Juniata Eagles Football Team Closes Season with a Win
(Posted November 17, 2003)
FOOTBALL (3-7, 3-6 MAC):
Juniata's football team closed its season with an impressive 20-7 win over FDU-Florham. Juniata limited FDU-Florham to just 193 yards of total offense, the fewest yards an Eagle team has allowed since the second game of the 1999 season. The Eagles also had 163 yards rushing from senior back Craig Moshier (Coudersport/Coudersport), which gave him 1,250 rushing yards on the season, breaking the previous Juniata record of 1,117. Moshier finishes his career with 3,165 rushing yards, leaving him second in Juniata history in career rushing yards. Moshier?s 163-yard performance marked the sixth time this season, and 15th time in his career that he has rushed for 100 or more yards.
Another offensive star on the game was Travis Lee (Williamsburg/Williamsburg) who made his first career start at quarterback. Lee completed 14 of 19 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. His scoring pass went to Jason Koch (Kutztown/Kutztown) which was his first career scoring reception. He had three catches on the game for 33 yards. John Boyer (Indian Valley/Belleville) led the team with four catches for 17 yards. Kurht Engle (Spring-Ford/Royersford) caught three passes for 22 yards, and Paul Fleischer (Deer Lakes/Glenshaw) added a pair of catches for 26 yards.
The Eagles got a huge defensive effort from Peter Thomas (Mechanicsburg/Mechanicsburg) when he intercepted a pass and returned it 87 yards for his first career touchdown. The score gave Juniata their first lead of the game. Matt Garner (Bellwood-Antis/Tyrone) led Juniata with 11 tackles, giving him a team-best 106 tackles on the season. Senior Bill Bishop (Punxsutawney/Punxsutawney) notched eight tackles, two of them for a loss in his final game. Ryan Calabrese (C. Milton Wright/Bel Air, Md.) had six tackles on the game, one for a loss, and Thomas added five tackles with his interception. Another senior, Mike Brown (South Williamsport/South Williamsport) had an interception on the game?s final possession to seal the Juniata win.
WOMEN?S VOLLEYBALL (38-0, 7-0 Commonwealth): Nov. 22 NCAA Quarterfinal at New York University.
Juniata opened up play in the NCAA Tournament with a pair of victories in the Mid-Atlantic Regional. Juniata topped Frostburg State 3-0 and then earned the Regional Championship with a 3-1 victory over Eastern University. Against Frostburg Danielle Hart (Central/Roaring Spring) led Juniata with 14 kills and a hitting percentage of .522. She also chipped in four aces. Katie Charles (Manheim Township/Lancaster) was also in double figures with 12 kills while adding eight digs. Katie Laucks (West York/York) tossed in a career-high seven serve aces along with her eight kills. Lindsey Habel (Glen Oak/Canton, Ohio) and Johanna Holtan (Fargo North/Fargo, N.D.) also recorded eight digs in the victory. Carli Dale (Cochranton/Cochranton) dished out 36 assists while orchestrating Juniata?s offense to a .446 team hitting percentage. Again Eastern the Eagles had a balanced offensive and defensive performance with five players reaching double figures in both kills and digs. Laucks led the unit with 18 digs, while adding six blocks. Hart added 15 kills while bringing up 11 digs and tossing in three aces. Stephanie Kines (Towson/Towson, Md.) contributed with 13 kills and matched Laucks with six blocks. Habel did a little bit of everything with 11 kills, five aces, 15 digs and three blocks. Dale notched her second highest assist total of the season with 63. Holtan led the team with 32 digs, the third time this season she has had 30 or more digs. Holtan now has 2,275 digs for her career which leaves her ninth all-time in NCAA Division III in career digs. Another milestone on the weekend as Dale?s 99 assists moved her into second place in Juniata history with 4,627 career assists. Juniata will look to earn a spot in their 19th national semifinal when they play New York University in an NCAA quarterfinal.
