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1998 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of August 31 to September 6
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Nancy Grove Freshman forward Nancy Grove of the women's soccer team was named Most Valuable Player of the first Mule Invitational. On the second day of action, she scored her first career goal late in the first half to give Muhlenberg a 1-0 lead against Cortland State. Although Cortland came back to win, 2-1, Grove played the entire double-overtime game and consistently used her quickness to create scoring chances. After three games, she is tied for the team lead with four points.

Tuesday, September 1
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Cedar Crest 0. The volleyball team got the 1998-99 school year off on a winning note by sweeping Cedar Crest in three games. Senior KIMBERLY MAURER recorded a career-high 9 kills, including 6 in the first game, while junior ALLISON VERDUIN had 7 kills and 9 digs. Junior MILENA NEGRAO recorded 21 assists. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, September 2
WOMEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 2, Misericordia 0. The women's soccer team started the 1998 season where it left off in 1997, blanking Misericordia. The Mules extended their school-record winning streak to eight games. Senior CELINA BOER scored in the first half, and freshman TERESA LUNARDI, playing in her first career game, added an insurance tally in the second half. Freshman NANCY GROVE assisted on both goals. Senior JACKIE VANDERSTREET had to make only two saves in recording her 16th career shutout.Click here for box score.

Thursday, September 3
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 1, William Paterson 0. Sophomore KELLY GOWER scored her first career goal off a penalty corner nine minutes into the second half to give the Mules the season-opening win. Sophomore CAROLE CAINE, who assisted on the goal, also made two defensive saves to preserve the shutout. Click here for box score.

Friday, September 4
MEN'S SOCCER Washington (Mo.) 1, Muhlenberg 0. A goal late in the first half enabled Washington to spoil the Mules' season opener in the first round of the Bob Baptista Invitational. Muhlenberg will play Cal Lutheran, a 5-1 loser to defending national champion Wheaton (Ill.), in the consolation game.Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Gallaudet 3, Muhlenberg 1; Messiah 3, Muhlenberg 2. Muhlenberg dropped a pair of tough matches in pool play of the Messiah College Falcon Classic. The Mules will play Dickinson in the fifth-place match. In the Gallaudet match, senior MEREDITH COLE had 11 kills and senior KIMBERLY MAURER recorded 20 digs. Against Messiah, junior ALLISON VERDUIN had 13 kills and Cole led the defense with 6 blocks. Junior MILENA NEGRAO totalled 55 assists in the two matches. Click here for box score.

Saturday, September 5
CROSS COUNTRY Men finished eighth, women second at Garrett Mountain Invitational. The Mules had three medalists in their first meet of the season. The women, who finished second to a strong Southern Connecticut team, had two of them, sophomore LAURA ROTH (fourth) and junior ELISSA MURPHY (seventh). Freshman WILL ELSON made quite a splash for the men's team, placing ninth. Click here for complete results.
FIELD HOCKEY York 3, Muhlenberg 1. Muhlenberg dropped its first game of the year at York. Junior BECKY PIEROTTI converted a pass from classmate KIM BRADY midway through the first half to tie the score, but the Spartans scored twice in the second half. Click here for box score.
FOOTBALL Hartwick 21, Muhlenberg 0. Muhlenberg played outstanding defense in the first half, holding Hartwick to 54 total yards, but the Hawks scored three long touchdowns in the second half to spoil the first game at the new AstroTurf stadium. Sophomore MICHAEL McCABE, making his first career start at quarterback, passed for 202 yards but was intercepted three times. Junior CHUCK DRAPER caught 8 passes for a career-high 90 yards. Sophomore free safety MIKE BURKE became the first Mule player in three years to intercept two passes in a game, and junior JOE GMITTER made 10 tackles. Click here for box score.
MEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Cal Lutheran 1. Senior HUGH WATTERS, who had scored only one goal in his entire career, found the back of the net twice in a three-minute span to lead Muhlenberg to a come-from-behind win in the consolation game of the Bob Baptista Invitational in Chicago. Watters converted two crosses from senior DAVID VIVINO in the second half and freshman PETER TOPPING scored his first career goal off a feed from sophomore BENJAMIN HOFFMAN for some insurance. Cal Lutheran entered the match ranked seventh in Division III and Muhlenberg 13th. Click here for box score.
WOMEN'S SOCCER Muhlenberg 2, Washington & Jefferson 0. Unassisted first-half goals by senior CELINA BOER and sophomore JEN SANDS lifted the women's soccer team to its second straight shutout win in the first round of the first Mule Invitational. Boer's goal came barely more than two minutes into the match. Senior JACKIE VANDERSTREET played the first half to tie the school record for career shutouts with 16.5. In the other first-round game, Scranton scored late for a 1-0 defeat of Cortland State.Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Dickinson 1. Muhlenberg salvaged its final match at the Messiah College Falcon Classic. Junior ALLISON VERDUIN led the way with 17 kills and 8 digs, while senior MEREDITH COLEhad 9 kills and 5 solo blocks. Freshman LAURA FUNSTEN had the finest match of her young career, recording 8 digs.Click here for box score.

Sunday, September 6
WOMEN'S SOCCER Cortland State 2, Muhlenberg 1 (2OT). Cortland scored with just 2:57 remaining in double overtime in the second round of the Mule Invitational. The loss snapped a school-record nine-game winning streak for the Mules. Freshman NANCY GROVE, whose first career goal late in the first half gave Muhlenberg a 1-0 lead, was named tournament most valuable player. Senior CELINA BOER assisted on the goal, giving her a school record 13 career assists. In the first game of the day, Scranton defeated Washington & Jefferson, 9-0, to win the tournament championship.Click here for box score.

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Last updated September 6, 1998