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Juniata Football Team Ends season with 5-5 Record

(Posted November 13, 2001)


FOOTBALL (5-5, 4-5 MAC): season complete.
On Saturday, Juniata lost to its second nationally-ranked opponent in the past two weeks with a 42-14 loss at home to Middle Atlantic Conference foe Lycoming, which was rated 13th in the lasted American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll. The Eagles owned a 14-0 lead after one quarter in their season-ending contest, but surrendered 14 unanswered points to the Warriors, who have an 11-game unbeaten string in the series. Freshman quarterback Greg Troutman (Meyersdale/Meyersdale) was 21 of 43 on the day for 234 yards and two touchdown passes. He hit junior wide receiver Nate Leach (Shade/Central City) with a six-yard scoring strike to open the game, and then found senior wider receiver Josh Chubb (Laurel/Laurel, MD) with a seven-yard touchdown dart with 33 seconds left in the opening stanza. Troutman also led the ground game for Juniata with 54 yards on 10 attempts. Freshman wide receiver John Woodward (East Pennsboro/Enola) had a personal-best six catches for 75 yards on the day, while senior wide receiver Lucas Kelleher (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) posted five snags for 89 yards and caught a two-point conversion pass. Chubb added three receptions for 22 yards to the mix. Troutman finished the year with Juniata single-season records for completions (228), attempts (464) and total offensive yards (3,122). His 2,799 passing yards and 25 touchdown passes this fall rank second on College Hill campaign chart. Kelleher and Leach both had 52 receptions in 2001 and that ties for 10th on the single-season list at Juniata, while Kelleher's 914 yards receiving is the fifth-highest mark in the blue and gold one-year history book and Leach's 807 yards is 10th on the same ledger. Kelleher ends his Juniata tenure ranked seventh in career receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,707). Leach will enter his senior year in 2002 sitting in sixth place in all-time catches on College Hill (116) and eighth in receiving yards (1,650). Defensively, sophomore free safety Brett Merrell (Danville/Danville) had a career-best 22 tackles to lead all defenders on Saturday. Senior outside linebacker Jason Stouffer (Newport/Newport) had 12 stops, including a sack and two pass breakups. Senior inside linebackers Sean Reed (Muncy/Muncy) and Josh Seiders (Wyomissing/Wyomissing Hills) each had 10 tackles in the game. Seiders, who also had a sack and two tackles for lost yardage, set a single-season record for tackles at Juniata with his 135 stops this fall.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (28-8, 7-0 Commonwealth): Nov. 17, NCAA Quarterfinals at Trinity (TX).
Juniata, ranked seventh in this past week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Poll, entered the NCAA playoffs for the 21st consecutive year this past weekend when it participated as the Mid-Atlantic Regional top-seeded team at Gettysburg. The Eagles received a bye in the first round but then defeated fourth-seeded Eastern (Pa.), 30-20, 30-14, 30-25 on Friday in the regional semifinals. Senior outside hitter Brandy Workinger (Dallastown/Dallastown) spent time in the front row for the first time since suffering an ankle injury on October 19. She responded with a team-high 13 kills, 17 digs and four aces. Sophomore opposite Danielle Hart (Central/Roaring Spring) had 13 kills as well and posted two digs and two assists. Sophomore outside hitter Johanna Holtan (Fargo North/Fargo, ND) had 10 kills and eight digs, while freshman setter Carli Dale (Cochranton/Cochranton) had 42 assists and 11 digs. Junior middle hitter Niki Mueller (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) had seven kills and a block. On Saturday, the Eagles needed just 1:07 to secure their 21st consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III women's volleyball quarterfinal round with a 30-20, 30-19, 30-13 win over a Catholic in the regional finals. Juniata will receive word on where next Saturday's NCAA quarterfinal match will early this week. The Mid-Atlantic Region is paired with the South Region this year and Trinity (TX) won that region on Saturday evening. Mueller had a team-best 17 kills, a .500 hitting percentage, two blocks and one dig. Hart had 12 kills, hit .303 for the match and posted a club-high six aces to go with two digs and a block. Holtan had 12 kills, a .440 hitting percentage, 10 digs and a block, while Dale had 43 assists and 10 digs. Freshman middle hitter Erin Wisor (Altoona/Altoona) chipped in with seven kills, a .385 hitting mark, and two rejections. Workinger had a team-high 14 digs.

MEN'S & WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: season complete.
Juniata traveled to Lehigh on Saturday to take part in the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regional. The Juniata men placed 24th out of the 31 teams in attendance with 719 points, while the Eagle women took 25th in a field of 34 squads and tallied 689 markers. Haverford won the men's race with just 22 points, while Moravian earned the women's crown with 27 points. Juniata's freshman Justin Norris (Warren/Warren) led the blue and gold harriers and posted a time of 28:43.74 to place 118th at an event that consisted of 220 participants. Freshman Will Cantara (West Branch/Allport) took 124th for the Eagles and was clocked at 28:48.36, while freshman Jason Freeman (Thornton/Thornton, CO) placed 143rd (29:16.16). Sophomore Jasen Lawrence (AuSable Valley/Upper Jay, NY), who was 186th (30:55.43), and freshman Chris Thompson (Topeka West/Topeka, KS), who was 192nd (31:26.12), completed the scoring five for the Eagles. The Eagle women were led by sophomore Stefanie Rynkewitz (Lewistown/Lewistown), who placed 99th in a field of 235 participants with a time of 20:45.95. Junior Michele Palmer (Littlestown/Littlestown) was 103rd (20:48.58), while freshman Breanna Daum (Blue Mountain/Orwigsburg) was third for Juniata and 134th overall (21:19.86). Sophomore Suzie Gardner (South Western/Hanover) took 184th with a clocking of 22:54.87, while sophomore Jessica Collins (Brunswick/Jefferson, MD) was 193rd (23:09.53).

WOMEN'S SWIMMING (0-2): Nov. 17 at Lebanon Valley w/Drew.
Juniata The Juniata College women's swimming team, under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Villa, began the 2001-02 dual-meet home season on Saturday afternoon and lost to Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) power, Albright College, 111.5 - 88.5. Sophomore Kim Allen (Susquehanna Township/Harrisburg) took top honors in the 200-meter individual medley (2:34.93) and the 100-meter breaststroke (1:18.47). Freshman Heidi Blasenak (Central Dauphin/Harrisburg) placed first in the 800-meter freestyle (10:18.04), while the 200-meter relay squad of Blasenak, freshman Kathleen Trainor (Upper Merion/King of Prussia) freshman Dana Gais (Kiski/Saltsburg) and freshman Beth Ann Bono (Hempfield Central/Greensburg) took first as well (1:59.01). On Sunday, Juniata traveled to Lock Haven for a tri-meet and lost both outings. The Eagles fell to Lycoming, 96-26, and lost to Lock Haven, 75-47.

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