News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
HAMELTON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Michael Hamelton of the Muhlenberg mens soccer
team has been named player of the week by the Centennial
Conference. Hamelton, a four-year starter at fullback, couldnt 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.
WOMENS 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
MENS 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
WOMENS 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
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