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Mules Welcome 11 Teams for Soccer, Volleyball

The Muhlenberg volleyball team will seek its fourth straight Buttermaker Tournament championship. The Mules are 13-0 all-time in Buttermaker matches, and the two schools they beat for the championship the last two years – Arcadia (then Beaver) and Misericordia – are in the field this year.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 7:
4:00 Muhlenberg vs. Albright; Misericordia vs. SUNY Farmingdale
6:00 Albright vs. Arcadia; SUNY Farmingdale vs. Cedar Crest
8:00 Muhlenberg vs. Arcadia; Misericordia vs. Cedar Crest

Saturday, September 8:
playoffs at 9:00, 11:00 and 2:00 (matchups determined by Friday play)

Here’s a look at the visiting teams:

Albright: The Lions enter the tournament with a 1-5 record. Albright is basing this year’s success on improvement and learning, while looking to improve from last season’s 1-22 record. New head coach Angie Pierce leads a young squad that includes three freshmen starters, including setter Molly O’Connor. O’Connor set an Albright record with 11 service aces in a 3-1 victory over Washington (Md.) and tallied 20 assists in her first collegiate match against Alvernia. The Lions will be guided by captains Brooke Hall, a junior outside hitter, and Katie Dickel, a sophomore middle blocker.

Arcadia: Arcadia, formerly Beaver College, is looking to rebound from a disappointing 9-13 record last year. The Scarlet Knights, who lost in the first round of the PAC playoffs in 2000 to Misericordia, will have plenty of leadership and experience this season with a roster possessing five seniors and three juniors. Senior captain Sarah Collins will be looked to for leadership and production from her outside hitter position, while fellow senior middle blocker Kimm Grossman, who made the Buttermaker All-Tournament team last year, should also provide the steady play needed to improve and have a successful season.

Cedar Crest: The Falcons are led by team MVP Christine Feichtel, who set a single season mark in 2000 with 283 kills. Cedar Crest is looking to improve upon last year’s successful 14-13 record, which included a 7-3 record in the PAC and a berth in the PAC playoffs, where they finished in third place. Head coach Dave Stever, who was named PAC coach of the year in 2000, has made great strides with the Falcons since their 6-20 record, 3-7 in the conference, in his first season in 1999.

Misericordia: The Cougars return five varsity players from a team that finished 16-14 last season, which should help soothe the loss of five starters who combined to set seven school records. Senior Carolyn Borchert and juniors Jenn McCall, Kristi Schloerb and Amber Chadwick will be the leaders and main weapons for the Cougars in 2001. Misericordia seeks to continue its string of 10 straight seasons of qualifying for the PAC playoffs. They enter the tournament 1-4, earning a 3-0 victory over Marywood at the King’s College Tournament.

SUNY Farmingdale: SUNY Farmingdale achieved great success in 2000, going 21-7 in its first season in NCAA Division III competition. Junior Jackie DiVittorio was named to the All-Tournament team at the Buttermaker Tournament last year, as Farmingdale went 2-1 in the tournament. Sophomore Gina Carbone led the team in blocks and kills last season, and is looked at to provide similar results again this year. The Rams begin this season 0-1, falling to FDU-Madison.

The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team has enjoyed great success in the Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday’s Classic, winning six of the last seven times the tournament has been held. The Mule women are seeking their first tournament title.

The tournament schedule is as follows. The last game each night features Muhlenberg against a nationally ranked opponent:

Friday, September 7:
12:00 Drew vs. Frostburg State (men)
2:00 Oswego State vs. Rhode Island College (women)
5:00 Muhlenberg vs. Oswego State (men)
7:00 Muhlenberg vs. Scranton (women)

Saturday, September 8:
12:00 Oswego State vs. Scranton (women)
2:00 Frostburg State vs. Oswego State (men)
5:00 Muhlenberg vs. Rhode Island College (women)
7:00 Muhlenberg vs. Drew (men)

Here’s a look at the visiting teams, starting with the women:

Oswego State: Oswego State finished last season with a 11-10 record and qualified for the postseason for the 12th consecutive year. The Lakers welcome back their four top scorers from a year ago, including Northeast Regional All-American Kathryn Stead. The junior, who was named to the All-SUNYAC first team, led Oswego with eight goals and 22 points. Sophomore Leanne Guinn was also a major offensive contributor, tying for the lead in goals with eight and totaling 17 points. Sophomore Alecia Scorsone is in goal for the Lakers for the second consecutive season. Last year she recorded five shutouts and made 122 saves.

Rhode Island College: The Anchorwomen enter the Kwik Goal Classic coming off a 4-0 victory against Salve Regina. Rhode Island was 8-9 a year ago, but lost five key players, including the most successful goalie in program history and the team leader in goals and points. The Anchorwomen still have a great offensive weapon in senior Kerri Ferreira, who tied for the team lead in goals with 10 and was second in points with 23. Ferreira was also chosen as a second-team All-Little East Conference selection. Senior Caitlin Schimmel will take over in goal for the Anchorwomen, where she experienced success in limited opportunities last year. She also can play as a midfielder, having led the team in assists last season with five and tying for third in both goals (seven) and points (19).

Scranton: The Lady Royals (2-1), who won the 1998 Kwik Goal/T.G.I.Friday’s Classic, are ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region and received votes for the national top 25. The defending MAC Freedom Conference champions are known for their stingy team defense, only allowing 24 goals in 45 games the past two seasons. A major reason for this success has been record-setting goalie Meghan Quinlan, who is starting her fourth year in goal for the Lady Royals and has been a three-year all-conference and all-region selection. Other crucial components of the defense include senior Michelle Fogarty, who was a MAC Freedom Conference first-team selection last year, and Kim Lanigan, a second-team pick. Freshman Sara Suchoski leads the offense with four goals, two of them game-winners.

Drew: The Rangers enter the tournament 2-0, winning their first two games by a combined score of 17-0, and ranked 17th in Division III. Drew boasts eight returning starters from last year's MAC Freedom Conference championship team that finished the year 15-5-1. Junior Justin Bonura, who was a Regional All-American and the MAC Freedom Conference MVP in 2000, leads the Rangers. Junior midfielder Andres Loaiza and senior defenseman Matt Carillo were MAC Freedom Conference first-team selections last season. Freshman Oleksandr Stakhiv has 11 points already this season.

Frostburg State: The Bobcats enter the tournament on the heels of a 2-1 loss to Gettysburg that came in the final four minutes. Frostburg has had much recent success, including four straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular season titles, two AMCC Tournament championships and four postseason appearances in the last five years, including an NCAA Division III Tournament bid in 2000. Defense is the main strength of the Bobcats, with senior co-captain and four-year starter Scott Gibson and junior Jay Levesque leading the way. Offensively, junior co-captain Jon Wieland returns as an All-AMCC selection last year and the leading returning scorer with six goal, six assists and 18 points in 2000.

Oswego State: The Lakers enter the Kwik Goal Classic with a record of 2-0 after defeating Cazenovia and Keuka. Oswego is led by juniors Derek Popovich and Derek Lyons. Popovich posted a team-high 30 points on 12 goals and six assists last season and was named first team All-SUNYAC selection, while Lyons led the Lakers with 13 goals and finished with 29 points while being selected to All-SUNYAC second team. On defense, sophomore Chad MacDonald was a second-team All-SUNYAC selection last season.

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Last updated September 6, 2001