News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
MENS SOCCER MOVES UP IN RANKINGS|
The Muhlenberg College mens 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
womens team remained ninth in the region. Following are the regional
polls. For soccer rankings in all divisions, check out the NSCAA Web site.
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)
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)
MENS GOLF RANKED IN PRESEASON POLL
The Muhlenberg College mens 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
CARTER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore wide receiver Joshua Carter has been named ECAC
player of the week 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
Monday, September 13
MENS 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
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
WOMENS 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.
MENS 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.
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
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.
WOMENS 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.
MENS 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.