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Reina Tyson In field hockey, defense is a position that does not register many statistics or receive much press and publicity, yet it is vital to the success of any team and goalkeeper.

Senior Reina Tyson is a captain and standout defender on the Muhlenberg field hockey team, and although she does not find herself in a position to score very often, she plays a major role in helping the Mules succeed through her solid and persistent defensive play.

“I enjoy playing defense and frustrating the opponent’s offense,” Tyson explained. “For instance, there was a Wilkes player who came into our game with an excessive amount of goals for so few games played. My job was to shadow her and not let her get involved in the offense. I really enjoyed the challenge and seeing her frustration when she couldn’t get open to score.”

Tyson is more than a great defender for the Mule field hockey team; she is a senior leader who provides experience and guidance for the younger players. “I really enjoy hanging out with my teammates, and not only on the field,” Tyson said. “We hang out together as a team because we all have become friends and we have formed a unity that carries over to the playing field.”

Tyson’s leadership has been needed as of late, with Muhlenberg standing at 3-5 and suffering all five losses by only one goal each. “It’s been tough because all of those losses could have gone either way if we could have had a break here or there or simply executed one play a little better. As captains, it is our job to let the team know to keep their heads up and not get frustrated because we are playing well and will start getting the breaks soon.”

Tyson’s competitive desire will fit perfectly into her career choice to work either in a television station or film production company. “I am planning to move to California after graduation because I feel that is the area that provides the most opportunities for me in my field,” she explained. “I enjoy producing and editing my own stuff, and I am working for the Muhlenberg television station because it will help build my resume and it is a fun and valuable experience. I recently worked with another student on a short documentary that aired on MCTV about how the terrorist acts and tragedies from two weeks ago affected the Muhlenberg community.”

The Mules host undefeated and 11th-ranked Western Maryland on Saturday at 5:00. “This would be a huge win for us,” said Tyson, a communication major and business minor. “We need to come out aggressive, get on top early and frustrate their offense by playing hard defense. Communication and working together as we have been doing lately are big keys as well.”

Western Maryland Football is Just the First of Three Nationally Ranked Teams Visiting Muhlenberg Tomorrow

Three nationally ranked Centennial Conference teams from the state of Maryland travel to Muhlenberg for games on Saturday. Barring overtime or other delays, the true Mule sports fan should be able to watch all three games in their entirety:

1:00 — Football vs. #15 Western Maryland

Western Maryland (3-1), the four-time defending CC champion, brings its 30-game league winning streak and national ranking into Scotty Wood Stadium to face the 3-1 Mules. For a preview of the game, see yesterday’s Mule Sports Daily.

5:00 — Field Hockey vs. #11 Western Maryland

Western Maryland has been the surprise team of the year in the Centennial Conference, sprinting out to an 8-0 start. Last year, the Green Terror won 10 games all year and finished in eighth place in the CC with a 3-6 league record. One of Western Maryland’s wins was its first ever against Swarthmore, the 2000 CC runner-up. The Green Terror has an outstanding defense that has allowed only six goals in eight games. Muhlenberg (3-5) is looking to break into the CC win column after suffering one-goal losses to Franklin & Marshall and Washington. The Mules have a 6-2 series lead and have won the last four series meetings. Western Maryland has never won in Allentown.

7:00 — Men’s Soccer vs. #17 Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins, the defending CC champion, is off to an 8-1 start, outscoring its opponents 38-4. The Blue Jays are 4-0 in the CC this year and have won 15 consecutive league matches. Muhlenberg (5-2, 2-1) is ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region and was just dealt its first CC loss of the season by Haverford. The Blue Jays and Mules, who have combined to win six of the last seven CC championships, have a spirited rivalry that has included many important games. The series is tied, 6-6-1, but the home team has won every regular-season meeting since the start of CC play in 1993. In a classic match in 1999, Hopkins came in ranked third in the country and with an 18-match CC unbeaten streak, but Muhlenberg came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit for a rousing 3-2 win.

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Last updated September 28, 2001