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1998 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of September 14 to September 20
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
MEN'S SOCCER RANKED 13th IN COUNTRY
Muhlenberg men's soccer is ranked 13th in Division III in the NSCAA poll for the week of Sept. 14. The Mules were ranked 13th at the end of 1997 and in the 1998 preseason poll, then dropped out of the top 25 for a week.
National Rankings
1. Wheaton (Ill.) (5-0)
2. Greensboro (N.C.) (4-0)
3. Gettysburg (Pa.) (5-0)
4. Macalester (Minn.) (3-0)
5t. Amherst (Mass.) (1-0)
5t. Fredonia (N.Y.) (5-0)
7. Monclair (N.J.) State (4-0)
8. Alma (Mich.) (3-0)
9. Roanoke (Va.) (4-0)
10. Wheaton (Mass.) (3-0)
11. UC San Diego (1-0)
12. Rowan (N.J.) (3-1)
13. MUHLENBERG (3-1)
14. Ohio Wesleyan (3-1)
15. Centre (Ky.) (3-0)

Regional Rankings
1. Gettysburg (5-0)
2. MUHLENBERG (3-1)
3. Johns Hopkins (5-0)
4. Drew (5-0)
5. Bethany (4-1)
6. Messiah (3-2)
7t. Elizabethtown (2-3)
7t. Dickinson (3-1)
9. Scranton (3-2)
10t. Eastern (2-2)
10t. Beaver (4-0)


BOER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Celina Boer For the second time in her career, senior Celina Boer has been named Centennial Conference women's soccer player of the week. Boer leads the CC with five goals and 11 points through four games. Three of the goals came against Wilkes for her second career hat trick.
FOOTBALL RANKS AMONG NCAA LEADERS
After one game, Muhlenberg shows up three times among the Division III football statistical leaders. The team is 20th with a pass-efficiency defense rating of 59.39, sophomore free safety Mike Burke is tied for first in interceptions per game (2.0) and junior wide receiver Chuck Draper is tied for 11th in receptions per game (8.0).
Monday, September 14
WOMEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 2, Moravian 1. The first career goal for freshman JENNIFER EHRET was the game-winner as Muhlenberg edged Moravian to tie the Matte Award standings at 1-1. After an early Greyhound goal, senior CELINA BOER scored her 30th career goal off a corner kick from sophomore ALISSA DESIDERIO. With 27 minutes left to play in the second half, Ehret pounced on a free kick by sophomore JEN SANDS that went through the hands of the Moravian goalie. Freshman LAUREN RICE had 4 saves in her first career start in goal. With a 4-1 record, the Mules are off to their best start ever. Click here for box score.

Tuesday, September 15
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 3, Delaware Valley 0. Junior BECKY PIEROTTI scored two goals to lead Muhlenberg to its most comfortable win of the season and its first win on the new AstroTurf field. Both goals came off penalty corners, the first assisted by sophomore CAROLE CAINE and the second by junior KIM BRADY. A pair of freshmen teamed up for the final goal, SARAH STITZER passing to AMY YALCH. Sophomore ALLISON NEET made six saves for her second shutout of the season. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Marywood 0. Muhlenberg got off to a fast start against Marywood and was never threatened in extending its win streaks to five matches and 15 games. Junior ALLISON VERDUIN recorded 7 kills and 4 aces in the first game alone, a 15-3 Mule win, and finished with 12 kills. Senior KRISTEN CONBOY had 8 kills and only one error in 12 attempts and added 3 blocks. Senior KIMBERLY MAURER (13 digs) and junior MILENA NEGRAO (27 assists) also contributed to the win. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, September 16
MEN'S SOCCER Elizabethtown 2, Muhlenberg 1. Elizabethtown, ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region, scored off a corner kick with 4:09 left in the first overtime to defeat Muhlenberg, ranked second in the region and 13th in Division III. The Mules took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half on a header by junior RON RUSSO, his first goal of the year, but the Bluee Jays tied the score midway through the second half. Junior TRAVIS WOOD made 8 saves in goal. Click here for box score.

