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Juniata Football Team Takes Third Straight Victory

(Posted October 22, 2001)

FOOTBALL (4-3, 4-3 MAC): Oct. 27 at Waynesburg.
Juniata won its third straight contest and took possession of the "Goal Post" Trophy on Saturday afternoon with a convincing 46-20 win over visiting Susquehanna. It marked the first Eagle win over Susquehanna since 1995 and snapped a five-game losing streak to the Crusaders. In addition, it was Juniata's most lopsided victory in the all-time series since a 40-0 triumph in 1968. The Eagles were up, 27-13, at halftime and rolled up 565 yards in total offense, while holding the Crusader rushing game to just 76 yards. The last time Juniata held Susquehanna to less than 100 yards rushing was in 1985 during a 30-24 blue and gold win in Huntingdon. Freshman quarterback Greg Troutman (Meyersdale/Meyersdale) completed 20 of 33 passes for 313 yards and he carried the ball 17 times for another 86 yards. He also threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score. Overall, he was responsible for five Eagle touchdowns and he rolled up 399 yard in total offense. Troutman was named the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Offensive Player of the Week for his effort. Sophomore tailback Craig Moshier (Coudersport Area/Coudersport) had 107 yards on 19 tries and rushing touchdowns of three and 27 yards. He also caught six balls for 53 yards. Junior wide receiver Nate Leach (Shade/Central City) posted nine receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown, while senior wide receiver Lucas Kelleher (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) had four snags for 116 yards and two scores. Junior wide receiver Andrew Raup (Danville/Danville) had one catch for eight yards and it went for a touchdown. Senior wide out Josh Chubb (Laurel/Laurel, DE) had three rushing attempts for 49 yards. Junior kicker/punter Dusty Lehr (Bermudian Springs/New Oxford) averaged 44 yards on three punts and made good on three of his five PATs. Defensively, senior inside linebacker Josh Seiders (Wyomissing/Wyomissing Hills) had 12 tackles, including two for lost yardage, and paced the unit in stops for the seventh straight week. Sophomore defensive back Brett Merrell (Danville/Danville) had eight tackles and two interceptions, while junior defensive end Fred Taber (Calvert Hall College/Bel Air, MD) and senior inside linebacker Sean Reed (Muncy/Muncy) had eight stops each. Taber added a quarterback sack to his totals. Junior cornerback Paul Evans (Huntingdon/Huntingdon) had an interception for the fifth straight game and it was his MAC-leading sixth pick of the fall.

