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Men Go Dry in Second Half

A 32-minute scoring drought was the undoing of the Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team in its 9-6 loss to Dickinson.

Despite getting outshot, 24-14, in the first half, the Mules (6-5, 0-4) took a 5-3 lead into the locker room on the strength of three goals in a 33-second span. The Red Devils (5-3, 3-1) reeled off the next six goals, however, keeping Muhlenberg from its first Centennial Conference win.

The Mules took their first lead (2-1) when freshman Mickey Norton found junior James Robinson alone in front for an extra-man goal with just five seconds remaining in the first quarter. Dickinson scored the next two goals to reclaim the lead with 5:04 to go in the second.

Sophomore Kyle Hart keyed Muhlenberg’s subsequent flurry of goals. The Red Devils’ outstanding faceoff specialist, who was 14-of-19 on the night, won the ensuing face, but Hart’s checking forced him backwards and into a wild pass that was intercepted by freshman Kyle Farris in the offensive zone. Norton got the ball behind the cage and circled around to score the tying goal with 4:41 on the clock.

Hart then won the next two faceoffs, leading to goals by freshmen Tim Martin (4:24) and James Corley (4:08), but that was it for the Mules until 1:49 remained in the fourth quarter.

Norton finished with a goal and three assists to move to within three of the school record for assists in a season (22). Senior Bradley Lutzer notched a game-high nine ground balls.

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Junior Courtney Tapkas’ goal with 6:15 remaining broke a 12-12 tie as the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team came from behind to defeat Elizabethtown, 14-12.

Muhlenberg (7-4) trailed the entire game and was down by two, 12-10, before Tapkas keyed a four-goal run in 2:42 in the final nine minutes of the game. Tapkas found the back of the net to get the Mules to within one goal, and then with 6:50 remaining, senior Christa Carlstrand netted the equalizer. Freshman Taylor Armstrong collected the ensuing draw control, and junior Shannon Donohue found Tapkas, who scored to give the Mules their first lead of the game.

“Shannon was at the top and I made a cut into the middle,” said Tapkas, who ended up with six goals in the game and is now tied for second place on the Mules’ all-time list with 152 career goals. “She knows where to place the ball. We always know each other’s next move.”

Tapkas added an insurance goal less than a minute later to give her team a two-goal cushion and the Mules made sure it stayed that way. Elizabethtown (4-6) was held without a scoring chance over the final five minutes as the Mules kept possession on the Blue Jay side of the field.

“We knew we needed to keep the possession,” said Tapkas. “We were stalling, not making risky passes and making sure that we held onto the ball so they couldn’t get any scoring chances.”

The Blue Jays only got the ball twice, and both times they turned it over. The Elizabethtown goalie made a failed clear attempt on the first, and senior Amy Lanning forced a turnover on the second.

Before Muhlenberg took control, Elizabethtown led throughout the second half. The Blue Jays were in front, 6-5, at halftime and each time the Mules tried to make a comeback in the second 30 minutes, Elizabethtown had an answer. There were four times in the second half in which Muhlenberg was within one goal before the four-goal spurt to end the game, but the Blue Jays scored to make it a two-goal game on each occasion.

“It was frustrating to get so close and not be able to tie or take the lead,” said Tapkas. “We stayed confident and knew we just needed a spark to get us going.”

The Mules allowed the first three goals of the game, and were trailing by a 4-1 count when sophomore Elizabeth Alexander scored on an outstanding individual effort. Alexander forced a turnover in the defensive zone near midfield, grabbed the ground ball, ran down the field and scored. Alexander’s goal seemed to get the Mules headed in the right direction. Junior Jessica Geiger and Armstrong each scored free-position goals within two minutes of Alexander’s third goal of the season to tie the game at four.

Donohue also scored two goals for the Mules, and collected five draw controls. Sophomore Katie Reimann had a goal, two assists, three ground balls and four draw controls.

With four games remaining on the schedule, Muhlenberg is now just one win away from tying the school record of eight wins in a season.

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Last updated April 13, 2005