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1999 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of September 6 to September 12
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
The Muhlenberg College men’s and women’s soccer teams are both ranked, according to the first National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) polls of the 199 season. The men (2-0) are fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region and 23rd in Division III, while the women (2-1) are ninth in the region. Following are the regional polls. For soccer rankings in all divisions, check out the NSCAA Web site.
1. Johns Hopkins (3-0)
2. Bethany (W.Va.) (3-0)
3. Elizabethtown (2-0)
5. Gettysburg (1-1)
6. Messiah (1-1)
7. Drew (2-1)
8. Washington & Jefferson (2-0)
9. Eastern (0-0)
10. Wesley (1-1)

WOMEN 1. New Jersey (3-0) 2t. Richard Stockton (1-0) 2t. William Paterson (3-0) 4. Mary Washington (0-0) 5. Elizabethtown (2-1) 6. Scranton (2-1) 7. Messiah (2-0) 8. Rowan (1-0) 9. MUHLENBERG (2-1) 10. Johns Hopkins (1-2)

Tuesday, September 7
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 2, East Stroudsburg 1. Sophomore Anne Hall's first career goal, midway through the first half, proved to be the game-winner as the Mules toppled the Division II Warriors for their second straight win. Senior Kim Brady scored Muhlenberg's first goal. ESU cut the lead to 2-1 less than a minute after intermission and had a 15-3 advantage in shots in the second half, but junior Allison Neet and freshman Josephine Fasolino combined to keep the Mules ahead. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, September 8
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Wilkes 2. Sophomore Nancy Grove scored two goals and assisted on the third as the Mules, ranked ninth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, beat Wilkes for the ninth straight year and extended their home winning streak to eight. Junior Alissa Desiderio had a goal and an assist. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Moravian 3, Muhlenberg 0. In their home opener, the Mules jumped out to leadsof 7-0 and 11-5 in the first game, but could not hang on and lost to their local rivals in three straight. Moravian was an NCAA Tournament team last year. Senior Allison Verduin led the Muhlenberg attack with 12 kills, and freshman Lisa Giammalvo had a career-high 11 digs. Click here for box score.

Friday, September 10
MEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 1, Christopher Newport 0. Senior Steve Albrecht's second goal of the season, a blast from the top of the penalty box with 2:04 left in regulation, accounted for the only scoring as Muhlenberg won in the first round of the Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday's Classic. In the other game, Oswego State and Wheaton played to a 1-1 tie. The 23rd-ranked Mules scored their goal after senior Johan Hohman drew a foul to the right of the penalty box. The ensuing free kick was knocked out to sophomore Chris Rowley, who tapped it back to Albrecht. Sophomore Robert Pomento made 6 saves to enable Muhlenberg to open a season with three straight shutouts for the first time since 1987. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Cedar Crest 0. Muhlenberg opened defense of its 1998 Buttermaker Tournament championship by sweeping Cedar Crest. Sophomore Laura Funsten had 19 assists, senior Allison Verduin 9 kills, and senior Milena Negrao and freshman Jennifer Leigh 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Click here for box score.

Saturday, September 11
CROSS COUNTRY women finished 10th and men 12th at Lebanon Valley Invitational. The men got another good race from sophomore Will Elson to finish in the top half at Lebanon Valley, a big improvement from last year's 21st-place showing. Elson was 11th with a time of 27:22.86. The women, paced by junior Laura Roth in 15th place, finished in the top 10 for the fifth straight year. Click here for complete results.
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 5, Goucher 2. Junior Kelly Gower scored three goals for her second career hat trick to lead Muhlenberg to its third consecutive win and its largest offensive output of the season. Senior forward Kim Brady put the game out of reach by scoring the Mules' fourth goal with just over four minutes remaining. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 3, Oswego State 1. Sophomore Nancy Grove scored two unassisted first-half goals in a 97-second span to spark Muhlenberg in the first round of the Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday's Classic. The Mules will play Rowan, 1-0 overtime winners against Scranton, in Sunday's championship game. Sophomore Jennifer Ehret also scored a goal. Click here for box score.
MEN’S SOCCER Wheaton (Ill.) 3, Muhlenberg 0. Rob Mouw showed why he was the 1998 Division III player of the year, scoring all three goals as fourth-ranked Wheaton captured the championship of the Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday's Classic. Muhlenberg finished second, and Christopher Newport, a 2-1 overtime winner over Oswego State, was third. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Beaver 0; Muhlenberg 3, Ramapo 0; Muhlenberg 3, Albright 0; Muhlenberg 3, Beaver 0. Senior Allison Verduin earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team as Muhlenberg did not lose a game in capturing its second consecutive Buttermaker Tournament championship. Verduin averaged 5.27 kills per game in the tournament, including a school record-tying 22 in the championship match against Beaver. She also had a team-high 49 digs and 8 service aces. Sophomore Laura Funsten averaged 11 assists per game in Saturday's four matches. Freshmen Lisa Giammalvo and Jennifer Leigh had 15 digs apiece in the championship match. Click here for box scores.

Sunday, September 12
WOMEN’S SOCCER Rowan 2, Muhlenberg 0. Tournament MVP Becky Petsch made 6 saves for her second shutout is as many days as Rowan won the championship game of the Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday's Classic. Muhlenberg had its nine-match home winning streak snapped but did finish second in the tournament. Scranton edged Oswgo State, 2-1, in the other game. Click here for box score.

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Last updated September 12, 1999