News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
GROVE NAMED TOURNEY MVP
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
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
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.