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Injuries Take Toll on Juniata's Football Fortunes

(Posted November 10, 2003)

FOOTBALL (2-7, 2-6 MAC): Nov. 15 at FDU-Florham*.
*MAC Opponent

Juniata played an outstanding first half of football and was in position to earn one of their biggest wins of the season this past Saturday, but an injury completely swung momentum away from Juniata as the Eagles fell to King?s by a 41-16 score. Juniata led 16-14 at the half after a great first-half effort from freshman Michael Meadows (Hollidaysburg/Duncansville) who was making his first career start. Meadows rushed for 175 yards on 13 carries in the first half, and scored a touchdown. But he suffered a broken leg on the first series of the second half, and the Eagle offense struggled to move the ball consistently for the rest of the game. The contest did see another record established for Juniata running back Craig Moshier (Coudersport/Coudersport). With an 85-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Moshier became the first Juniata runner to top the 1,000-yard mark in back-to-back seasons. He is only the second Eagle to rush for 1,000 yards or more twice in a career. Moshier finished the day with 133 yards rushing on 28 carries. Along with his 175 yards rushing, Meadows was also three of eight passing for 13 yards. Reserve quarterback Travis Lee (Williamsburg/Williamsburg) completed eight passes in 13 attempts for 68 yards during his action in the third and fourth quarter. Allan Barch (Brookville/Brookville) was Juniata?s top receiver with three catches for 38 yards. Moshier also had three catches as he gained 17 yards receiving for the game.

Thomas Siegfried (Knoch/Butler) led the Juniata defense with nine tackles. Peter Thomas (Mechanicsburg/Mechanicsburg) and Bill Bishop (Punxsutawney/Punxsutawney) each had seven tackles in the game, with Thomas adding a fumble recovery. Paul Berry (North Hagerstown/Hagerstown, Md.) had five tackles and Juniata?s only sack.

WOMEN?S VOLLEYBALL (36-0, 7-0 Commonwealth): Nov. 13-15 NCAA Regionals at Juniata.

The Juniata women?s volleyball team opened the postseason with 3-0 victories in the Commonwealth Conference semifinals and finals two earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It marks the 23rd consecutive season in which the Eagles have earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Freshman Stephanie Kines (Towson/Towson, Md.) led the offensive charge for Juniata as she matched a career high with 17 kills in the semifinal win over Susquehanna, then had 13 kills on 14 swings in the championship match against Moravian. Kines also turned back a career high six blocks in the win over Moravian. Katie Charles (Manheim Township/Lancaster) was also in double figures against Susquehanna as she added 10 kills and 10 digs. Johanna Holtan (Fargo North/Fargo, N.D.) led the defense with 15 digs, while Lindsey Habel (Glen Oak/Canton, Ohio) notched 12 digs for Juniata. Carli Dale (Cochranton/Cochranton) passed out 44 assists against Susquehanna while tossing in five serve aces. Dale then dished out 36 assists against Moravian, while recording 13 digs. Charles had a strong defensive game against Moravian with a team-best 14 digs while adding four blocks. Melissa Berdine (Pine-Richland/Gibsonia) had a pair of aces against Moravian.

FIELD HOCKEY (15-7, 4-3 Commonwealth):
*Commonwealth Conference postseason match.

The Eagles earned a 2-1 victory over Lebanon Valley in the Commonwealth Conference semifinals, before falling 5-0 to Messiah in the Commonwealth Championship match. Grace McCluskey (West Perry/Elliotsburg) scored both goals in the win over Lebanon Valley, as Juniata claimed their first-ever win against the Flying Dutchmen in Annville. It was the second time this season that Juniata had defeated Lebanon Valley, after Juniata entered the season never having earned a victory against them. Jean Silvey (Red Lion/Airville) assisted on the game-winning goal in the semifinal match, and Melonie Sappe? (Dallas/Shavertown) recorded six saves in the match for the Blue and Gold. Though Juniata?s hopes for the program?s first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament fell short after the loss to Messiah, Juniata may still be in position for a berth in the ECAC postseason.

WOMEN?S SWIMMING: Nov. 15 at Lebanon Valley* and Drew* (Tri-meet)
*Middle Atlanta Conference opponents

Competing in their first non-invitational of the season, the Juniata College women?s swimming team earned victories over Arcadia and Goucher at a tri-meet Saturday afternoon. Juniata moves to 2-0 as they topped Goucher 63-32 and rolled past Arcadia 71-23.The meet featured seven Eagles establishing new personal bests in a variety of events. Juniata claimed had the top finisher in eight of the events. The Juniata quartet of Amy Sutherland (Norwich/Norwich, N.Y.), Kim Allen (Susquehanna Twp./Harrisburg), Laura Rawson (Richard Montgomery/Rockville, Md.) and Kathy Trainor (Upper Merion/King of Prussia) swam to a first-place finish in the 400-yard Medley Relay. Allen also placed first in the 400-yard IM. Trainor also captured a first-place finish as she touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle. Amy Hanson (Lancaster Catholic/Elizabethtown) finished second in the 50 freestyle behind Trainor. Sutherland finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke. Andrea Nulton (Tyrone Area/Tyrone) captured a pair of first-place finishes as she led the field in both the 100 and 200-yard freestyles. Kim Dierolf (Boyertown Area/Barto) was tops in the 1000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle to cap Juniata?s top finishes. Along with the first-place finishes the Eagles recorded runner-up finishes in nearly each event.

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