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Saturday, April 12, 2003
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Today’s scheduled baseball doubleheader at Washington was postponed a day due to poor field conditions.
Elson Qualifies for Nationals in 1,500
Maser, Berg “Go Yard”

Junior Jackie Maser and senior Kelly Berg both homered as the Muhlenberg softball team swept a Centennial Conference doubleheader from Washington, 9-1 and 7-2.

Maser hit her first career home run with two runners on base in the bottom of the first inning of the first game, giving the Mules (7-14, 6-2) a 3-0 lead.

Muhlenberg led 3-1 before ending the game with six runs in the bottom of the fifth. With three runs already in, senior Meghan Woods belted a two-run triple. She then scored the final run on a single by junior Danielle DeLucia, who also pitched a five-hitter to earn the win.

Berg’s second career round-tripper gave the Mules a 2-0 lead in the third inning of the nightcap, but the Shorewomen (11-7, 2-2) came back to tie the score. Muhlenberg won the game by scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth, helped out by two dropped fly balls in center field. Junior Becki Toth, who went 2-for-3 in both games, hit a two-run single in the big frame, and Maser and junior Kate Dischino also added RBI hits.

Sophomore Ally Ogden scattered six hits in the second game to earn her first win of the season, helping her cause by snaring two hot line drives up the middle.

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• Track and Field: Three members of the Muhlenberg track and field team broke records at the Messiah Invitational.

Senior Will Elson ran the first sub-four-minute 1,500 meters in school history, winning the event with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:53.80. The performance set a meet record and a track record. Elson also ran the anchor leg on the 4x800-meter relay team that finished first.

Elson is the second Mule to qualify provisionally for the NCAAs this spring. The other, sophomore John Brodowski (who qualified in the decathlon last week), broke a 19-year-old school record in the 110-meter high hurdles, finishing third in 15.35 seconds.

Freshman Brian Campfield broke the Centennial Conference record in the discus with a heave of 149-1 – six-and-a-half feet better than the old mark. Campfield placed second.

In addition to Elson and the 4x800, senior Jason App (pole vault) and sophomore Will Corbin (javelin) won their events. For the women’s team, freshman Danielle Seiler took first in the 400-meter hurdles.

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• Tennis: The Muhlenberg tennis teams, both playing with juggled lineups, did not lose a set and swept the teams from McDaniel.

The women (7-3, 7-2) lost only one game in the three doubles matches to extend their winning streak to seven and tie the school record of five shutouts in a season. Click here for box score. The men (7-1, 5-1) won all but four games at the lower four singles slots to capture their fifth consecutive win. Click here for box score.

• Men’s Lacrosse: Washington 17, Muhlenberg 4. The fifth-ranked Shoremen (8-2, 6-0) scored the first 10 goals of the game and handed the Mules (4-7, 0-7) their seventh straight loss. Freshman James Robinson scored two goals. Click here for box score.

Mules Breeze to Third Straight Win

Freshman Courtney Tapkas scored six goals for the third straight game, and senior Lynsey Caldwell dished out a school-record five assists for the third time this season, leading the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team to a 16-4 win against Swarthmore.

The Mules (6-4, 3-2), who hadn’t defeated the Garnet (5-7, 1-5) in 10 years, tied a school record with their third straight win. They are just one win away from tying the school record of seven wins in a season.

Muhlenberg struck early, as senior Sarah Bowman won the opening draw and fed freshman Jessica Geiger for a goal just 13 seconds in. After Swarthmore tied the score, freshman Shannon Donohue forced a turnover by the goalie behind the cage, then fed Bowman for the goal that put the Mules ahead to stay.

Tapkas scored four straight goals – three on feeds from Caldwell – in the final 15 minutes of the first half to give Muhlenberg a 9-1 lead at the break. The six points give her 51 for the season, breaking the school record for a freshman set by Caldwell three years ago. Sophomore Diana Bleakley made 11 of her 16 saves in the first half.

“It was great to come out on a sunny day and play the way we can,” said Caldwell. “I hope we can carry our momentum through the next five games.”

The Mules started the day tied with two teams they have yet to play (Haverford and Ursinus) for fourth place in the CC. “It’s so exciting in my senior year to have so many wins at this point in the season. Our goal is to get the fourth spot in the Centennial Conference. We’ve never had a goal like that before.”

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Last updated April 12, 2003