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Lacrosse Pulls Away in Second Half

Freshman Taylor Armstrong scored 11 seconds into the second half to put the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team ahead to stay in a 9-5 win at Kean.

A seesaw first half ended with the score tied at 4-4. Junior Shannon Donohue won the opening draw of the second half and passed to Armstrong, who raced in to score her sixth goal of the season.

The teams traded goals, and the Mules (3-1) clung to the 6-5 advantage before scoring three times in the final four minutes to give themselves some breathing room.

Muhlenberg tied a school record, set three times previously, with its third win in a row, but this one was a little different than the first two. The Mules defeated Chestnut Hill (18-0) and Moravian (17-5) earlier this week in games decided by halftime.

“It’s really important to win the close ones,” said senior goalie Diana Bleakley, who made 10 saves. “We kept our composure when we were down. We know we are going to have some tough games in the future so to show that we can win a game like this is huge.

Junior Courtney Tapkas scored a game-high four goals for her third straight hat trick. Sophomore Katie Reimann added a pair of goals.

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Baseball Puts Hitting Shoes Back On

Two days after managing only five hits against Misericordia, the Muhlenberg baseball team looked more like its previous self in an 11-5 defeat of Wilkes.

Hitting against the Colonels’ top two ERA leaders, the Mules (6-3) banged out 13 hits, six for extra bases to match their season average for runs scored.

Junior Matt Tobia had half of the extra-base hits and missed hitting for the cycle by a single. Senior C.J. Kessler also had a double and a triple and drove in a career-high four runs.

Muhlenberg squandered an early 3-0 lead and trailed 4-3 before Tobia led off the fifth with his second career home run. The next batter, freshman Joe Carlo, crushed the ball to deep right for a double. He went to third when the relay throw went between a fielder’s legs and scored when the throw back to third went awry, completing a strange trip around the bases that put the Mules ahead for good.

Kessler added a two-out RBI double later in the inning to extend the lead to 6-4. After senior Aaron Regensburg retired the side on six pitches in the top of the sixth, Muhlenberg put the game away by scoring five runs – all after two were out and nobody on – in the bottom of the frame.

Tobia started the rally with a line-drive triple to center and scored on Carlo’s single. Junior Chad Hegstrom’s infield single with the bases loaded brought in a second run, and Kessler, after fouling off two two-strike pitches, drilled a three-run triple to the fence in left-center.

Regensburg pitched a solid seven innings to earn his 13th career win, settling down after the fourth to retire eight of the final nine hitters he faced. Freshman Paul Faith closed out the win, fanning four in two innings of work.

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Last updated March 18, 2005