News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
VERDUIN NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Allison Verduin of the Muhlenberg volleyball team has been named
co-player of the week by the Centennial Conference after averaging 5.63
kills and 4.15 digs per game to lead the Mules to a second-place finish
at the Oneonta State Tournament. Verduin, a 5-11 outside hitter, tied her
own school record with 21 kills against the host school and had 20 kills
with only one error against Alfred. She ended the tournament needing 12
kills to break the schools career record of 1,146 and 25 digs to
become the second player in school history with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
McCABE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME
For the second time this season, Muhlenberg quarterback Michael McCabe
has been named offensive player of the week by the Centennial Conference
and the ECAC. Against Swarthmore, the junior southpaw became the first
player in CC history to record two 400-yard games, completing 17 of 21
passes for 413 yards and 3 touchdowns. His averages of 19.7 yards per
attempt and 24.3 yards per completion set school records, while his 18.5
yards per play set a CC single-game mark. McCabe leads the league in
passing yardage (295.2 per game) and touchdowns (14).
Tuesday, October 12
MENS GOLF finished seventh at Blue Jay
Classic. The Mules struggled to place seventh at Elizabethtown for
their lowest finish of the fall season, although three of the teams that
finished ahead of them are Division II. Junior Steven Moore led the
Muhlenberg contingent with a 77. Click here for complete
Wednesday, October 13
WOMENS SOCCER Muhlenberg 7, Dickinson 0.
Junior Jen Sands and sophomore Nancy Grove combined for five goals and
four assists as Muhlenberg blanked Dickinson. Sands got the hat
trick (the second of her career) late in the second half when she gave
the Mules a 6-0 lead. She also had two assists to tie the school record
of 8 points in a game. Grove either scored or assisted on each of the
first four Muhlenberg goals. Freshman goalies Kim Laurino and Denae Bordeaux
combined for the Mules' fifth shutout of the season. The win was their
fourth in six conference games and the seven-goal margin of victory was
their largest of the season. Click here
for box score.
MENS SOCCER Messiah 1, Muhlenberg 0.
Messiah, ranked 14th in Division III, dominated the second half in this
annual battle of Mid-Atlantic Region powers. Only a fine effort by senior
Travis Wood, who made 7 saves, kept the Falcons off the scoreboard until
the final 10 minutes. The Mules, ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region,
had their five-game unbeaten streak snapped. Click here for box score.
Thursday, October 14
FIELD HOCKEY Haverford 3, Muhlenberg 2. Playing
for the first time in 9 days, the Mules rallied from a 2-0 deficit to
send the game into overtime, only to lose their second straight.
Muhlenberg knotted the score on second-half goals by senior Kim Brady and
sophomore Amy Yalch, the latter with 5:42 remaining. The game was the
10th out of 12 this year for the Mules to be decided by one goal and the
fifth overtime contest. Click here for box
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Misericordia 0;
Muhlenberg 3, Baptist Bible 0. Senior Allison Verduin had a milestone
night as Muhlenberg swept a pair of matches at Baptist Bible. She had 17
kills against Misericordia to become the Mules' all-time kills leader
with 1,151 five more than the record set by Lauren Buyyounouski
(1994-97). In the Baptist Bible match, Verduin added to her record total
with 19 kills and also recorded her 1,000th career dig. She is only the
second player in school history with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
Sophomore Laura Funsten also had a record night, totalling 55 assists in
the two matches to set a new season record with 680 assists.
Click here for box scores.
Saturday, October 16
* Homecoming *
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 1, Montclair State 0.
Junior Kelly Gower scored just 40 seconds into the game, and that goal
stood up as Muhlenberg played another thriller. Freshman Josephine
Fasolino made 15 saves to get the shutout and was particularly impressive
in the second half, when she fended off 10 penalty corners. Junior Carole
Caine had a defensive save late in the game to preserve the lead. All but
two of the Mules' 13 games have been decided by one goal. Click here for box score.
FOOTBALL Muhlenberg 42, Johns Hopkins 18.
Junior Michael McCabe threw for 346 yards and sophomore Joshua Carter had
a magnificent all-purpose game to lead the Mules to their first win
against Johns Hopkins in 6 years. McCabe's fifth career 300-yard game
included three touchdowns. Carter scored the Mules' first points on a
19-yard run, returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown midway through the
third quarter and had a touchdown reception called back by penalty. He
finished with 213 all-purpose yards, and he is the first Muhlenberg
player since 1975 to return a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown in the
same season. Senior Kenyamo McFarlane caught 7 passes for 129 yards and
snared his 20th career touchdown pass. Freshman Anthony Wolfsohn scored
two TDs. Junior Mike Burke led the defense with 9 tackles and also picked
off a pass. The Mules held the Blue Jays' nationally ranked rushing
attack to 152 yards, although the did give up their first rushing
touchdowns of the season. Click here for
WOMENS SOCCER Muhlenberg 1, Johns Hopkins
0. Junior Jen Sands headed in a cross from classmate Alissa Desiderio
with just 11:51 left in regulation as Muhlenberg scored a milestone
victory against 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins. It was the Mules' first win
ever against a nationally ranked team. Freshman Kim Laurino stopped 9
shots to earn the shutout. Click here
for box score.
MENS SOCCER Muhlenberg 2, Washington 1.
Sophomore Chris Rowley's first goal of the season, with only 1:54 remaining,
gave the Mules a come-from-behind win. Washington, which has yet to beat
Muhlenberg in 13 all-time meetings, scored 5 minutes into the match. That
goal held up until freshman Tom Hartey slammed one home midway through
the second half. The victory wasn't clinched until the final seconds,
when sophomore Robert Pomento saved a direct kick from just outside the
penalty box. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Gettysburg 3, Muhlenberg 0;
Muhlenberg 3, Washington 0. The Mules split in a tri-match at Gettysburg,
falling to the hosts, who are ranked third in the region. Senior Allison
Verduin led Muhlenberg with totals of 22 kills and 25 digs. Junior
Jennifer Kahn had 11 digs against Gettysburg, and freshman Abbey
Wascovich tied a career high with 6 blocks against Washington. Click here for box scores.
Sunday, October 17
CROSS COUNTRY women finished 12th and men 20th at
Allentown Invitational. Freshman Brendan Gallagher had a milestone day
to highlight Muhlenberg's performance at the Allentown Invitational.
Gallagher finished seventh (out of 208 runners), the first top-10 finish
by a Mule runner at a large invitational since 1973, and his time of
26:59.08 is believed to be the best ever by a Muhlenberg freshman. The
women's team came in 12th (seventh among Division III schools) for a
four-place improvement over last year's showing. Sophomore Marah Ritchey
(21st) and junior Laura Roth (26th) led the way. Click here for complete results.