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Near-Upset for Women’s Lax
Drew Scores Last Three Goals

The Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team held a two-goal lead with 11 minutes to play, but 15th-ranked Drew scored the final three goals of the game to escape with an 11-10 win.

The Rangers (1-0) never led until scoring the game-winning goal with 4:35 on the clock. Sophomore Diana Bleakley kept the Mules (1-1) on top most of the way by making 21 saves for her fourth career game with at least 20 saves.

Senior Sarah Bowman recorded her second straight hat trick with three goals and tied a career high with nine ground balls. She scored back-to-back unassisted goals 24 seconds apart in the second half, giving Muhlenberg a 9-7 lead with 16:54 to play.

The teams then traded goals as Drew scored at the 13:50 mark and freshman Courtney Tapkas scored on a free-position shot 62 seconds later. The Mules were unable to score the rest of the game, however.

The Muhlenberg defense did an excellent job on the Rangers’ All-America attack, holding her to one goal.

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• Softball: Goshen 5, Muhlenberg 3; Bluffton 3, Muhlenberg 1. Muhlenberg dropped a pair of two-run games to fall to 1-4 on its trip to Florida.

Against Goshen, junior Jackie Maser was involved in all three runs, singling and scoring in the fourth and belting a two-run double the following inning.

The Bluffton game went into extra innings after the Mules tied the score in the fifth on a two-out RBI single by junior Becki Toth. Muhlenberg loaded the bases in the seventh but could not push the winning run across, and Bluffton scored twice without the benefit of a hit in the eighth.

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Senior Justin Graf set a school record with six stolen bases and senior Justin Rubenstein recorded his 100th career hit as the Muhlenberg baseball team held off King’s, 6-4, to win its third straight game.

With a 4-1 record, the Mules are off to their best start since the 1978 squad started 6-1.

Sophomore southpaw Gregg Burkhart allowed only four hits and struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings to earn the win. Senior Kevin Komeshok entered the game in the ninth with a runner on third and needed only two pitches to notch his second save of the season.

Muhlenberg broke open a 2-0 game by scoring three runs in the fourth on an RBI triple by sophomore Matt Long and Rubenstein’s two-run single. Rubenstein singled in the seventh to become the 22nd player in team history to reach the century mark in hits.

Graf’s six swipes broke the school record of four set three times previously. He has nine steals in five games this season.

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Last updated March 5, 2003