ both recorded their first career assists. Click here for box score.

Friday, September 11
MEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 6, SUNY-New Paltz 0. Senior HUGH WATTERS continued his scoring spree with a hat trick as Muhlenberg routed SUNY New Paltz in the first round of the Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday's Classic. Watters, who scored just one goal in his first three years, now has five goals in his last two games. His first score came on a breakaway, just 43 seconds after freshman CHRIS ROWLEY had opened the scoring with his first career goal, also on a breakaway. Rowley later added another goal and freshman ANDY BENNETT connected for the first time in his career to give Muhlenberg the tournament scoring record for a single game. In the other match, ninth-ranked Bethany scored twice in the second half to blank Scranton, 2-0. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Alvernia 2; Muhlenberg 3, Albright 0. Muhlenberg came back from a 2-0 deficit to record a dramatic win in the first round of the Buttermaker Tournament, then breezed to a sweep of Albright. The Mules looked out of it after losing Game 2 to Alvernia, 15-3, but recorded successive wins of 15-9, 15-11 and 15-13. For the second consecutive match, senior KIMBERLY MAURER set a school record for digs, this time with 36. Senior KRISTEN CONBOY had 10 kills, a career-high 20 digs and 4 blocks, and junior ALLISON VERDUIN added 16 kills and 19 digs. Freshman LAURA FUNSTEN recorded 16 digs, 6 kills and 4 service aces, all in the pivotal third game. In the Albright match, sophomore JENNIFER KAHN posted career-best numbers of 13 digs, 4 kills and 3 aces. Click here for box scores.

Saturday, September 12
CROSS COUNTRY Women finished 6th and men finished 21st at Lebanon Valley Invitational. Sophomore LAURA ROTH was a medalist for the second straight week, placing 11th out of 250 runners. The women matched their best finish ever at Lebanon Valley. Freshman WILL ELSON placed 29th for the men. Click here for complete results.
FIELD HOCKEY Johns Hopkins 2, Muhlenberg 1. Two first-half goals by Johns Hopkins spoiled the debut of Muhlenberg's AstroTurf field in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams. The Mules drew to within one goal when sophomore KRISTIN GEORGE knocked in a pass from junior KIM BRADY with six minutes left in the half, but could not score the tying goal despite outshooting the Blue Jays 8-1 in the second half. Click here for box score.
MEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Bethany (W.Va.) 1. Muhlenberg made three first-half goals stand up and won its fifth consecutive title at the Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday's Classic. Seniors KEVIN MASTROPOLE and DAVID VIVINO scored unassisted goals, Vivino's just 33 seconds before halftime, and sophomore BRAD KOCHER headed in a free kick from junior RON RUSSO. The win, the 400th in the 56-year history of the Muhlenberg men's soccer program, figures to boost the Mules into the national rankings, as Bethany entered the week ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic Region and ninth in Division III. Muhlenberg was fifth in the region. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Scranton 0; Muhlenberg 3, St. Joseph's 0. Muhlenberg won both matches to win the first Buttermaker Tournament. Juniors MILENA NEGRAO and ALLISON VERDUIN were named to the All-Tournament Team. Against Scranton, Negrao had a school record 40 assists and 12 digs in a 15-12, 15-12, 15-12 win that proved to be the decisive match in the tourney. Verduin had 12 kills and 18 digs in that match, while senior JEN MORGAN recorded 11 kills and senior KIMBERLY MAURER had 30 digs. The Mules wrapped up their 4-0 showing by defeating St. Joseph's (N.Y.), 15-9, 15-7, 15-5. Maurer paved the way with 6 kills and 13 digs, while Negrao added 22 assists and 4 service aces. Click here for box scores.

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Last updated September 12, 1998