Thursday, September 17
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Delaware Valley 2. Muhlenberg had to work hard to get its sixth straight win, coming from behind to win in five games. Senior KIMBERLY MAURER recorded a career-high 15 kills to go along with 27 digs, while junior ALLISON VERDUIN had 16 kills, 21 digs and 4 blocks. Junior MILENA NEGRAO was credited with 52 assists. Click here for box score.

Saturday, September19
CROSS COUNTRY women finished second and men fifth at Mule Invitational. Sophomore LAURA ROTH was the individual champion at the Mule Invitational, covering the 5-kilometer course in 20:32 to out-distance the second-place runner by 18 seconds. Junior CINDY BREDEFELD (fourth), senior KATY duFOSSE (7th) and junior ELISSA MURPHY (10th) also placed in the top 10, but the Mules lost their 1997 team title to Bryn Mawr by four points. The men, fifth out of six teams, were again paced by freshman WILL ELSON, who was 13th. Click here for complete results.
FIELD HOCKEY Washington (Md.) 4, Muhlenberg 0. Defending Centennial Conference co-champion Washington dealt the Mules their worst loss of the season. Sophomore goalie ALLISON NEET was under fire the whole game and made 12 saves. Click here for box score.
FOOTBALL Dickinson 21, Muhlenberg 10. Dickinson, usually a run-oriented team, surprised Muhlenberg with an aerial attack to defeat the Mules for the 11th straight time. The Red Devils threw for 268 yards, and all four of their scores were either achieved or set up by pass plays. For the Mules, senior JASON BRADER rushed for 129 yards on 29 carries and a 3-yard touchdown that brought 'Berg to within 15-10 early in the second half. Senior JASON HARTMAN accounted for the remaining points with a 22-yard field goal. Sophomore MWAURA MUROKI (10 tackles), senior SETH MYERS (8), junior JOE GMITTER (8) and sophomore DAVID JONES (7) led a solid defensive effort against the run. Sophomore JAMES BARSKI unloaded a 70-yard punt, the Mules' longest in six years. Click here for box score.
MEN'S SOCCER Dickinson 2, Muhlenberg 1 (OT). For the second straight game, Muhlenberg took a 1-0 lead into halftime against a team tied for seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region rankings, only to surrender a tying goal in the second half and a game-winner in overtime. The loss snapped winning streaks of 12 games against Dickinson and 19 home games in Centennial Conference play. Sophomore BENJAMIN HOFFMAN's blast from 25 yards out gave the Mules their goal. Click here for box score.
WOMEN'S SOCCER Gettysburg 2, Muhlenberg 1. Muhlenberg got the jump on Gettysburg, the 24th-ranked team in Division III, when freshman JENNIFER VROMAN scored her first career goal midway through the first half, but the Bullets scored twice in the second half to dash hopes of an upset. The Mules had a chance to tie with 16 minutes left, but the Gettysburg goalie deflected a perfect shot off the crossbar. Freshman LAUREN RICE made 10 saves in her second career start. Click here for box score.
MEN'S TENNIS Millersville 7, Muhlenberg 0. Muhlenberg was blanked by the Division II Crusaders in its first action of the fall season. Click here for complete results.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Alvernia 1; Richard Stockton 3, Muhlenberg 2; Delaware Valley 3, Muhlenberg 2. Muhlenberg volleyball '98 is definitely not for the faint of heart. In their matches at the Osprey Classic, the Mules came from behind to defeat Alvernia; came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie host Richard Stockton before losing the fifth game 17-15; and lost games by scores of 18-16 and 16-14 in dropping a five-game match to Delaware Valley. Senior KIMBERLY MAURER recorded 60 digs in the three matches to become the second player in school history with 1,000 career digs. Senior SUSIE HEYEL had an outstanding tournament, totalling 56 digs. Junior ALLISON VERDUIN led the attack with 48 kills, including a school-record 21 against Alvernia, and junior MILENA NEGRAO had 134 assists to move into second place on Muhlenberg's all-time list. She was named to her second consecutive All-Tournament Team. 'Berg tied the school record it had set the previous weekend by acing 14 serves against Richard Stockton.Click here for box scores.


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Last updated September 19, 1998