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Men’s Lax Breezes to Second Win
Mules Set Two School Records

Freshman John Westendorf led nine players who scored with five goals as the Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team cruised to its second straight impressive win, 21-4 against SUNY Farmingdale.

The Mules (2-0) set school records for most goals scored and greatest margin of victory. The previous marks were both set in a 19-6 win against Stevens Tech in 1975. That year was one of only two in which Muhlenberg started 2-0 in its first men’s lacrosse run (1965-80).

Although a campus-wide power outage prevented electricity from being used during the game, the Mules provided plenty of juice early, scoring three goals in the first two minutes. Freshman Dave Armstrong scored the first goal and assisted on the second; he finished the game with three goals. Freshman Kevin Kessler also recorded his first career hat trick, scoring three of his four goals in the first quarter.

Muhlenberg had overwhelming advantages in shots (50-10) and ground balls (59-22). Sophomore Justin Saverine led the team in ground balls for the second straight game, with 11, and won 15 of 21 faceoffs. Freshmen Ryan Long and Justin Hollander had six ground balls apiece.

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• Indoor Track and Field: Senior Will Elson finished in second place in the 800 meters at the ECAC Championships, breaking his own school record with a time of 1:53.53.

Elson, who was part of the distance-medley relay team that posted the fastest time in Division III on Friday, increased his chances of receiving an invitation to the NCAA Championships. Entering the day, there had been only eight better 800 times in Division III.

Bids for the NCAA Championships, which are scheduled for next weekend at DePauw, will be announced early next week. Click here for performance lists.

Senior Jason App cleared 14 feet in the pole vault to finish in 14th place. Muhlenberg tied for 18th at the ECAC Championships with 18 team points.

• Baseball: Muhlenberg wrapped up its trip to Homestead, Fla., with a 13-5 win against John Jay. Senior Justin Graf scored four runs and stole three bases, giving him 14 in nine games. The Mules finished 6-3, matching their all-time best Spring Break record of last season. Click here for line score.

Best Finish Ever for Mule Wrestler

Senior Nate Yeasted went 1-1 on the second day of the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships to finish in seventh place in the 141-pound weight class.

Muhlenberg’s only previous All-American, Jason McLean, was eighth at 141 two years ago.


Yeasted fell to seventh-seeded Matt Kapraun of Augustana, 7-2, in his first bout of the day. In the seventh-place match, he faced Jeff Patzke of Luther. Yeasted got an early lead by taking down Patzke in only 17 seconds and scoring an immediate two-point nearfall. He didn’t score a point the rest of the way, but he held on for a 4-2 win, spending the whole third period in the bottom position.

Yeasted finished his career as Muhlenberg’s second all-time leading winner with a record of 96-44.

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Last updated March 8, 2003