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Eagles Football Team Unable to Overcome Early Deficit

(Posted November 4, 2003)

FOOTBALL (2-6, 2-5 MAC): Nov. at King?s*.
*MAC Opponent

The Juniata College football team played Lycoming to a standstill for three quarters, but could not overcome an early deficit as they dropped a 28-14 decision to the Warriors. After surrendering 21 points in the first quarter, and then falling behind 28-0 early in the third quarter, Juniata rallied with 14 points before running out of time. Juniata got their first score as D.J. Dunmire (Camp Hill/Camp Hill) retuned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown. It was the first interception, and touchdown of Dunmire?s career. It was also Juniata?s first defensive score of the season. The Eagles got their second tally with just over a minute remaining as reserve quarterback Michael Meadows (Hollidaysburg/Duncansville) led Juniata on an eight-play 94 yard drive, capped by a six-yard scoring pass to Allan Barch (Brookville/Brookville). It was Barch?s first scoring catch of the season, and Meadows? second touchdown pass. Juniata got 81 yards rushing from Craig Moshier (Coudersport/Coudersport) who is now 47 yards shy of rushing for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Quarterback Greg Troutman (Meyersdale/Meyersdale) completed 11 of 31 passes for 114 yards, while Meadows completed all four of his tosses for 64 yards. Jared Lucas (Upper Dauphin/Elizabethville) led Juniata with 58 yards receiving on three completions, all of them coming on the final scoring drive. John Boyer (Indian Valley/Belleville) also had three grabs for 28 yards, while Moshier topped the 100 all-purpose yards with 27 yards receiving on three catches.

Matt Garner (Bellwood-Antis/Tyrone) was one of three Eagles with 10 or more tackles, as he made 11 stops. Ryan Hileman (Central/Williamsburg) and Peter Thomas (Mechanicsburg/Mechanicsburg) each had 10 tackles, with Thomas recording two tackles for a loss. Bill Bishop (Punxsutawney/Punxsutawney) had nine tackles and a sack for Juniata. Frederick Wall (Big Spring/Newville) also had a sack among his seven tackles. Jesse Leonard (Shade/Johnstown) punted six times for an average of 46 yards per punt.

WOMEN?S SOCCER (7-10-2, 1-4-2 Commonwealth):

Juniata closed out their season with a pair of tough conference losses. Juniata ends their season with seven wins, tying the previous program best for wins in a season. Juniata has won seven matches in back-to-back seasons. In a 5-0 loss to Elizabethtown last week, goalkeeper Lindsey Treon (Hollidaysburg/Duncansville) made nine saves, matching her second-highest save total of the season. The junior keeper then added six saves in a 2-0 set-back to Moravian. Treon ended the season with 88 saves, and a 1.96 goals against average. Nikki McLellan (Parkland/Hanover) finished the season with a team-best 25 points. McLellan registered seven goals and 11 assists on the season. Amy Tyler (Altoona/Altoona) was tops on the Juniata team with eight goals. Juniata out-scored their opponents 45-37 for the season.

MEN?S SOCCER (2-14-1, 1-6 Commonwealth):

Juniata dropped their final two matches of the season, both in highly-contested fashion. The Eagles lost a 5-0 decision against Elizabethtown, a team ranked in the top-five in the nation. The match was tight through much of the game, before a red card infraction forced Juniata to play a man down for much of the second half. In his first start of the season Nathan Pugh (Shippensburg/Shippensburg) made 10 saves in net for Juniata. In a 3-1 loss to Moravian, Juniata trailed 1-0 until Rob Bowser (Dallastown/York) scored his third goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. Michael Alianiello (Altoona/Altoona) assisted on Bowser?s tally. Tim Penrod (Moravia, Moravia, N.Y.) has a pair of saves in net for Juniata. Jeff Gehring (Exeter-Township/Reading) finished the season as Juniata?s leader in goals and point. Gehring scored seven goals, and had 15 points on the season. Bowser led the team with three assists.

WOMEN?S VOLLEYBALL (34-0, 6-0 Commonwealth): Nov. 5 vs. Susquehanna*;
Nov. 8 vs. Commonwealth Championship*. *Commonwealth postseason match.