FIELD HOCKEY (4-12, 2-5 Commonwealth): season complete.
Juniata completed the 2001 season with a split of two outings during the past week. The Eagles lost a 1-0 heart-breaker in Commonwealth Conference action on Thursday at Lebanon Valley. Juniata was out shot, 7-5, while freshman goalie Melonie Sappe' (Dallas/Shavertown) made four saves. The blue and gold put an exclamation point on Homecoming Weekend on College Hill with a 2-0 win over Division II Slippery Rock on Sunday afternoon and the final day of the season. Senior forward/midfielder Charlene Brindle (Susquenita/Halifax) and senior forward Jen Thew (Line Mountain/Herndon) played in their last collegiate games and each scored a goal on Senior Day. It was the first career goal for Brindle, while Thew capped her tenure with 35 points on 16 goals and three assists. Both scores were unassisted, as Brindle's tally came in the first half and Thew's occurred in the second stanza. Freshman goalkeeper Melonie Sappe' (Dallas/Shavertown) posted the second shutout of her career and had three saves.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (3-7, 2-5 MAC Commonwealth): season complete.
Juniata sent five representatives to the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Individual Championship hosted by Lebanon Valley on Friday and Saturday and the Eagles came away with a second-place finish in doubles action as senior Lisa Dumansky (Nutley/Nutley, NJ) and junior Liz Osche (Acton-Boxborough/Acton, MA) took the runner-up spot. The duo entered the weekend as the number-one seed after winning the MAC title last fall and giving Juniata its first championship at the event since 1977. Dumansky and Osche, who combined for a 7-1 doubles mark during the regular season this fall, received a bye in the first round after earning the tourney's top seed. The pair then downed Lacey Leverberg and Julie Simms of Moravian, 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals on Friday. A 6-2, 7-6 (6-4) victory over Jen Olas and Amanda Bartkus of DeSales (formerly Allentown) sent Dumansky and Osche into Saturday's semifinals. In the round of four, the Eagle duo produced a 5-7, 6-0, 6-4 come-from-behind win against sixth-seeded Kristy Sturtz and Cristen Leaper of Albright. However, in the finals, second-seeded Jennifer Genevese and Corinne Kleinsmith got revenge for last year's three-set loss to Dumansky and Osche in the championship tilt, with a 6-0, 6-1 decision in the first-place match. Dumansky and Osche ended the year with a 10-2 mark on the doubles court. In addition, Dumansky went 6-2 in singles play, 16-4 overall and will graduate with a 62-31 overall record for her career. The Juniata doubles team of junior Lorissa Mahoney (Attleboro/Attleboro, MA) and junior Alexina Thompson (Pittsford Mendon/Pittsford, NY) lost their opening outing of the weekend on Friday, 6-3, 6-3. In singles play, junior Jennifer Thompson (Pittsford Mendon/Pittsford, NY) was the lone representative for Juniata. She posted a 6-2, 6-3 win in the first round against Selena Bednarz of Wilkes, but then lost to Abby Woodhead of Drew, 6-1, 6-2.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (22-5, 6-0 Commonwealth): Oct. 24, Lebanon Valley; Oct. 26-27, Trinity (TX) Inv.
Juniata, ranked third in this past week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Poll, began a 5-0 week with a 30-20, 30-19, 30-18 win at Elizabethtown during Commonwealth Conference play on Tuesday. The victory was the 242nd straight conference triumph for Juniata. Junior middle hitter Niki Mueller (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) led the Eagles with 12 kills, a .611 hitting percentage and three blocks. Sophomore opposite Danielle Hart (Central/Roaring Spring) had 10 kills, six digs and three aces, while freshman outside hitter Lindsey Habel (Glen Oak/Canton, OH) added in 10 kills, a team-best 14 digs, two aces and two blocks. Freshman setter Carli Dale (Cochranton/Cochranton) had 32 assists, four digs and three kills. On Friday and Saturday, the Eagles hosted the annual "Wid" Guisler Invitational and won the outing with a perfect 4-0 record. On the first day, Juniata took care of Carnegie Mellon, 30-18, 30-25, 30-25, to start the day and then completed action with a 30-26, 30-23, 30-20, victory over 12th-ranked Nazareth. However, the second victory of the day could have been a costly one as senior Brandy Workinger (Dallastown/Dallastown), who was a first-team all-American last fall, went down with an ankle injury in the third game. Against Carnegie Mellon, Workinger had 17 kills, eight digs and two blocks. Hart had 13 kills, 13 digs, four blocks and three aces. Mueller added in eight kills and four blocks, while Dale registered 44 assists, six digs, three blocks and an ace. Versus Nazareth, Mueller led Juniata with 16 kills and three blocks. Hart posted 12 kills, 13 digs and two aces, while Workinger finished with 11 kills, 16 digs, three blocks and an ace. Sophomore outside hitter Johanna Holtan (Fargo North/Fargo, ND) had 10 kills. Dale had 49 assists, 12 digs and three kills. On Saturday, the Eagles downed Mount Union in three straight games, 30-16, 30-21, 30-15 to open the second day of action. Hart had 13 kills, eight digs and three aces. Mueller had nine kills and two blocks, while Habel finished with nine kills and a team-best 13 digs. Holtan had eight kills and 11 digs. Dale had 43 assists, five digs, two blocks, two aces and three kills. Juniata captured the Guisler Invitational crown with a 35-33, 30-23, 30-15 win over Division II California (Pa.) to close out the weekend. Hart had 19 kills, 13 digs and an ace. Habel posted 17 kills, 18 digs, three aces and a block. Holtan had 11 kills, 22 digs and an ace. Mueller finished with nine kills, three blocks and two digs. Dale ended the night with 55 assists, 13 digs, two aces, one block and one kill. Mueller, Hart and Holtan were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts during the weekend.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Oct. 27, MAC Championship at Messiah.
Juniata traveled to Gettysburg College on Saturday to take part in a highly-competitive and attended invitational. The Eagles placed 19th out of the 25 teams in attendance with 503 points, while Alderson-Broaddus won the race with just 34 points. Freshman Justin Norris (Warren/Warren) led the blue and gold harriers for the fourth consecutive outing and posted a time of 28:38.05 to place 80th at an event that consisted of 206 participants. Freshman Will Cantara (West Branch/Allport) took 82nd for the Eagles and was clocked at 28:46.29, while freshman Jason Freeman (Thornton/Thornton, CO) placed 102nd (29:04.53). Senior David Slat (Hollidaysburg/Hollidaysburg), who was 171st (31:41.51), and freshman Chris Thompson (Topeka West/Topeka, KS), who was 180th (32:15.45), completed the scoring five for the Eagles.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Oct. 27, MAC Championship at Messiah.
The Eagles journeyed to the Gettysburg Invitational on Saturday and took 16th in a field of 26 squads with 483 markers. The host Bullets earned the women's crown with 91 points. Juniata was led by junior Michele Palmer (Littlestown/Littlestown), who placed 64th (20:02.26) in a field of 194 contestants. Sophomore Stefanie Rynkewitz (Lewistown/Lewistown), who is still bothered by a nagging injury, was 80th (20:23.79), while freshman Breanna Daum (Blue Mountain/Orwigsburg) was third for Juniata and 86th overall (20:29.88). Sophomore Juliana Hillegass (Shanksville Stonycreek/Berlin) took 139th (21:58.48). Rounding out the top five for Juniata was sophomore Suzie Gardner (South Western/Hanover), who took 143rd with a clocking of 22:02.27).

MEN'S SOCCER (2-11-3, 0-5-1 Commonwealth): Oct. 23, Messiah; Oct. 25, Waynesburg;
Oct. 27 at Pitt-Greenburg.
The Eagles were not in action this past week, but will return to competition on Tuesday at home against Messiah.

WOMEN'S SOCCER (6-11-1, 0-7 Commonwealth): Oct. 27 at Baptist Bible.
Juniata suffered a pair of setbacks during the past week. The Eagles fell at home to Commonwealth Conference rival Messiah on Wednesday, 6-0. The Falcons owned a 3-0 advantage at intermission. Freshmen goalkeepers Kira Troutman (Line Mountain/Valley View) and Lindsey Treon (Hollidaysburg/Duncansville) split time in goal. Troutman had eight saves in the first half, while Treon posted nine stops in the second stanza. On Saturday, Juniata lost on the road at conference foe Elizabethtown, 2-1. Freshman forward Rebecca Shoaf (Madison/Madison, NJ) gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead with just under 15 minutes left in regulation. It was her eighth net-finder of the year and that set a program record for goals in a single-season. Freshman midfielder Janine Smeltz (Line Mountain/Herndon) had the assist. The Blue Jays tallied twice under nine minutes to win the outing. Troutman went the distance in goal and made 14 saves.

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