FIELD HOCKEY (15-8, 4-3 Commonwealth):
Juniata closed one of the most successful seasons in school history with a 2-1 loss to William Patterson in an ECAC quarterfinal. Joanna Acri (East Pennsboro/Enola) scored Juniata?s lone goal in the contest, which came just three minutes after William Patterson had broke a scoreless tie. Acri?s goal was assisted by Grace McCluskey (West Perry/Elliotsburg). Acri ends the season with five goals, while McCluskey improved her season assist total to three. The game would remain tied until William Patterson added a goal with just eight minutes left in the game. Juniata got another solid effort from keeper Melonie Sappe? (Dallas/Shavertown) who notched a season-high 10 saves in the contest. Sappe? finished the season with a .788 save percentage and a goals against average of 1.04. Juniata ends the season with a school record 15 wins, including the program?s first-ever victories against conference power Lebanon Valley. Juniata advanced to the conference postseason for the first time since 1990, and made it to the conference championship match.
WOMEN?S SWIMMING: Nov. 21 vs. Albight*; Nov. 22 at Scranton*.
*Middle Atlanta Conference opponents
For the second-consecutive weekend the Juniata College women?s swimming team swept the competition at a tri-meet. On this Saturday, Juniata topped a pair of conference foes, topping Drew 65-23 and Lebanon Valley 72-23.
The Eagles set three new pool records in the meet, one of them coming as the 400-meter medley relay team of Amy Sutherland (Norwich/Norwich, N.Y.), Laura Rawson (Richard Montgomery/Rockville, Md.), Kim Allen (Susquehanna Twp./Harrisburg) and Amy Hanson (Lancaster Catholic/Elizabethtown) swam to the victory in a time of 4:49.66. Allen had another pool record fall as she claimed the win in the 100-meter breaststroke. Hanson was involved in another pool record as she joined Andrea Nulton (Tyrone Area/Tyrone), Dana Gais (Kiski Area/Saltzburg) and Kathy Trainor (Upper Merion/King of Prussia) to claim a victory in the 400-meter free relay.
Juniata claimed first-place finishes in six individual events. Nulton had a pair of first-place finishes as she touched the wall first in the 400-meter free and the 200-meter free. Allen claimed an individual win in the 200-meter individual medley. Other members of the winning relay teams to claim individual victories were Rawson who finished first in the 100-meter butterfly and Sutherland with her first-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke. Alison Engle (Shippensburg Area/Shippensburg) also claimed a victory as she topped the field in the 800-meter freestyle.
Juniata also had runner-up finishes in six races. Dierolf had a pair of second-place finishes, while Allen also had a runner-up finish. Melanie Cegelski (Moon/Moon Township) and Collin Thompson (Altoona/Altoona) also notched second-place finishes.
MEN?S AND WOMEN?S CROSS COUNTRY:
Juniata had a pair of strong performances at the NCAA Mid-East Regional held at Dickinson College. The Juniata women ran to one of their best finishes in the past ten years as they finished 14th out of 38 women?s teams. On the men?s side, Juniata finished 21st out of 35 competing schools. Katey Glunt (Bellefonte/Bellefonte) was the top finisher for Juniata, as she covered the six kilometer course in 24:21, good for 41st place. Just six places behind her was Nancy Hayes (Westminster/Westminster, Md.) finished 47th in the race just 10 seconds behind Glunt. Stefanie Rynkewitz (Lewistown/Lewistown) came home in 71st position, and was followed by Sarah Bay (Central Dauphin/Harrisburg) who finished 137th. Rounding out the top five for Juniata was freshman Lia Bella (Morris Catholic/Rockaway, N.J.) who finished 139th overall in a time of 26:31, 2:10 behind Juniata?s top runner. For the Juniata men Chris Sheaffer (Central York/York) was the top finisher for Juniata as he covered the course in a time of 27:37, good for 43rd place overall. Justinn Fritzius (Central York/York) was Juniata?s second finisher as he finished 119th in the meet. Right behind him was Will Cantara (West Branch/Winburne) who finished 120th. Mike Vella (Hollidaysburg/Hollidaysburg) was fourth for Juniata as he finished 181st overall. Jason Freeman (Thornton/Thornton, CO) completed Juniata?s top-five and was just three spots behind Vella as he cruised home in 184th position.
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