Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pa.
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Thursday, September 13, 2001
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• Field hockey postponed: Tonight’s scheduled field hockey game against Scranton has been postponed. A makeup date has yet to be determined.

• Funsten named player of week: Senior Laura Funsten of the Muhlenberg volleyball team has been named player of the week by the Laura
Funsten Centennial Conference. Funsten averaged 8.18 assists and 0.71 aces per game in leading the Mules to a 6-3 start. She tied a school record with seven aces against Misericordia and narrowly missed her second career triple-double (9 kills, 41 assists, 16 digs) in the DeSales match. Funsten, who ranks fifth in the CC in assists, recorded 108 assists in four matches to lead Muhlenberg to its fourth straight Buttermaker Tournament championship.

• Men’s Soccer ranked: For the second straight week, the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team is ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic region. Drew, which handed the Mules a 1-0 overtime defeat in the championship match of the Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday’s, remained third in the region and No. 17 in the country. Centennial Conference schools occupy six of the top eight spots in the region:

1. Messiah (3-0)
2. Johns Hopkins (3-0)
3. Drew (4-0)
4. Gettysburg (4-0)
6. Western Maryland (4-0)
7. Haverford (2-1)
8. Franklin & Marshall (3-1)
9. DeSales (3-1)
10t. Elizabethtown (1-3)
10t. Lebanon Valley (4-1)

In the national women’s soccer rankings, both teams that have defeated Muhlenberg so far this season are in the top 25: Trinity is No. 2 and Scranton is No. 25.

The Muhlenberg football team received three votes in the AFCA national Division III poll.

• Carter among statistical leaders: Muhlenberg senior Joshua Carter shows up three times among the Division III statistical leaders through games of Sept. 8. The wide receiver/kick returner is 18th in all-purpose yards (200.0 per game), 21st in kickoff returns (31.0 average) and 29th in receiving yards per game (126.0).

Dawn Iberer
Sophomore Dawn Iberer doubled her season total with two goals against Centenary.
• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 6, Centenary (N.J.) 1. Sophomore Dawn Iberer scored two goals in the first 18 minutes as Muhlenberg rolled up a 4-0 halftime lead en route to its biggest win of the season.

Sophomore Courtney Levine and junior Michele Zito each scored her first career goal to contribute to the Mules’ second straight win. Muhlenberg opens defense of its 2000 Centennial Conference championship Saturday at Western Maryland.

“We needed the win,” said Levine. “We started out the season a little rough in Texas. Now we get to go into conference play with a strong win behind us.”

Iberer found the back of the net just 6:11 into the contest, heading in a cross from freshman Rebecca Armstrong. The same duo connected again less than 12 minutes later.

Levine’s goal came after Iberer dropped a pass back to her on a breakaway. Sophomore Monica Jones and freshman Kim Klicka added goals before Zito completed the scoring.

Levine, who hails from Northern New Jersey, said that the team was able to focus on the game despite the events near her hometown because of its closeness. “The team’s been amazing,” she said. “We’ve held practices every day, so we’ve been together and had each other for support. We do everything as a team.”

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• Volleyball: Muhlenberg 3, Delaware Valley 0. Laura Funsten tallied 32 assists and 10 digs, while junior Dana Ferrelli added 17 digs and four service aces as Muhlenberg (7-3) defeated Delaware Valley, 3-0. The victory marked the Mules’ sixth straight, as well as their fifth straight shutout and 17th straight game won.

Muhlenberg fell behind early, coming back from a 27-22 defecit in the first game to earn the 30-28 win. The Mules won the next two games handily, 30-23 and 30-12.

Junior Meaghan Billie led Muhlenberg with 14 kills, while sophomore Kate Woodruff added 11 digs and four service aces. The Mules’ victory was the 25th in 29 matches against Delaware Valley.

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Last updated September 13, 2001