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Muhlenberg College sports fans had a lot to be thankful for this fall. The seven Mule teams combined for a record of 66-33, including a 33-11 record in Centennial Conference play. Four of the seven teams set or matched their best finish ever in the CC, and three won or tied for championships. One team and one individual competed in the NCAA Championships, and one team participated in the ECAC Championships. Thirty-six student-athletes were selected to All-CC teams, and 25 were named to the CC Academic Honor Roll.

Below are brief highlights of the Muhlenberg fall seasons. Please continue to check Mule Sports Daily through December as All-Region and All-America teams are announced, and to follow the Muhlenberg winter sports teams. Happy Thanksgiving!

Dawn Iberer

Women’s soccer (19-3, 10-0) won its second straight Centennial Conference championship, hosted the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and reached the Round of 16 for the first time in school history. The Mules set school records for wins and shutouts (12) in a season and reeled off a 17-game winning streak. Sophomore Dawn Iberer was the team’s leading scorer for the second year in a row, with 16 goals.

Joshua Carter

Football (7-4, 5-1) tied Western Maryland for its first Centennial Conference championship since 1986 and earned a bid to the ECAC Southeast championship. Senior Joshua Carter broke the 74-year-old school record for career touchdowns (41) and set what are believed to be the all-time Division III records for yards on kickoff returns and yards on punt returns.

Laura Funsten

Volleyball (20-11, 8-2) finished in a three-way tie for first place in the CC, earning its first regular-season championship, and hosted the CC Tournament, in which the team advanced to the final game. The Mules reached 20 wins for the seventh time in 11 seasons. Senior Laura Funsten finished her career with more than 3,000 assists (a school-record 3,071) and 1,000 digs.

Brendan Gallagher

Men’s cross country matched its best finish ever at the Centennial Conference Championships, coming in fourth place, and recorded its first top-10 showing at the NCAA Mideast Regional (eighth place). Junior Brendan Gallagher earned All-Region honors for the third straight year and became the first runner in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Katie Garrett

Women’s cross country finished in the top 10 in every meet (except for one in which the entire team didn’t compete) and had its best regional finish (10th place) in 10 years. Senior Katie Garrett, the Mules’ top finisher in every race, won the Mule Classic and made the All-Centennial Conference and All-Region teams.

Greg Ramos

Men’s soccer (12-6, 6-3) tied for second place in the Centennial Conference, marking the 13th time in 14 seasons the Mules finished first or second, and was ranked in the region the entire season. Senior Greg Ramos was named to the All-CC first team for his play in the midfield and in the back.

Melissa Eicken

Field hockey (8-9, 4-6) had a frustrating season, with seven of its nine losses coming by a single goal. One of the Mules’ wins was against 11th-ranked Western Maryland. Senior Melissa Eicken, an All-Centennial Conference first team and CC Academic Honor Roll selection, tied for second all-time with her 14 career assists.

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Last updated November 21, 2001