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1999 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of October 18 to October 24
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Jen Sands Junior Jen Sands was named Centennial Conference women’s 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.

Mike Burke 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 “Team of the Week.”

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
MEN’S 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 results.

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 score.

Wednesday, October 20
WOMEN’S 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.
MEN’S 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.
MEN’S 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 results.
WOMEN’S 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.
MEN’S 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.

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Last updated October 23, 1999