News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
SANDS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Jen Sands was named Centennial Conference womens soccer
player of the week after scoring 10 points in two games and leading
Muhlenberg to a pair of wins. She tied a school record with 8 points on
3 goals and 2 assists against Dickinson, then headed in the lone goal in
the Mules 1-0 defeat of 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins. Sands, who also
was ECAC Division III player of the week, is tied for second in the CC
with 17 points in league games.
BURKE NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Mike Burke of the Muhlenberg football team has been named
defensive player of the week by the Centennial Conference for his efforts
in the Mules 42-18 Homecoming defeat of Johns Hopkins. Burke had a
team-high 11 tackles, 2 pass breakups and a tackle for loss, and set up a
third-quarter touchdown with his team-leading third interception of the
season. He leads the Mules with 45 tackles through 6 games. Burke also
was named to the D3Football.com
Team of the Week.
MULES RANK AMONG STATISTICAL LEADERS
The high-powered offense of the Muhlenberg football
team shows up seven times among the Division III statistical leaders
through games of Oct. 16. The Mules are 10th in passing offense (311.8
yards per game) and tied for 26th in scoring offense (34.2 points per
game). Sophomore wide receiver Joshua Carter is third in kickoff returns
(34.6 yards per return), tied for 11th in all-purpose yardage (194.0
yards per game) and 30th in punt returns (11.2 yards per return). Junior
quarterback Michael McCabe ranks seventh in passing efficiency (170.6
rating) and 12th in total offense (303.0 yards per game).
Monday, October 18
MENS GOLF finished fourth at Muhlenberg
Tournament. Windy conditions at Lehigh Country Club made for difficult
play as the Mules' two teams placed fourth and seventh out of 15 teams.
Senior Matt Deibert was one of eight players to break 80, and freshman
Andrew Wright came in at 80. Click here for complete
Tuesday, October 19
FIELD HOCKEY Franklin & Marshall 3, Muhlenberg 0.
Three second-half goals added up to a disappointing loss for the Mules in
a physical game at F&M. Click here for box
Wednesday, October 20
WOMENS SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Swarthmore 0.
The back three of seniors Allison Fish and Karen Konopelski and sophomore
Jennie Vroman played their usual solid game to lead the Mules to their
fourth straight Centennial Conference shutout. The win gave Muhlenberg
double figures in wins for the third consecutive season. Junior Jen Sands
and sophomore Nancy Grove each scored a goal early in the first half. Click here for box score.
MENS SOCCER at Rowan, rained out
VOLLEYBALL Haverford 3, Muhlenberg 0. A valiant
comeback effort fell short in Muhlenberg's final home match of the
season. After trailing in the third game, 11-3, the Mules scored 7
straight points to cut the gap to one, but Haverford pulled away. Senior
Allison Verduin had a double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs, and senior
Milena Negrao added 11 digs. Click here
for box score.
Thursday, October 21
FIELD HOCKEY Susquehanna 2, Muhlenberg 1. Of the
three goals in this game, one was scored by a player named Reigle and the
other two were assisted by players named Hughes; however, ninth-ranked
Susquehanna won the battle of similar names. Senior Beth Hughes assisted
junior Carole Caine for a goal that tied the score 15 minutes into the
game, but her sister Ali set up the game-winning goal late in the half.
Freshman Josephine Fasolino kept the game close by making 15 saves. Click here for box score.
Friday, October 22
VOLLEYBALL Clarke 3, Muhlenberg 1; Chicago 3,
Muhlenberg 1. The Mules dropped their first two matches at the University
of Chicago's Maroon Invitational. Sophomore Laura Funsten
recorded her 1,000th career assist against the host school. Click here for box scores.
Saturday, October 23
CROSS COUNTRY women finished 19th and men 26th at
Gettysburg Invitational. This meet featured many Division I and
Division II teams. Among Division III squads, the Mule women were eighth
out of 15 and the men 13th out of 15. Junior Laura Roth came in 30th for
the women (ninth among Division III runners) and freshman Brendan
Gallagher paced the men for the second straight week, placing 44th. Click here for complete results.
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 2, Dickinson 0. In the
last home game of her career, senior Becky Pierotti scored the first goal
of the game midway through the first half. As it turned out, that goal
would be the game-winner because the Muhlenberg defense held Dickinson
scoreless. Junior Kristin George, on an assist from sophomore Amy Yalch,
tacked on the other goal just 8.2 seconds before halftime. Click here for box score.
FOOTBALL Gettysburg 42, Muhlenberg 28.
Fullback Paul Smith rushed for a Centennial Conference-record
390 yards, scored all 6 Gettysburg touchdowns and set an NCAA
all-divisions record with 527 all-purpose yards as the Mules had
their five-game road winning streak snapped. Muhlenberg, down 14-0,
scored on its first second-half possession, as junior Michael McCabe found
Kenyamo McFarlane for a 34-yard touchdown. The Mules eventually tied the
game at 21 on a 3-yard scoring run by freshman Anthony Wolfsohn and
McCabe's 20-yard pass to senior Chuck Draper with 8:26 left in the fourth
quarter. The tie was short lived, as Smith caught a 80-yard touchdown
pass on the first play of the ensuing drive. With the two touchdown
passes, McCabe tied the school record of 19 touchdown passes in a
season. Wolfsohn rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 21 carries.
McFarlane tied a school record with his 10th touchdown catch of the year.
Click here for box score.
MENS GOLF finished sixth at Top-Flite
Ocean City Collegiate Golf Classic. Against a tough field, the Mules
placed sixth out of 14 teams in this two-round tournament. The five
schools that finished ahead of Muhlenberg included a Division I team
(Delaware), a Division II team (Binghamton) and a nationally ranked
Division III team (Rochester). Senior Matt Skilton was one of 11 golfers
to shoot in the 70s in both rounds and tied for 11th with a 155. Click here for complete
WOMENS SOCCER Muhlenberg 1, Franklin &
Marshall 0. Junior Alissa Desiderio scored the only goal of the day early
in the second half to give Muhlenberg a 1-0 win in a rematch of the 1998
ECAC Tournament championship game. Freshman Kim Laurino made 4 saves in goal
as the Mules recorded their fifth consecutive shutout win in conference
play and set a school record with their seventh conference win of the season.
Click here for box score.
MENS SOCCER Muhlenberg 5, Western Maryland
1. Freshman Ben Long scored two second-half goals as Muhlenberg rolled to
its fourth straight Centennial Conference win and its 14th
straight win against Western Maryland. Freshman Tom Hartey, senior Johan
Hohman and junior Brad Kocher all scored goals during a four-minute
stretch of the first half. It was Hohman's 25th career goal. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Fontbonne 3, Muhlenberg 0; Fontbonne
3, Muhlenberg 0; Muhlenberg 3, Chicago 2. Muhlenberg won its final match
to salvage a third-place finish at the University of Chicago's Maroon
Invitational. In that final match against Chicago, freshman Dana
Ferrelli and junior Jennifer Kahn set career highs with 20 and 15 digs,
respectively, and sophomore Laura Funsten had career highs of 21
digs and 5 aces to go along with 44 assists. Senior Allison Verduin led
the Mules with 81 kills during the tournament, while
freshman Meaghan Billie added 44. Click
here for box scores.