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1999 Fall/Winter Sports Update

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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team did things the hard way to win its second consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Mid-Atlantic Championship. The Mules, who defeated Misericordia, 5-1, in Kim Laurino the first round and Wilkes, 1-0, in the semifinals, needed penalty kicks against Johns Hopkins in the title game after a 1-1, four-overtime tie. The only other Muhlenberg team to win back-to-back ECAC crowns was men’s soccer, which did it in 1974 and 1975. For the second straight year, the tournament MVP was the Mules’ goalie, this time freshman Kim Laurino (left). She made 16 saves while allowing only one goal in the semifinal and final, finishing the season with a school-record goals-against average of 0.71. The complete tournament results are as follows:

1999 ECAC Mid-Atlantic Women’s Soccer Championship
Wednesday, November 3
(3) Muhlenberg 5, (6) Misericordia 1
(4) Penn State-Behrend 2, (5) Villa Julie 1 (2OT)
Saturday, November 6 (at Wilkes)
(1) Johns Hopkins 3, Penn State-Behrend 0
Muhlenberg 1, (2) Wilkes 0
Sunday, November 7 (at Wilkes)
Muhlenberg 1, Johns Hopkins 1
Muhlenberg wins on penalty kicks, 3-2

JonesMuhlenberg freshman quarterback Justin Jones has been named ECAC South rookie of the week after throwing for 290 yards in a relief effort against Ursinus. After a slow start, Jones completed 17 of 24 passes in one stretch, including two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Mules’ comeback bid. The 290 yards were the most ever by a Muhlenberg freshman. Jones is the second player on the team to win rookie of the week honors this season.

Wednesday, November 3
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 5, Misericordia 1. Junior Alissa Desiderio recorded her first career hat trick as Muhlenberg pulled away in the second half to advance to the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament. The Mules dominated the first half but couldn't finish any of their chances until Desiderio converted a cross from sophomore Jennifer Ehret with 3:15 left in the half. The lead was very short-lived, however, as the Cougars tied the score just 34 seconds later on a direct kick. Desiderio scored two goals in the first 5:26 of the second half to complete the ninth hat trick in team history and enable Muhlenberg to take control of the game. Sophomore Nancy Grove and freshman Jamie Gluck, who played an outstanding game, assisted on the two goals. Grove scored herself to make it 4-1, and junior Melissa Terroni closed out the scoring with her first career goal. Click here for box score.

Saturday, November 6
FOOTBALL Grove City 31, Muhlenberg 24 (OT). R.J. Bowers capped a record-setting day by rushing 13 yards for a touchdown in the first overtime as Grove City gained revenge for Muhlenberg's overtime win of last year. Bowers had 169 yards on 46 carries to become the first player in Division III history with back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons. The Mules, who lost their third straight, drove to the 6-yard line on their overtime possession, but a fourth-down pass was batted away. Muhlenberg had three record-setters of its own: Sophomore Joshua Carter returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, tying school marks for touchdowns on kickoff returns in a season and career (2). He also had 189 all-purpose yeards, setting a new school standard of 1,775 in a season. Junior Michael McCabe threw his school-record 20th and 21st touchdowns of the season. Sophomore free safety Erik Hammar set a school record by making 27 tackles. Freshman Chris Reed tied the game at 24 by kicking a 27-yard field goal with 10:20 remaining. The Wolverines missed a 48-yard try as time ran out in regulation. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 1, Wilkes 0. Junior Alissa Desiderio scored her fourth postseason goal 10 minutes into the second half to propel Muhlenberg to a win in an ECAC Tournament semifinal game. Desiderio, who had 4 goals the entire regular season, dribbled through several Wilkes defenders and beat the goalie one-on-one from the top of the penalty box. Freshman goalie Kim Laurino (6 saves) and the back three of seniors Allison Fish and Karen Konopelski and sophomore Jennie Vroman took care of the rest as the Mules posted their 10th shutout of the season. Click here for box score.
MEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 5, Ursinus 0. Playing in his final regular-season home game, senior Johan Hohman had 3 goals and an assist to lead Muhlenberg to its fifth straight win. Hohman scored the first, third and fifth goals for his third career hat trick, becoming the 10th player in team history with 30 career goals. Senior Ron Russo had a goal and an assist, and senior Shane Topping had two assists. The Mules will learn of their postseason destination on Sunday (NCAA) or Monday (ECAC). Click here for box score.

Sunday, November 7
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 1, Johns Hopkins 1. Freshman Kim Laurino made 10 saves during the game and 3 during the shootout, and senior Hilary Moses converted the winning penalty kick as Muhlenberg captured its second consecutive ECAC Mid-Atlantic Tournament championship. Johns Hopkins jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a direct kick in the 17th minute, but the Mules tied the score 10 minutes later when junior Melissa Terroni beat the goalie, who had come far out of the net, for her second goal of the tournament -- and the second goal of her career. The game remained tied through the second half and four 15-minute overtime periods and went to a shootout. Sophomore Jennifer Ehret and junior Alissa Desiderio converted their penalty kicks in the first round of 5, which ended tied at 2-2. Both teams missed in the first sudden-death round. In the second sudden-death round, Hopkins missed wide but Moses connected into the top of the net to give the Mules their championship. For more on the tournament, see the red box at left. Click here for box score.

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Last updated November 7, 1999