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Field Hockey Bounces Back at Haverford

The Muhlenberg field hockey team picked up its first Centennial Conference win, 2-1, at Haverford.

The Mules lost their first game of the year to McDaniel Friday and dropped to 11th in the national rankings, but got back on the winning track, thanks to the game-winning goal by Alexa Sterbinsky.

With 10:35 remaining, Sterbinsky got the ball inside the circle, dribbled around to find some space and shot hard into the cage for her sixth goal of the year.

The game-winner was the culmination of four minutes of hard work after a goal was called back at 14:36. It appeared that Lauren Jacobs had put the Mules up, but the officials ruled that her shot had come from outside the circle.

The Mules were motivated by the disallowed goal and turned up the heat on the Fords until Sterbinsky got one that counted.

Kristen Bruschi scored the first 'Berg goal, her conference-leading 12th of the season. She took a clearing pass from Sarah Fosdick at midfield and dribbled all the way, beating a couple of defenders and then the Haverford goalkeeper.

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The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team continued its resurgence, defeating Swarthmore, 3-0, at Varsity Field.

Seniors Courtney Levine and Dawn Iberer had three points each and their co-captain, Monica Jones saw her first game action since injuring her ankle in the preseason.

Levine scored the game-winner in the 24th minute. Iberer tipped the ball to her at the top of the box and Levine found the bottom left corner of the net. It was her second great chance of the game. She blasted a shot off the crossbar a few minutes earlier.

“There was a defender in front of the goalie, but I just shot it and it got by both of them, which was good because I hit the crossbar before.” Levine said.

Levine picked up an assist on the second Mule goal when she deflected a Rebecca Armstrong corner kick to freshman Maria Tranguch, who shot the ball over the leaping keeper and into the top right corner of the goal.

Iberer finished off the scoring by finishing off a through ball in the box from freshman Andrea Dello Russo. The assist was Dello Russo’s first career point.

It was the Mules’ second straight shutout since losing their Centennial Conference opener at McDaniel ten days ago and learning that they need to work a little harder.

“We really picked up the intensity in practice,” said Levine. “Monica’s back too, which is big.”

Jones made her return at the start of the second half. She turned her ankle and damaged ligaments in August. She recovered quickly and is back in time for the bulk of the CC season.

Armstrong, Iberer and Levine share the team lead with three assists each. Iberer's goal was her fifth, one off Armstrong's team-leading total, and Levine sits two goals behind Iberer with three.

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Last updated September 30, 2003