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Thursday, March 24, 2005
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Today’s scheduled home baseball game against King’s was postponed, as were tomorrow’s softball games at Montclair State.


Senior Diana Bleakley made 12 saves to become the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team’s all-time leader and help the Mules to their first Centennial Conference win of the season, 17-7 at Washington.

Bleakley now has 570 saves, breaking the record of 563 set by Mary Foody from 1988-91. She
Diana Bleakley
Bleakley has an 8.92 goals-against average this season.
tied the record by saving a free-position shot with 7:30 left in the first half and notched her record-setting stop on a close-in shot three minutes later.

The goalkeeping at the other end of the field was a different story, as the Mules scored on 13 of their 17 first-half shots to open up a commanding 11-goal lead by halftime. Muhlenberg (4-2, 1-1) hadn’t defeated Washington since 1997, losing by an average of more than seven goals the last seven years.

“We’ve been working so hard since the second day of February, and this win against a good team in our conference is what we’ve been working toward,” said senior Amy Lanning, who contributed a goal and two assists.

Junior Courtney Tapkas and senior Christa Carlstrand led the attack with four goals apiece, while junior Shannon Donohue scored three times for her first hat trick of the season.

The Mules scored three goals in the first 2:39 and reeled off the final eight goals of the first half to extend their 5-2 lead to 13-2. Muhlenberg had never scored so many goals in the first half, nor held such a big halftime lead, in a CC game.

“We were ‘on’ today,” added Lanning. “We were connecting on our passes, cutting to the ball and working together as a team.”

Playing on grass for the first time this season, the Mules put up solid numbers in other statistical categories as well. Tapkas and Donohue each picked up five ground balls. Sophomore Elizabeth Alexander also had five ground balls to go along with three caused turnovers and three draw controls.

Muhlenberg’s 4-2 record is its best after six games in the 21-year history of the program.

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