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Juniata Football Team Improves record to 2-0

(Posted September 16, 2002)

FOOTBALL (2-0, 1-0 MAC); Sept. 21, vs. Albright*
*MAC game.
Juniata improved its record to 2-0 with the Eagles second-straight road victory. The Eagles topped MAC opponent FDU-Florham 30-13. Greg Troutman (Meyersdale/Meyersdale) threw for 263 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 74 yards and two more scores to pace the offense. Troutman had touchdown runs of two and four yards. Andre Raup (Danville/Danville) found himself on the receiving end of six Troutman throws for a career-high 115 yards. One of those catches a 40-yard leaping catch at the sideline, set up the final Juniata touchdown. Freshman Chase Steffy (Ello/Richland) also got in the receiving act, catching six balls for 66 yards and his first career touchdown. The two teams exchanged leads throughout the second and third quarter until Troutman put Juniata on top 20-13 on a 33-yard touchdown pass to Steffy. The Eagles added a field goal and another touchdown while holding the Devils to 57 yards of offense in the final 26:56 of the game. Freshman Peter Thomas (Mechanicsburg/Mechanicsburg) led the team with nine tackles. Linebacker Matt Wharton (Dysart/Cambria Heights) recorded eight tackles including two sacks. Fred Taber (Bel Air, MD/Calvert Hall College) also had two sacks, and Bill Bishop (Punxsutawney/Punxsutawney), Paul Evans (Huntingdon/Huntingdon) and Stephen Parsons (Beaver Falls/Beaver Falls) each had an interception.

MEN'S SOCCER (1-3-1, 0-1 Commonwealth): Sept. 18 vs. Lycoming; Sept. 21 at Moravian*
*Commonwealth Conference match.
The Juniata men's soccer team dropped its only match of the week on the road at Lebanon Valley. The game was the conference opener for the men's team, who were looking to follow up their success at the SUNY Fredonia tournament the previous weekend. The Eagles struck first on a goal by Jeff Gehring (Reading/Exeter Township) but then surrendered three unanswered goals and lost by a 3-1 score. Joel Abe (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) assisted on the lone Eagle goal which moved him into a tie for the most points on the team. Gehring is tied with Abe and senior Nick Ayres (Clearfield/Clearfield) for the team lead in goals. Making his return to the net after a two game absence, Chris Zimmerman (Johnstown/Westmont Hilltop) turned away six Lebanon Valley shots.


WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (10-1, 2-0 Commonwealth): Sept. 28, at Princteon.
The Eagle volleyball team had a busy week, playing six matches and finishing with a 5-1 record. Juniata started the week by sweeping a two conference matches against Widener and Albright. The squad then traveled to the Mercyhurst Invitational where they went 3-1 finishing the tournament in second place. Johanna Holtan (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North) earned all-tournament honors for her defensive play. Holtan averaged 17.75 digs per match. Also earning an all-tournament nod was setter Carli Dale (Cochranton/Cochranton). Dale recorded 196 assists and added 49 digs in the four matches. Freshman Katie Laucks (York/West York) had a strong weekend offensively, highlighted by her team-leading 23 kills in Juniata?s loss to Lake Superior State. Juniata does not compete again until Sept. 28.

WOMEN'S SOCCER (3-2-1, 0-0 Commonwealth): Sept. 18 vs. Seton Hill; Sept. 21, at Moravian*.
* Commonwealth Conference Match.
Juniata played two matches this past week, and couldn't break into the win column as they tied one and lost one. After falling behind Penn State-Altoona 2-0 in the first half, the Eagles rallied back with two goals in the second half to earn the draw. Juniata had 23 shots compared to Penn State-Altoona?s two. The goals were scored by Rebecca Shoaf (Madison, NJ/Madison) and Amy Tyler (Altoona/Altoona). Both players have three goals on the season which leads the team. Juniata could not manage to add to their goal total when they traveled to play Lebanon Valley and open up their Commonwealth Conference season. The Eagles lost the match 4-0.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (1-3, 1-1 Commonwealth): Sept. 16, vs. Penn State-Altoona; Sept. 18 vs. Lebanon Valley*; Sept. 21, at Albright*. * Commonwealth Conference Match.
After a slow start to the week in which they lost a tough 5-4 match to Clarion, and then fell 8-1 to Indiana (Penn.) the Eagles responded by sweeping conference foe Widener 9-0. It was the first win of the season for the Eagles. Liz Osche (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) won her match at No. 1 singles and doubles. Osche and her doubles partner Jenn Thompson (Pittsfor, NY/Pittsford) won the Eagles only point against Indiana.

CROSS COUNTRY: Sept. 21 at Elizabethtown Invitational.
The men's and women's cross-country teams were in action at St. Francis this weekend. In the dual meet, St. Francis topped Juniata by a 15-50 score in the men's race, and 16-46 in the women's run. Michele Palmer (Littlestown/Littlestown) turned in the top performance for the Juniata women, as she covered the five-kilometer course in 13:28, good for a fifth-place finish. Also in the top ten for the women was Stephanie Rynkewitz (Lewistown/Lewistown) who finished seventh with a time of 13:40. None of the Juniata men finished in the top ten.

WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY (4-2, 0-0 Commonwealth): Sept. 19 vs. Elizabethtown.
After starting the season 4-0 and climbing to No. 15 in the NCAA Division III Field Hockey poll, the Eagles lost two tough matches this week. Juniata lost 3-2 in overtime to Division II Indiana (Penn.) in the middle of the week, and then dropped a game 1-0 to Dickinson. Billie Rickenbaugh (McAlisterville/East Juniata) scored both goals in the Indiana game, giving her four on the season. Grace McCluskey (Elliotsburg/West Perry) had the only assist. Melonie Sappe' (Shavertown/Dallas) made 10 saves in the loss to Indiana and turned away one shot in the loss to Dickinson. The Eagles have still outscored their opponents 20-6 on the season and are averaging more than three goals per game.

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