Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pa.
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Monday, August 27, 2001
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Welcome to the first edition of Mule Sports Daily. During the 2001-02 school year, this will be your No. 1 source for information on the Muhlenberg College athletic teams. Every day (with the exception of holiday breaks), check back here for the latest scores, results, records, previews, stats and standings as well as profiles of Mule student-athletes and other special features. You can easily jump to any day’s edition by using the links at the top of the page.

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Mule Sports Daily begins this week with a series of previews of Muhlenberg’s fall teams. Today field hockey is previewed, followed by football (Tuesday), women’s soccer (Wednesday), volleyball (Thursday) and men’s soccer (Friday).

Muhlenberg Welcomes Moravian for Saturday Opener
Melissa Eicken
Senior Melissa Eicken tied for the team lead with six assists last year.
Despite losing three of its top four scorers from last year, the Muhlenberg College field hockey team enters the 2001 season with optimism.

The Mules, who open up at home against local rival Moravian on Saturday, earned a national ranking after getting off to a 4-0 start in 2000, then had to rally to finish 9-9 and earn a spot in the Centennial Conference playoffs. Four seniors combined to score 27 of the team’s 41 goals. Included in that group were the third all-time leading scorer in team history and the program’s all-time assists leader.

What’s left is a younger team of players who will try to make a name for themselves and return to the CC playoffs.

“I have absolutely no doubts about this team,” said senior forward Sarah Stitzer, the leading returning scorer with 14 points on four goals and six assists. “We have a lot of potential to win. In order to be successful we have to focus and come ready to play every day.”

“We’re a young team, so we’ll need a lot of stepping up from the underclassmen,” added senior midfielder Melissa Eicken, who tied Stitzer for the team lead in assists last year.

Other returning players who will be looked to for increased offense include senior Amy Yalch, who scored three of her six career goals last year, juniors Holly Pico (four goals in 2000), Laura Diez and Stephanie Harvilla and sophomore Lauren Jacobs.

The defense improved as the 2000 season progressed, allowing only 10 goals in the final seven games. Junior Josephine Fasolino, who ranks sixth in team history with 242 career saves, is back for her third season as starting goalie. Senior Reina Tyson and junior Kristen Best are veteran returning starters on the defensive unit.

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Last updated August 27, 2001