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Amy Yalch Amy Yalch has had a world of experience in her four years at Muhlenberg, and not just on the field hockey field. Although she has achieved success on the field, she has also achieved in the classroom, overseas and has set herself up to achieve even greater success after graduation.

The four-year participant in field hockey was a key reserve for the Mules the past three years before breaking into the starting lineup her senior season. Her career numbers include six goals, one assist and 13 points.

Yalch was moved to a new position this season, changing from a forward to a midfielder. “I didn’t really like it at first because I was used to being in a scoring position as a forward, and now I found myself moving the ball upfield to set up potential scores. Midfield requires a lot of running as well.” Yalch went on to explain, “The position is really growing on me now, and I enjoy being one of the players who starts scoring opportunities and helping my team succeed in any way possible.”

Yalch has loved every minute of her field hockey career at Muhlenberg, and would not change a thing. “It’s been so much fun,” she proclaimed. “It is very nice to play a sport in college because it gives you a good release from the stress and anxiety that comes along with classes, exams and papers.”

Yalch would know a bit about needing a release from schoolwork. Her hard work ethic as a biology major shows, as she was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll last season.

Yalch does not learn about biology only in the classroom, though. She spent last semester studying abroad in Australia. “I loved it,” she said with a big smile on her face. “I got to go sailing, explore the many beaches, feed kangaroos at a sanctuary near the place I was staying and travel up north to beautiful Kacadu National Park. While I was at the park, I saw many beautiful waterfalls and went on a crocodile cruise.” Yalch went on to say, “I even tried surfing! It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be; the waves can really beat you up. Overall, it was a very educational and fun experience.”

The future looks as bright as Yalch’s years spent at Muhlenberg have been. She recently applied for dental school. “I’ve always been interested in the medical profession, particularly the dental field,” she explained. “The hours are more flexible than that of a doctor, and I feel as though I would be able to achieve positive things with a career choice that I will enjoy.”

At this point in the season, Muhlenberg is 1-3, losing all three games by one goal. As one of the senior leaders, Yalch feels that the team will be able to turn things around and have a successful season. “We need to be more consistent with the little things, especially communication on the field during the game,” she said, “Sometimes it seems that we lack the energy needed, and we just need to find ways to keep ourselves motivated and determined.”

• Golf Eighth at Elizabethtown: The Muhlenberg men’s golf team opened its 2001-02 season by finishing eighth at the Blue Jay Classic, hosted by Elizabethtown at the Hershey Country Club. Sophomore Matt Katz shot an 80 to lead the Mules. Click here for box score.

• Iberer Named Player of the Week: For the third time in her career, sophomore Dawn Iberer of the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team has been named player of the week by the Centennial Conference.

Dawn Iberer Iberer was honored after scoring a pair of goals in each of back-to-back wins against Centenary and Western Maryland. She also recorded an assist in the 6-1 defeat of Centenary, giving her nine points on the week.

For the season, Iberer leads the Mules with 13 points on six goals and an assist. She set a school record for freshmen with 14 goals last year and is now the quickest player in team history to 20 career goals.

• Field Hockey makeup announced: The home field hockey game against Montclair State that was postponed last Tuesday has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 24, at 5:00.

• Football Poll Logic: The Muhlenberg football team received six votes in the AFCA Division III poll for games through Sept. 15 after defeating Dickinson, 47-3, on Saturday. With six points, the Mules are tied with Grove City, which lost to Dickinson at home, 23-14.

Western Maryland is ranked 12th in the new poll. Cal Lutheran received 33 votes, Hartwick 32 and Johns Hopkins 13.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America suspended its poll for the week due to the large number of games that were cancelled. The Muhlenberg men’s team was ranked fifth in the region in the Sept. 10 poll.

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Last updated September 18, 2001