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1999 Fall Sports Update

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For the Week of September 13 to September 19
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
MEN’S SOCCER MOVES UP IN RANKINGS
The Muhlenberg College men’s soccer team moved up to third in the region (from fourth) and 18th in Division III (from 23rd) in the latest NSCAA rankings. Unfortunately, the Mules' showdown with Elizabethtown (second in the region, 13th in Division III) was rained out. The women’s team remained ninth in the region. Following are the regional polls. For soccer rankings in all divisions, check out the NSCAA Web site.
MEN
1. Johns Hopkins (5-0)
2. Elizabethtown (4-0-1)
3. MUHLENBERG (3-1)
4. Messiah (4-1)
5. Gettysburg (3-1)
6. Bethany (4-1)
7. Haverford (4-1)
8t. Drew (3-2)
8t. Eastern (2-1)
10t. Cabrini (3-2)
10t. Susquehanna (3-1)

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


MEN’S GOLF RANKED IN PRESEASON POLL
The Muhlenberg College men’s golf team is ranked 21st in the country and third in District II, according to the preseason rankings released by The College Golf Foundation. The Mules, who finished 18th at the 1999 NCAA Tournament, began their 1999-2000 season by winning the Gettysburg Fall Invitational. Click here for complete rankings.


CARTER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore wide receiver Joshua Carter has been named ECAC South player of the weekJoshua Carter for games through Sept. 12. Carter had 244 all-purpose yards on only 9 touches in the Mules' 42-24 season-opening win at Kings Point, including a school record-tying 193 yards on 3 kickoff returns. He returned the opening kick of the game 92 yards for a score.


Monday, September 13
MEN’S GOLF finished first at Gettysburg Invitational. Muhlenberg picked up right where it left off in its Centennial Conference championship season of 1999, capturing the Gettysburg Fall Invitational by a healthy five strokes over Wesley. The Mules have won this tournament three of the last four years. All five Muhlenberg players shot in the 70s, led by senior Matt Deibert, who tied for low score with a two-over-par 73. The women sent two golfers to the tournament in their debut as a varsity sport. Click here for complete results.

Tuesday, September 14
FIELD HOCKEY Muhlenberg 1, Delaware Valley 0. Junior Carole Caine's fourth goal of the season (like the previous three off a penalty corner) was all the Mules needed to win their fourth straight. With a 4-1 record, Muhlenberg is off to its best start since 1991. Junior Allison Neet only had to make one save for her ninth career shutout as the visitors had a 18-2 edge in shots. The hard-luck Aggies have lost all five of their games 1-0. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Muhlenberg 3, Marywood 0. Muhlenberg swept Marywood to extend its match winning streak to 6 and its game winning streak to 18. Senior Allison Verduin led the attack again with 12 kills. Sophomore Laura Funsten had 31 assists, 11 digs and 3 aces. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, September 15
WOMEN’S SOCCER Muhlenberg 1, Haverford 0. Sophomore Nancy Grove's blast from the top of the penalty box late in the first overtime period was the only score as Muhlenberg opened up its Centennial Conference season with a big win in the rain at Haverford. The Mules had never won their CC opener and had lost to the Fords by one goal each of the last five seasons. Grove's goal, her conference-leading sixth of the season, also ended a streak of seven straight losses in overtime games. Freshman Kim Laurino posted the shutout. Click here for box score.
MEN’S SOCCER vs. Elizabethtown, rained out

Thursday, September 16
FIELD HOCKEY vs. Scranton, postponed to October 26
VOLLEYBALL Delaware Valley 3, Muhlenberg 2. For the third straight time, Muhlenberg and Delaware Valley went to five games, and this time the Aggies prevailed, winning the deciding game 16-14. Senior Allison Verduin had 21 kills and 21 digs, and freshmen Meaghan Billie (14) and Elisabeth Leone (13) established new career highs in kills. Freshman Jennifer Leigh's 23 digs were a team season high. Click here for box score.

Saturday, September 18
CROSS COUNTRY Women finished second and men third at Mule Invitational. Sophomore Will Elson had the top finish of any Mule as he took second for the men's team with a time of 27:29.7. Freshman Brendan Gallagher, who finished eighth the 8K race, was the only other Mule to finish in the top ten. In a race dominated by Moravian runners, junior Laura Roth was the best of the Muhlenberg women runners. She finished fifth with a time of 20:45. Moravian easily won the women's race and edged the Richard Stockton men by one point. Click here for complete results.
FIELD HOCKEY Johns Hopkins 1, Muhlenberg 0 (OT). Hopkins ended a scoreless tie midway through the first overtime to take the conference opener from the Mules. The tough loss broke Muhlenberg's four-game winning streak. Click here for box score.
FOOTBALL Muhlenberg 30, Dickinson 13. Sophomore Michael McCabe passed for a school-record 471 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Mules to their first win against Dickinson since 1987 and their first 2-0 start since 1985. McCabe completed 28 of 36 passes to break the previous mark of 403 set by Gary Greb in 1980. He also set the school record for total offense with 457 yards and missed the Centennial Conference passing mark by 6 yards. First-quarter strikes of 7 yards to sophomore Joshua Carter and 19 yards to senior Chuck Draper gave Muhlenberg a quick 14-0 lead, and senior Kenyamo McFarlane caught a 59-yarder in the second quarter to make it 20-3. Draper (7 catches for 126 yards) and McFarlane (5-108) gave the Mules two 100-yard receviers for the first time since 1994. Carter (5-81) caught a 25-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter. On defense, seniors Joseph Gmitter and Brian Condron each picked off passes. Click here for box score.
WOMEN’S SOCCER Western Maryland 2, Muhlenberg 1. Despite outshooting Western Maryland 17-9, Muhlenberg suffered its first Centennial Conference loss of the year. Junior Jen Sands' first goal of the season was the only score for the Mules. Click here for box score.
MEN’S SOCCER Dickinson 1, Muhlenberg 0. Previously winless Dickinson scored a goal late in the first half to upset the 18th-ranked Mules in their Centennial Conference opener. Muhlenberg, which outshot the Red Devils, 16-5, had a goal disallowed. Click here for box score.
VOLLEYBALL Richard Stockton 3, Muhlenberg 0; St. John Fisher 3, Muhlenberg 2; Kings Point 3, Muhlenberg 0. The Mules went winless in three matches at Richard Stockton's Osprey Classic. Senior Allison Verduin totalled 45 kills in the three matches, including 23 against St. John Fisher. Also in that match, freshman Dana Ferrelli had a career-high 19 digs and 3 aces and freshman Debra Bannon added 11 digs. Click here for box scores.


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