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Craig Moshier Sets Rushing Record in Juniata Loss

(Posted November 18, 2002)

FOOTBALL (5-5, 4-5 Commonwealth):
It was a record-breaking day for the Juniata Eagles football team. Unfortunately, the day did not end with a Juniata victory in the team's season-ending clash with Lycoming. Junior running back Craig Moshier (Coudersport/Coudersport) broke the school record for rushing yards in a game and a season with his 222-yard performance. The record-breaking performance came in a losing effort as the Eagles dropped their season finale 55-24 against Lycoming. The loss dropped Juniata's record to 5-5 on the season, and the Eagles finished 4-5 in the MAC. Moshier has been a constant for the Eagles this season, particularly over the second-half of the season. The diminutive back has topped the 100-yard mark in four straight games, the first Eagle back to achieve that feat since the 1990 season. His 222 yards broke Dennis DeRenzo's team record of 213 for a single game also set in the 1990 season. And Moshier cleared DeRenzo out of the record book as he gained a total of 1,177 yards rushing this season, which broke the previous record of 1,173. The day started badly for the Eagle team, however, as Lycoming jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. The Eagles responded with a 61-yard scoring run from Moshier, which put him over 1,000 yards for the season. A failed conversion attempt left the score at 14-6 in favor of the Warriors. Lycoming responded with 14 more points to push their lead to 28-6. The Eagles were not done fighting yet, as quarterback Greg Troutman (Meyersdale/Meyersdale) completed a scoring pass to Nate Leach (Shade/Central City) to cut the lead to 28-12. Lycoming responded again, this time with a score right before the half to head into the locker room leading 35-12.
The second-half for Juniata was all about Moshier, as the Eagles fed the running back the ball in an effort to climb back into the game. Moshier responded by rushing for 122 yards and two scores after intermission, but the Eagles could not climb much closer. The game saw Lycoming out-gain the Eagles 536 to 377. Juniata could put together only 117 yards passing, and were forced into three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
For the game, Troutman finished 6-22 for 76 yards and a touchdown. Leach led Eagle receivers with three catches for 32 yards and a score. Jared Lucas (Upper Dauphin/Elizabethville) led the Eagles in receiving yards on the strength of a 38-yard bomb he reeled in from back-up quarterback Jon Collins (Lewistown/Lewistown). Defensively for the Eagles, Peter Thomas (Mechanicsburg/Mechanicsburg) led the team with 10 tackles, one for a loss. Bill Bishop (Punxsutawney/Punxsutawney), Jason Stouffer (Newport/Newport) and Matt Garner (Bellwood-Antis/Tyrone) each had seven tackles. Paul Evans (Huntingdon/Huntingdon) picked off his seventh pass of the season, and Fred Taber (Calvert Hall College/Bel Air, Md.) and Byron Latterner (Penn Cambria/Gallitzin) each had a sack. The Eagles finished with a 5-5 record for the second-consecutive season.

CROSS COUNTRY:

The men's and women's cross country teams competed at the NCAA Mid-East Regional this weekend, with the men's team placing 23rd out of 34 schools, while the women ran home in 22nd place in the 34-team field. Michelle Palmer (Littlestown/Littlestown) led the Eagles with a 68th-place finish. Coming in second for Juniata was Stefanie Rynkewitz (Lewistown/Lewistown) who placed 88th. Freshman Katey Glunt (Bellefonte/Bellefonte) came across the line in 150th, Linda Maus (Woodland Hills/Pittsburgh) was 160th and Carol Longnecker rounded out the top-five with a 174th-place finish. On the men's side, Chris Sheaffer (Central York/York) paced the unit crossing the tape in 91st position. Will Cantara (West Branch/Allport) was next in 103rd place. Justin Fritzius (Central York/York) was 129th, Jeremy Lampert (Portsmouth/Portsmouth, N.H.) was 181st and David Boswer (Brentsville District/Nokesville, Va.) finished in 205th place.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (32-4, 7-0 Commonwealth): Nov. 23 vs. Williams at NCAA Quarterfinals at Juniata
*Commonwealth Conference match
Juniata advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 23rd straight season as the tem swept two matches in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. The Eagles topped Gettysburg 30-17, 30-17, 30-20 and then defeated King's 30-22, 30-21, 30-21 in the regional championship. Juniata was led offensively by senior Niki Mueller (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) who pounded out 19 kills with an astonishing .615 hitting percentage. Setter Carli Dale was also strong in the two matches, passing out 89 assists with 15 kills, 18 digs and three blocks. Libero Johanna Holtan (Fargo North/Fargo, N.D.) also provided a spark for the Eagles, turning in 53 digs for the week. Sophomore Katie Charles (Manheim Townsip/Lancaster) had 23 kills in the regional, with a hitting percentage of .438, while adding a team-high five blocks. Katie Laucks (West York/York) had four blocks of her own, along with 17 kills. Erin Wisor (Altoona/Altoona) was another Eagle who reached the 20-kill plateau, she hammered home 20 kills, and had two serve aces. Lindsey Habel (Glen Oak/Canton, Ohio) did a little bit of everything, with eight kills and 15 digs. Lauren Beasley (Valencia/Valencia, Ca.) led the team with five aces. Juniata will now take on Williams College who won the New England Regional. Juniata will be looking for its seventh-consecutive trip to the NCAA Semifinals.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING (2-1, 1-1 MAC): Nov. 23 vs. Scranton*
*MAC Opponent
The Eagles had two strong performances over the weekend as they topped Lebanon Valley, and dropped a closely competitive meet with Albright. The Eagles set several pool records against Lebanon Valley, and had a swimmer place first in nearly every event en route to a 107-89 victory. The Lebanon Valley meet saw a bevy of Eagles earn first-place finishes. The 400-meter medley relay team placed first and set a new pool record. Kimberly Dierolf (Boyertown Area/Barto) placed first in the 800-meter freestyle. In the 200-meter freestyle sophomore Katy Trainor (Upper Merion/King of Prussia) finished first. A new pool record was established by Cindy Long (Emmaus/Emmaus) in the 200-meter fly, and the Eagles set another pool record in the 400-meter freestyle relay. The Albright meet saw some solid performances by Eagle swimmers. The 200-meter freestyle relay team placed first, as did Kim Allen (Susquehanna Twp./Harrisburg) in the 100 breaststroke. And Cindy Long continued her strong weekend performance by setting a new Juniata varsity record in the 1,000-meter freestyle.

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