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1999 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of October 4 to October 10
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Senior Michael Hamelton of the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team has beenMichael Hamelton named player of the week by the Centennial Conference. Hamelton, a four-year starter at fullback, couldn’t have picked much better opportunities to score his first two career goals. His first came in the 89th minute against Haverford, tying the game at 1-1, and his second came in the 79th minute of the Johns Hopkins match, knotting the score at 2-2. The Mules went on to win both matches (against regionally ranked teams) for their first two CC wins of the season. Muhlenberg, now ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is 3-1-1 against teams ranked in the Division III top 30.

Tuesday, October 5
FIELD HOCKEY Swarthmore 2, Muhlenberg 1. The Mules had their three-game winning streak snapped in heartbreaking fashion as Swarthmore posted a win on penalty strokes. Muhlenberg had taken a 1-0 lead in the first half on sophomore Sarah Stitzer's first goal of the season. Junior Kerry Lambert received credit for an assist for the fourth straight games. Swarthmore tied it late in the first half, and the two teams played a scoreless second half and two overtimes before going to strokes. Junior Carole Caine was the only stroker to convert for the Mules. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S SOCCER Messiah 4, Muhlenberg 0. Regionally ranked Messiah scored twice in each half to hand Muhlenberg its worst loss in two years. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, October 6
MEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Centenary 1. Freshman Nate Richards scored a goal just 14 seconds into the match, paving the way for Muhlenberg's most comfortable win of the season. Fellow freshmen Ben Long and Kevin Disch scored within two minutes of each other late in the first half, the latter getting his first career goal. The Mules, ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, have a five-game unbeaten streak heading into their next game, against No. 18 Messiah, third in the region. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Franklin & Marshall 3, Muhlenberg 1. The Mules won Game 1 from the Diplomats, who are undefeated in Centennial Conference play and ranked sixth in the region, but then dropped the next three. Senior Allison Verduin, honored before for the match for her 1,000th career kill, added 11 to her total and also came up with 14 digs. Sophomore Laura Funsten had 18 assists and 11 digs. Click here for box score.

Thursday, October 7
WOMEN’S TENNIS Moravian 6, Muhlenberg 3. Junior Kerri Waldowski was a double winner at first singles and first doubles in Muhlenberg's loss to undefeated Moravian, which plays its regular season in the fall. The Mules play their traditional season in the spring. The victory gave the Greyhounds a 3-2 edge in the Matte Award standings. Click here for box score.

Friday, October 8
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Buffalo State 0; Muhlenberg 3, Alfred 1. The Mules won their first two matches at the Oneonta State Tournament. Senior Allison Verduin had 21 kills (to go along with 13 digs and 3 blocks) against Buffalo State to set the school record for kills in a season. Sophomore Laura Funsten recorded 30 assists and 14 digs in the Alfred match. Click here for box scores.

Saturday, October 9
CROSS COUNTRY women finished 16th and men 18th at Dickinson Invitational. Junior Marah Ritchey was the first Muhlenberg runner across the finish line for the first time in her career in the large Dickinson Invitational. Ritchey came in 26th out of 237 runners, clocking in at just a shade over 20 minutes. Sophomore Will Elson continued to be the pace-setter for the men's team, coming in 16th out of 215 runners. Click here for complete results.
FOOTBALL Muhlenberg 35, Swarthmore 0. Junior Michael McCabe backed a solid defensive effort with the second-best passing day in school history as Muhlenberg blanked Swarthmore for its school record-tying fifth straight road win. The Mule defense allowed only 173 total yards in pitching its first shutout since 1987 vs. Western Maryland, its first on the road since 1986 vs. Johns Hopkins and its biggest since 1984 vs. Lebanon Valley (52-0). McCabe completed 17 of 21 passes for 413 yards and 3 touchdowns. The 413 yards were second to the 471 he put up against Dickinson three weeks ago, and the completion percentage of 81.0 was second to Bill Bell's 84.6 in a 1947 game against Bucknell. McCabe's 19.7 yards per attempt and 24.3 yards per completion set school records. Senior Kenyamo McFarlane caught 5 passes for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns (one on the second play of the game), becoming the fourth receiver in school history to total 2,000 career receiving yards. He also contributed to the shutout by blocking a field-goal attempt. Senior Chuck Draper passed the 1,000-yard mark, and sophomore Joshua Carter scored a touchdown for the seventh straight game. Freshman Anthony Wolfsohn scored a pair of TDs on short runs. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Oneonta State 1; Muhlenberg 3, King's 2; C.W. Post 3, Muhlenberg 0. Muhlenberg reached the championship match of the Oneonta State Tournament before losing to Division II C.W. Post. Senior Allison Verduin was named to the all-tournament team after totalling 107 kills in the five matches, including 29 against King's and a school record-tying 21 against Oneonta State. She also had 27 digs against the host school. Freshman Dana Ferrelli had a career-high 12 kills in the Oneonta match. The Mules won their pool by defeating King's as freshman Jennifer Leigh recorded 16 digs, freshman Elisabeth Leone 9 kills and freshman Abbey Wascovich a career-high 5 blocks. Click here for box scores.

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Last updated October 9, 1999