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Monday, March 1, 2004
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A weekly look at what’s going on in the Centennial Conference:

Women’s Basketball

McDaniel led the CC championship game for exactly 42 seconds, but it was the right 42 seconds. The Green Terror erased a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat Johns Hopkins, 59-57, for its second CC title in three years. McDaniel (23-3) will host Pitt-Greensburg (22-6) in an NCAA first-round game. The winner plays the winner of the first-round matchup between Hunter and New Jersey. Hopkins (23-3) received an at-large berth and will host Alvernia (21-7), with the winner traveling to Marymount.

Men’s Basketball

Franklin & Marshall saw a 19-point second-half lead cut to three, but held on to topple Johns Hopkins, 69-58, in the CC championship game. The Diplomats (24-3), who won their fourth title (all in even-numbered years), received a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament and will host the winner of Thursday’s game between Elizabethtown (18-8) and Hampden-Sydney (24-4) ... The other three CC playoff teams all accepted bids to the ECAC Tournament. Ursinus, the third seed, hosts Lebanon Valley, while No. 5 Johns Hopkins and No. 8 Gettysburg hit the road to face Albright and DeSales, respectively.

Women’s Lacrosse Opens Season With Win

The Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team started its season with a bang, winning, 21-7, at Moravian.

Sophomore Courtney Tapkas picked up right where she left off last season, scoring a goal 19 seconds into the game and finishing with six scores. She scored exactly six goals six times
Elizabeth Alexander
Alexander (left) had three ground balls and four caused turnovers in addition to her four goals.
last year, on the way to a Mule-record total of 73 goals.

Moravian (0-1) tied the game at a goal apiece, but Muhlenberg scored the next three and never let the Greyhounds back in it.

Freshman Elizabeth Alexander scored her first career goal on a free position shot to put he Mules up, 6-2. She added three more goals and an assist, all in the first half. The Mules led, 14-4, at the break.

Junior Christa Carlstrand recorded two goals and an assist, and sophomore Jessica Geiger also scored twice. Sophomore Shannon Donohue and freshman Katie Reimann each tallied a goal and two assists.

Eleven different Mules scored, including freshman Kelli Sakonchick, who notched her first collegiate goal.

Muhlenberg won its fourth straight non-conference game and tied its fourth-best goal output ever.

The Mule victory tied the Matte Award standings at 5½-all. The next Matte scheduled contest is Thursday’s baseball game.

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Last updated March 1, 2004