Centre's men's cross country, volleyball teams win

September 05, 2004

The Centre College men's cross country team opened its season by winning the Sewanee Invitational Saturday at Sewanee, Tenn.

Centre placed three runners in the top 10 and scored 52 points to best Emory by six points in the 14-team meet. Centre coach Lisa Owens said it was the program's first-ever win over Emory, the defending regional champion.

"It shocked a lot of people, as well as ourselves a little bit," Owens said.

Freshman Nate Blank finished fifth, sophomore Eric Hack was sixth and junior Mark Noll was ninth for a young Centre team that had one other freshman and two other sophomores among its top six runners.

"For the first time we've got tremendous depth, and we've got tremendous youth and talent to go along with it," Owens said. "We had a good day, but we've got so much room for improvement. We're going to get better."


The Centre women were third among 17 teams, led by Eileen Schilling in fourth place.

"We were pleased with the place, but not necessarily with the times and finishes," Owens said.


Team scores - 1. Centre 52; 2. Emory 58; 3. Rhodes 79; 4. Jacksonville State 91; 5. Tennessee Tech 194; 6. Sewanee 196; 7. North Alabama 205; 8. Lincoln Memorial 225; 9. Lee 240; 10. Reinhardt 249; 11. Covenant 292; 12. Cumberland (Tenn.) 360; 13. Tennessee Wesleyan 403; 14. Maryville (Tenn.) 406.

Centre runners - 5. Nate Blank 27:09; 6. Eric Hack 27:10; 10. Mark Noll 27:27; 14. John Thompson 27:36; 17. Anthony Lipppert 27:51; 20. Andy Newsom 28:07; 27. Patrick Malarkey 28:23; 30. John Schuler 28:32; 37. Jeff Briggs 28:48; 43. Matt Lally 28:56; 46. Michael Haworth 29:02; 52. Matt Burton 29:31; 71. Drew Patrick 30:25; 98. Josh Frederick 31:37; 108. Eric Gibbons 32:31; 114. Matt Niehaus 32:58.


Team scores - 1. Emory 33; 2. Rhodes 65; 3. Centre 136; 4. (tie) Tennessee Tech and Sewanee 172; 6. North Alabama 194; 7. Jacksonville State 195; 8. Lee 205; 9. Covenant 230; 10. Reinhardt 256; 11. Agnes Scott 268; 12. Lincoln Memorial 313; 13. Tennessee Wesleyan 343; 14. Maryville (Tenn.) 384; 15. Oglethorpe 392; 16. LaGrange 433; 17. Spelman 531.

Centre runners - 4. Eileen Schilling 19:11; 20. Lauren Arnold 20:26; 28. Jessica Droste 21:00; 46. Kristie Kachler 21:52; 54. Abby Winterberg 22:20; 57. Samantha Mahaffey 22:29; 66. Tiffany Lousignant 22:53; 75. Sarah Jordan 23:08; 77. Kara Nelson 23:17; 85. Diane Thomas 23:38.


At Richmond, Ind., Centre went 3-0 in pool play, then defeated Wilmington in four games to win Earlham's Coca-Cola Quaker Classic.

The Colonels claimed the title with a 28-30, 30-19, 30-17, 30-17 victory over Wilmington, after which Sarah Burger and libero Megan McElveen were named to the eight-woman all-tournament team.

Centre defeated Goshen 30-23, 36-34, 30-24 in its final pool match Saturday, and coach Stephanie Dragan said the Colonels gutted out a win in the second game.

"Our seniors and our experience once again really showed through," she said.

Leah Ballinger had 36 assists and 27 digs in the match, while Burger had 14 kills and no errors in 25 attack attempts.

In a 30-24, 30-22, 30-27 win over Bluffton Friday, Burger had 10 kills and no errors in 23 attempts.

In a 30-22, 20-30, 30-22, 31-29 win over Heidelberg, Burger, Kate Bennett, Whitney Faust and Brenna Bulach had 11 kills each, while Ballinger had 41 assists and 23 digs.

Men's Soccer

At Crawfordsville, Ind., Kevin Brown opened the scoring for the second straight game, sending Centre on its way to a 3-0 win over Wabash in a physical battle.

Brown, a sophomore, scored 6 minutes, 33 seconds into the game off an assist from Patrick McMahon. Brown also had the first goal in the Colonels' season-opening win over Hanover.

Brad Borough scored in the 54th minute off a Kent Starkweather assist, and Chris Combs capped the scoring in the 72nd minute off an assist from John Templeton.

"We did not expect to see a team this good this early in our schedule," Centre coach Jeb Burch said.

Burch said it was also a physical game, and Centre (2-0) benefitted when two Wabash players were ejected in the second half.

Burch lauded the play of Stan Simek on defense, saying he kept the heat off senior goalkeeper David Cupery, who needed to make only three saves in his first career start. Centre outshot Wabash 15-7.

Women's Soccer

At Hanover, Ind., Centre rallied from a 2-0 deficit with three second-half goals by soph-omore Clay McCollum to defeat Hanover 3-2 in its opener.

McCollum had six shots in the second half, and she scored in the 50th, 80th and 85th minutes for the Colonels. Elizabeth Hurst had one assist.

"They deserved this win," Centre coach Jay Hoffman said. "They worked too hard and had such a good preseason to lose the momentum they had."

Centre outshot Hanover 24-13 and had 12 corner kicks to Hanover's three. Goalkeeper Erin Haney had six saves for the Colonels.

Field Hockey

At Danville, Centre opened its season with a 2-0 loss to Kenyon.

Sara Pfiefer scored both of Kenyon's goals in the final 13:13 of the first half.

Centre was outshot 15-2 in the first half but outshot Kenyon 16-2 in the second half and 18-17 overall. Goalkeeper Ann Guagliardo had 15 saves for the Colonels.

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