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Lacrosse Teams Fall on Road

The Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team suffered its second straight one-goal loss to Haverford, falling 8-7.

As in last season’s 7-6 loss, the Mules (6-3, 0-2) came from behind in the fourth quarter and had several chances to tie the game in the waning seconds.

Muhlenberg erased an early 3-1 deficit to take a 5-4 lead into halftime. The Fords (7-3, 2-1) scored the only two goals on the third period, and the Mules notched an extra-man goal in the first minute of the fourth, tying the score at 6-6.

Haverford broke the tie on a goal with 11:58 left, then added another one with 6:19 on the scoreboard.

Muhlenberg closed to within one on sophomore Sean Toohill’s fifth goal of the game with 64 seconds remaining. The Mules won the ensuing faceoff and got off three more shots, but none went in the back of the net.

Sophomore Gavin Crescenzo tied a career high with 18 saves, including eight in the fourth quarter. Senior Bradley Lutzer and sophomore Kyle Hart picked up nine ground balls apiece.

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The Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team was within one goal late in the first half, but Ursinus went on a big scoring run wrapped around halftime on its way to a 19-7 win.

After being down by four goals early, the Mules (5-4, 2-3) fought back and were just down by one, 5-4, after junior Courtney Tapkas netted the second of her two goals with just over five minutes to go before halftime. Muhlenberg came within inches of tying the game minutes later when a shot by junior Jessica Geiger hit the crossbar.

Ursinus (4-3, 3-1) took control after that, scoring the final two goals of half, and finding the back of the net six more times in the opening nine minutes of the second half before the Mules scored again.

Junior Shannon Donohue had a part in four of Muhlenberg’s seven goals, scoring three and assisting on one.

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Sophomore Pam Kimmelman’s come-from-behind win at No. 2 singles was the difference as the Muhlenberg women’s tennis team nipped Franklin & Marshall, 5-4, in a key Centennial Conference match.

The Diplomats (7-1, 4-1), ranked 11th in the Atlantic South Region, came into the game in first place in the CC and had won eight straight dating
Pam Kimmelman
Kimmelman is 6-3 at No. 2 singles after playing no higher than No. 4 last year.
back to the fall season, dropping only five individual matches along the way.

After F&M won two of three doubles matches, the Mules (6-3, 3-1) tied the match by winning three of the first five singles matches to be completed, all of which were decided in relatively one-sided straight sets.

That left Kimmelman on the court with the match on the line. She was down 5-2 in the first set, but come back to force a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, she fell into a quick 6-0 hole, but roared back to score the next six points and went on to win, 9-7.

In the second set, Kimmelman again fell behind, this time 4-1. She came back to take a 6-5 lead, but her opponent won the next game to force yet another tiebreaker. This one was more evenly played, and Kimmelman prevailed, 7-5, to clinch the match for Muhlenberg.

“I wouldn’t choose to,” said Kimmelman with a laugh when asked if she enjoyed playing from behind. “I knew I had to win. I played it point by point and tried to stay confident and not think about the score.”

Setting up Kimmelman’s heroics were straight-set singles wins by junior Amy Schmidt, freshman Ashley Reed and sophomore Kelly Fraser. Schmidt’s 6-1, 6-1 win, against the previously undefeated 35th-ranked singles player in the region, gave her the school record for consecutive wins in spring dual matches (19). She is 9-0 this spring and has dropped only 12 games in her nine singles victories.

Schmidt also teamed with Reed for an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles against a Diplomat duo ranked 21st in the region. Schmidt and Reed are 7-0 together, with four of the wins coming against regionally ranked teams.

The victory extended the Mules’ homecourt winning streak to 28 and gave them a 3-2 record in their stretch of five of six matches against regionally ranked opponents. Muhlenberg defeated Elizabethtown (eighth) and Salisbury (10th), both 8-1, but lost close 5-4 decisions to Swarthmore (sixth) and Mary Washington (seventh).

The Mules have defeated the Diplomats four straight years after never having beaten them before.

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Last updated April 6, 2005