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Women’s Lacrosse Spoils Moravian Debut
Mules Narrowly Miss Shutout

Freshman Shannon Donohue scored six goals in the first game of her career to lead the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team to a 20-1 win against Moravian in its season opener. It was the first game ever as a varsity program for the Greyhounds.

The 20 goals were the most scored by the Mules since they notched 23 against Kean in the 2000 opener. The one goal allowed tied a school record set in 1993 against Cedar Crest, and the 19-goal margin of victory was one short of the school record, set twice previously.

Muhlenberg dominated from start to finish, enjoying a 46-4 advantage in shots. The Mules held a 13-0 lead at halftime, losing their shutout when Moravian scored 29 seconds into the second half.

Donohue scored three times in the first nine minutes and five times in the first half. Her six goals were one short of the school record for a freshman playing in her first game. That mark still belongs to Lynsey Caldwell, now a senior, who had three goals, two assists and six ground balls against the Greyhounds.

Freshmen Steph Light, Courtney Tapkas and Jessica Geiger scored a total of five goals, giving first-year players 11 of the Mules’ 20 goals.

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• Track and Field: The Muhlenberg men are in second place, 13 points behind Haverford, after the first day of the Centennial Conference Indoor Championships.

Senior Will Elson won the 1,500 meters with a school-record time of 3:55.66, qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Championships in his third event. Elson won another gold as a member of the distance-medley relay team, which set a school and meet record with a time of 10:17.06.

Sophomore John Brodowski set two school records, winning his heat in the 55-meter hurdles (7.86) and finishing fourth in the long jump (22-3). He also contributed to a third record, as the leadoff leg of the 4x200 relay team that won silver in 1:33.21.

For the women, who are in fifth place, sophomore Meghan Douglas-Snyder won the pole vault for the second straight year, setting school, CC and meet records with a height of 9-10¾.

The 4x200 (second place) and distance-medley (fourth) relay teams both set school records and qualified for ECAC.

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• Baseball: Senior Kevin Komeshok tossed 4-2/3 outstanding innings in long relief to pick up the win as Muhlenberg opened the 2003 season with 10-8 win against Becker in Homestead, Fla.

Komeshok, who tied a school record with his 47th career appearance, came on in the second with the Mules already trailing 3-0. After allowing a run on a sacrifice fly, Komeshok gave up only three hits and one unearned run over the next four innings, leaving with a 7-5 lead.

Muhlenberg went ahead to stay by scoring six times in the bottom of the fourth. Seniors Justin Graf and Ben Carr had RBI singles in the big inning, which also featured run-scoring outs by junior Joel Rush (groundout) and freshman Matt Tobia (sacrifice fly).

Graf doubled in a run in the seventh, and two-out RBI singles by sophomore Aaron Regensburg and junior Adam Sadler in the eighth gave the Mules insurance runs they would need when Becker hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

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Men Record Impressive Win

Freshman John Westendorf tied a school record with seven goals as the Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse program made an extraordinarily successful return to campus with a 14-6 win against Centenary.

The game was the first for the Mules as a varsity sport since 1980. The Cyclones (0-2) went 11-4 and qualified for postseason play last year, falling to Richard Stockton in the ECAC Metro Tournament.

“We all expected to win,” said sophomore midfielder Justin Saverine, who added four goals and an assist. “We knew they were a good team, but we knew we were capable of beating them. We’ve been practicing very well the last few weeks.”

Muhlenberg led from start to finish, jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the first 6:20, and had large advantages in shots (43 to 24) and ground balls (38 to 14). The Mules scored on seven of their 11 extra-man opportunities and held Centenary to two extra-man goals in 10 tries.

Saverine played a big role in Muhlenberg’s fast start, winning nine of 12 first-half faceoffs. He scored the first goal of the game, just 39 seconds in, after winning the opening face, and finished with 10 ground balls in the game.

“We had someone come in this week and work with me on my faceoff,” noted Saverine. “My stance wasn’t very good and I needed a position where I could get quicker. I felt really quick today and every time I won a faceoff it gave me confidence for the next one.”

Westendorf’s seven goals tied a school record set by Doug Cornwell against Stevens Tech in 1974 and tied by Jack Shields against the same team the following year — seven years before Westendorf was born.

Freshman Mike O’Malley assisted on two of Westendorf’s goals and finished with three assists and a goal.

Sophomore Brad Lutzer (six ground balls) was one of the leaders of a defensive effort that kept the Cyclones off the scoreboard for the entire third period. Freshman Joe LaBella made eight saves.

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