Juniata finished the regular season with a perfect 34-0 record after sweeping a pair of matches on the week. Juniata closed their conference season by topping Susquehanna 3-0, then finished the regular campaign by earning a 3-0 win over Indiana (Pa.). Danielle Hart (Central/Roaring Spring) led Juniata with 11 kills in the match against Susquehanna. Katie Charles (Manheim Township/Lancaster) was just shy of double figures with nine kills. Charles also added a team-high four blocks, tying Jenn Habel (Glen Oak/Canton, Ohio) who also had four blocks on the match. Johanna Holtan (Fargo North/Fargo, N.D.) and Lauren Beasley (Valencia/Valencia, Ca.) each brought up a team-best 12 digs in the outing. Melissa Berdine (Pine-Richland/Gibsonia) dished out 25 assists from the setter spot. Lindsey Habel (Glen Oak/Canton, Ohio) led the team with four serve aces. Against Indiana, Katie Laucks (West York/York) spurred the Eagles with a solid all-around effort. Laucks finished 12 kills, had five aces and recoded a block in Juniata?s 3-0 win. Lindsey Habel was in double figures with 10 kills, as was Hart who added another 10 finishes. Holtan led the team with 13 digs, while Charles had a pair of blocks and a pair of aces. Juniata finished the regular season unbeaten for only the second time in the school?s history.

MEN?S AND WOMEN?S CROSS COUNTRY: Nov. 15 at NCAA Mid-East Regional
Juniata College got solid performances from both its men?s and women?s cross country teams at the MAC cross country championships. The Eagle women used a balanced team-effort to finish fourth out of the 13-team field. The fourth-place finish is the second-highest finish for the women?s team during the 11-year tenure of coach Jon Cutright.
On the men?s side, the Eagles placed eighth out of the 11 teams. Nancy Hayes (Westminster/Westminster, Md.) paced Juniata as she came across the line in a time of 25:50.02, which was good for 16th place. Right behind her in 17th position was Katey Glunt (Bellefonte/Bellefonte), just seven seconds behind her teammate. Juniata placed two more runners in the top-25 as Stefanie Rynkewitz (Lewistown/Lewistown) finished 22nd and Lauren Gates (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) finished 24th. Lia Bella (Morris Catholic/Rockaway, N.J.) rounded out the top-five with her 33rd-place finish. Bella came across the line in a time of 27:06.75, about 76 seconds behind the Eagles front-runner.Chris Sheaffer (Central York/York) was the top finisher for Juniata as he overcame heatstroke to finish 25th overall. Sheaffer finished the course in a time of 28:37.14. Justin Fritzius (Central York/York) was Juniata?s second finisher as he finished 33rd in the meet. Mike Vella (Hollidaysburg/Hollidaysburg) was third for Juniata as he finished 39th overall. Will Cantara (West Branch/Winburne) came home in 49th place. Joshua Leasure (Mt. Lebanon/Pittsburgh) finished 61st to round out Juniata?s top-five. None of Juniata?s top-five finishers on the men?s race are upperclassmen.

FIELD HOCKEY (14-6, 4-3 Commonwealth): Nov. 5 at Lebanon Valley*; Nov. 8 at Conference Championships*.
*Commonwealth Conference postseason match.

Juniata earned their second victory of the season over a nationally ranked team, and earned the team?s first conference postseason berth since 1990. The Eagles topped Montclair State, a team ranked eighth in the nation, as Juniata won the match on penalty strokes. Neither team could find the goal through 100 minutes of regulation and sudden-death overtime. Then Betsey Kusniez (Boyertown/Gilbertsville) connected on Juniata?s fourth penalty stroke and Melonie Sappe? (Dallas/Shavertown) stopped the final Montclair State effort, to give Juniata the 1-0 win. Sappe? made five saves during the match, not including the four penalty strokes she stopped to seal the Juniata win. The Eagles dropped their other match of the week, a 1-0 loss at the hands of Susquehanna. But despite the loss, Juniata earned a spot in the conference postseason as the third seed. Sappe? had one save in the match against Susquehanna. Juniata will play Lebanon Valley this Wednesday in the conference semifinals. Juniata topped the Flying Dutchmen 1-0 earlier in the season.

WOMEN?S SWIMMING: Nov. 8 at Arcadia and Goucher (Tri-meet)

Juniata swam at the MAC Invitational Relay meet this past Saturday. The meet featured mixed relay teams of men and women. With their all-women squad, Juniata finished second at the meet with 234 points. Among the team?s best showings was a second-place finish in the mixed 400-yard Breaststroke relay and a third-place finish in the mixed 800-yard freestyle relay.

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