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1998 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of September 21 to September 27
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
VOLLEYBALL RANKS AMONG NCAA LEADERS
Can you dig it? The Muhlenberg volleyball team can. Through matches of Sept. 14, the Mules ranked among the Division III leaders in digs, both as a team and individually. The team was 15th with an average of 21.00 digs per game, and senior Kimberly Maurer was fourth with her average of 5.48 digs per game.


BOTH SOCCER TEAMS RANKED IN REGION
While the Muhlenberg men's soccer team slipped to seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region rankings of Sept. 21, the Mule women earned their first ranking ever, coming in at No. 6. Last year, the top five teams from the region received bids to the NCAA Tournament.
Women's Poll
1. New Jersey (5-1-1) (5)
2. Richard Stockton (3-2) (11)
3. Gettysburg (5-2) (22)
4. Elizabethtown (4-4)
5. Haverford (4-2-1)
6. MUHLENBERG (4-2)
7. Messiah (5-2)
8. Salisbury State (6-2)
9. Johns Hopkins (3-2)
10. St. Mary's (3-1-1)
Men's Poll
1. Bethany (6-1) (6)
2t. Johns Hopkins (6-0) (12)
2t. Dickinson (5-1) (18)
4. Messiah (5-2)
5. Elizabethtown (4-3)
6. Gettysburg (6-1)
7. MUHLENBERG (3-3)
8. Drew (5-0-2)
9t. Lycoming (6-1)
9t. Eastern (4-2)
11. Scranton (4-3)
national ranking in parentheses following record


Monday, September 21
MEN'S SOCCER Moravian 2, Muhlenberg 1. Muhlenberg's rare slide continued as Moravian came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Mules for the first time since 1990. This is the first time since 1985 that Muhlenberg has lost three in a row. Junior RON RUSSO scored the Mules' goal. 'Berg had a 19-9 edge in shots and a 15-3 advantage in corner kicks. Click here for box score.
GOLF finished first at Gettysburg Fall Invitational. For the third time in their last five trips to Gettysburg, the Mules returned with the first-place trophy. Junior MATT SKILTON and sophomore STEVEN MOORE each shot a 74 to lead Muhlenberg to a one-stroke win over York. Western Maryland, ranked 18th in Division III, finished third, three strokes off the pace. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, September 23
WOMEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 4, Dickinson 2. Senior CELINA BOER's goal with 18:01 left not only broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Mules on the way to their first Centennial Conference win of the season, but it also gave her 75 career points, tying the school record set by Heather Lapp (1992-95). Sophomore JEN SANDS added an insurance goal less than two minutes later. Freshmen JENNIFER VROMAN and NANCY GROVE scored in the first half. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Dickinson 1. Muhlenberg defeated Dickinson for the second time this year to reach double digits in victories for the eighth straight season. Junior ALLISON VERDUIN had 7 kills in the first game and finished with a team-high 15 to go along with 11 digs. Senior KRISTEN CONBOY recorded 14 digs and 4 blocks, while senior KIMBERLY MAURER (18) and junior NICKI SAYRE (10) also reached double digits in digs. Click here for box score.

Thursday, September 24
FIELD HOCKEY Gettysburg 1, Muhlenberg 0. Muhlenberg put up a valiant effort against the fifth-ranked Bullets, who were coming off a 1-0 defeat of Messiah, the No. 1 team in Division III. Gettysburg scored off a penalty corner with 11:04 left in the first half. The Mules had several shots go just wide of the net in the second half. Click here for box score.
GOLF tied for eighth at Susquehanna Fall Classic. Muhlenberg tied for eighth among 18 teams at the Susquehanna Fall Classic. Millersville won the event.

Saturday, September 26
CROSS COUNTRY women went 3-0 at quadrangular meet, men went 0-3. The Muhlenberg women placed five runners in the top 11 to defeat Allentown (20-37), Lebanon Valley (19-44) and Swarthmore (27-28) in a quad meet at Cedar Crest. Sophomore LAURA ROTH was second overall in 20:32, and juniors CINDY BREDEFELD (fifth), ELISSA MURPHY (10th) and LAUREN WEISENBERGER (11th) and senior KATY duFOSSE (eighth) completed the winning combo. The men also had the second-place finisher, freshman WILL ELSON, but lost to Allentown (22-38), Lebanon Valley (20-40) and Swarthmore (22-37). Click here for complete results.
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 1, Western Maryland 0. The Mules outshot Western Maryland, 29-4, en route to their first Centennial Conference win of the season. After a scoreless first half, sophomore KELLY GOWER finally broke through with 23:20 to go in the second half, assisted by junior BECKY PIEROTTI, for her third goal of the season. Sophomore ALLISON NEET made two saves for the shutout. Click here for box score.
FOOTBALL Franklin & Marshall 31, Muhlenberg 28. Franklin & Marshall scored a touchdown with 41.7 seconds left for a dramatic win at Muhlenberg Stadium. This exciting game featured four lead-changing touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Sophomore MICHAEL McCABE threw his third touchdown of the game, a 7-yarder to junior KENYAMO McFARLANE, with 10:20 left to give the Mules a 21-17 lead. After the Dips scored to go up 24-21, the Mules were forced to punt after three plays on their next possession. But on the first play after the punt, F&M fumbled and junior JOE GMITTER rumbled 41 yards into the end zone to give Muhlenberg a 28-24 edge with 4:48 to play. After F&M's winning drive, the Mules were stopped on downs near midfield. Senior JASON BRADER finished with 107 yards rushing on 25 carries and caught a touchdown pass. Freshman linebacker JON-PAUL SKARPETOWSKI had a big game with two forced fumbles, while another freshman, LEROY JEFFERSON, tied a school record with four pass breakups. Click here for box score.
MEN'S SOCCER Gettysburg 3, Muhlenberg 0. Muhlenberg lost its fourth in a row and was shut out at home for the first time ever in a Centennial Conference game. Click here for box score.
WOMEN'S SOCCER Johns Hopkins 2, Muhlenberg 1 (OT). Johns Hopkins scored five minutes into the first overtime period to end a battle of two ranked Centennial Conference teams. Muhlenberg (sixth in the region) had taken a lead late in the first half on a goal by freshman JENNIFER VROMAN. Senior CELINA BOER assisted on the goal to become the Mules' all-time leading scorer with 76 career points. The Blue Jays (ninth in the region) tied the game early in the second half. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Bryn Mawr, 0; Western Maryland 3, Muhlenberg 1. Muhlenberg split a pair of Centennial Conference matches at Western Maryland. The Mules served up a sweep against Bryn Mawr, with junior ALLISON VERDUIN (six) and senior KRISTEN CONBOY (five) combining for 11 of 'Berg's 12 aces. What the Mawrters could return, senior MEREDITH COLE took care of, recording eight kills with no hitting errors. Against Western Maryland, senior KIMBERLY MAURER had 28 digs to give her 339 for the season, just four away from the school record. Verduin added 17 digs and 14 kills. Click here for box scores.


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Last updated September 26, 1998