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Juniata Football Team Back on Winning Track

(Posted October 21, 2002)

FOOTBALL (5-2, 4-2 MAC); Oct. 26 at Susquhanna*.
*MAC game.
Following two straight losses, and trailing 10-0 after the first quarter, the Juniata College offense erupted for 38 unanswered points and finished with the highest point total since the 2000 season as the Eagles topped Lebanon Valley 54-23. The win improved the Eagles' overall record to 5-2, and moved them to 4-2 in MAC play. Lebanon Valley remained winless overall and in the conference. Juniata relied on a powerful rushing attack featuring junior Craig Moshier (Coudersport/Coudersport), who rushed for a career-high 182 yards along with three touchdowns. It was two Moshier touchdown runs, one of 18 yards, and one 10 yards, along with a Dusty Lehr (Bermudian Springs/New Oxford) field goal that moved the Eagles in front 17-10. The Eagles then made a play on special teams as senior Jason Stouffer (Newport/Newport) blocked a punt and recovered the ball at the Lebanon Valley 25-yard line. Three plays later quarterback Greg Troutman (Meyersdale/Meyersdale) completed a seven-yard pass to Andrew Raup (Danville/Danville) to put Juniata on top by 14 heading into halftime.

The intermission did not slow down the Juniata offense as the Eagles scored three more times in the third quarter. An interception by linebacker Peter Thomas (Mechanicsburg/Mechanicsburg) gave the Eagles good field position again, and Juniata took advantage as John Boyer Jr. (Indian Valley/Belleville) scored on a five-yard scoring run. After a 21-yard punt by Lebanon Valley, Juniata drove 39 yards on four plays, ending with another Troutman touchdown pass, this one to Nate Leach (Shade/Central City). After Lebanon Valley finally got back into the end zone on a 41-yard scoring pass from Zach Buffington to Jarrod Way to make the score 38-17 in favor of Juniata, the Eagles answered right back with a nine-yard scoring run from Moshier. The run finished off a 67-yard drive that gave the Eagles a 45-17 lead. One of the only negatives for the day for Juniata came on that drive, as Troutman was helped off the field following an awkward tackle. However backup Jon Collins (Lewistown/Lewistown) came right into the game and completed a 40-yard pass to set up Moshier's final scoring run. Each team scored one more time in the final quarter, with Juniata scoring on a one-yard plunge by Collins. Lebanon Valley finished the game scoring on the final games final play as the Dutchmen's back-up quarterback took it himself for a six-yard score. Juniata finished with 385 yards gained on the ground, the first time since the 1981 season that the Eagles have gained more than 300 yards with the rushing attack. Moshier's 182 yards marks the first time since a 2001 battle against Susquehanna that an Eagle has topped the 150-tard mark on the ground. Juniata had not had a runner score three touchdowns on the ground since the 1996 season. Troutman finished his day 11-25 for 137 yards and two scores. He also ran for 87 yards. Defensively for Juniata, Fred Taber (Calvert Hall College/Bel Air, Md.) recorded one sack, and had five tackles for loss. Senior linebacker Matt Wharton (Cambria Heights/Dysart) led the Eagles with eight tackles. Stouffer added six tackles, one for a loss to go with his punt block. Mike Brown (South Williamsport/South Williamsport) had an interception for Juniata and Brandon Dieffenbach (Conrad Weiser/Robesonia), Ryan Hileman (Martinsburg Central/Martinsburg) and Paul Berry (North Hagerstown/Hagerstown, Md.) each recorded one sack.

MEN'S SOCCER (6-6-1, 2-3 Commonwealth): Oct. 24 vs. Pitt-Greensburg; Oct. 26 vs. Elizabethtown*.
*Commonwealth Conference match.
The Eagles fell in their only match of the week by a 3-1 score against Widener. The loss dealt a serious blow to the Eagles postseason chances. The game was extremely physical, as three red cards were handed out. Juniata played a man down for the entire second half. Jeff Gehring (Exeter Township/Reading) scored the only goal of the match for Juniata. Michael Alianiello (Altoona/Altoona) picked up the assist.

WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY (11-5, 2-2 Commonwealth): Oct. 24 at Susquehanna*; Oct. 26 at Albright*.
*Commonwealth Conference match.
The Eagles had an up-and-down week as they went 2-1 in their three matches. After dropping a match to conference opponent Messiah to start the week, the Eagles rebounded with a conference win against Moravian, and a win against tough non-conference foe Wittenberg, who was ranked 14th in the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Coaches Poll. Jamie Wallish (Northern Lebanon/Grantville) had the game-winning goal against Wittenberg. Dana Groff (Solanco/Quarryville) also scored in the Wittenberg match, with both goals being assisted by Marie Lobaugh (Biglerville/Aspers). Melonie Sappe' (Dallas/Shavertown) made three saves in the shutout. Four different Eagles found the net in the 4-1 victory over Moravian as Betsy Kusniez (Boyertown/Gilberstvile), Grace McCluskey (West Perry/Elliotsburg), Marcie White (Central Dauphin/Dauphin) and Rachel Taylor (West York/Johnstown) all got on the scoreboard in the win. Lobaugh and Billie Rickenbaugh (East Juniata/McAllisterville) added assists. Wallish had the only goal in the loss to Messiah, the goal was assisted by Rickenbaugh. With the two wins, Juniata is now one win away from tying the record for the most wins in a season for a Juniata field hockey team.

WOMEN'S SOCCER (7-5-2, 1-3 Commonwealth): Oct. 26 vs. Widener*.
* Commonwealth Conference Match.
Juniata won its only match of the week 2-1 in overtime over Pitt-Greensburg. Rebecca Shoaf (Madison/Madison, N.J.) scored the game winner in overtime. It was Shoaf's team-leading fifth goal of the season. Sarah Lester (Thomas Jefferson/Jefferson Hills) scored early in the first half to give Juniata the lead. Niki McLellan (Parkland/Hanover) assisted on Lester's goal, and Lauren Smith (Emmaus/Zionsville) assisted on the game winner. The win gave Juniata seven for the season which sets a new school record for the most wins in the history of the women's soccer program.

CROSS COUNTRY: Oct. 26 at Gettysburg Invitational

The Juniata cross country teams were in action at the DeSales Invitational this past week. The meet featured all of the MAC schools that the Eagles will see in two weeks at the MAC Championship. The Juniata men placed 10th in the junior varsity race, while the women finished 18th out of 38 schools in their competition. Will Cantara (West Branch/Allport) paced the men's squad placing 12th in meet. For the women Katey Glunt (Bellefonte/Bellefonte) led the team with a 69th-place finish.


WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (22-2, 6-0 Commonwealth): Oct. 23 vs. Elizabethtown*; Oct. 25-26 Guisler Invitational at Juniata. *Commonwealth Conference match
The Juniata volleyball team continued to roll as they picked up four wins on the week. A 3-1 victory in California over Redlands started the week. Juniata then had a pair of 3-0 victories over conference foes Susquehanna and Lebanon Valley, and then pulled-out a 3-2 win over Wellesley. The two conference wins improved Juniata's conference winning streak to 251. For the week Erin Wisor (Altoona/Altoona) paced the offense with 51 kills. Katie Charles (Manheim Township/Lancaster) added 50 kills of her own, and Niki Mueller (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) and Katie Laucks (West York/York) had 40 and 37 kills respectively. Mueller and Laucks also played solid on the defensive side as Laucks had 12 blocks and Mueller added 11. Johanna Holtan (Fargo North/Fargo, N.D.) had a team-leading 80 digs on the week, while Lindsey Habel (Glen Oak/Canton, Ohio) added 41 digs of her own. Carli Dale (Cochranton/Cochranton) led the team with 191 total assists in the four matches.

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