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Volleyball Sweeps; Men’s Soccer Loses Late

Senior Julie Lauro registered 13 kills, 15 digs and five aces as Muhlenberg snapped its six-match losing streak with authority, sweeping Bryn Mawr, 30-25, 30-21, 30-17.

The Mules (9-8, 2-2) trailed in the first game, 17-15, before taking control by winning the next seven points behind the serving of senior Mary Henning, who had two aces in the run. Henning’s passing helped Muhlenberg commit just one attack error and hit at a .531 percentage in the second game.

Lauro served four of the Mules’ 12 aces in an 8-0 third-game run. Muhlenberg built a big early lead in the third game and was able to substitute freely.

Lauro gained on senior Jen Weist in the race for the Mules’ all-time digs record. Lauro now has 1,196 in her career. Weist recorded 10 against Bryn Mawr to increase her career total to 1,206. The school record is 1,227, held by Dana Ferrelli (1999-2002).

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Muhlenberg suffered a tough loss as Elizabethtown scored with 54 seconds remaining in the second overtime for a 2-1 win.

The Mules (7-3), down 1-0 for most of the game, tied the score with 18:47 left in the second half on a goal by senior Christopher King.

Both teams entered the game ranked in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Muhlenberg seventh and Elizabethtown (8-2-1) 10th.

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Maybe the solution to the road woes of the Muhlenberg field hockey and women’s soccer teams is to have them play together.

The field hockey team, winless in its last five road games, defeated Bryn Mawr, 5-1, while women’s soccer picked up its first road win of the season with a 3-1 victory against Bryn Mawr.

The games, played simultaneously on parallel fields, followed parallel paths, as both squads evened their Centennial Conference records by
Lauren Rutt
Rutt leads the Mules with four assists this season.
pulling away from 1-1 ties against Owl squads that were winless and scoreless in their first three CC games.

Juniors Jessica Hand and LisaAnn Polt and sophomore Lauren Rutt each notched a goal and an assist in the field hockey win.

The Mules (7-5, 2-2) took a 1-0 lead less than eight minutes into the game when Hand tipped in a straight-on free hit from Rutt, but Bryn Mawr (2-9, 0-4) tied the score with 15:49 left in the half when the ball took a funny bounce near the endline.

Muhlenberg went ahead for good in the final six minutes of the half on a goal by sophomore Kelly Shetron, but the 2-1 halftime lead, despite advantages of 9-2 in shots and 8-1 in penalty corners, didn’t sit well with the Mules.

“It was frustrating,” admitted Hand. “But we kept working hard the whole game and didn’t let the first half get to us.”

As it has done repeatedly this year, Muhlenberg came out strong in the second half, putting the game away by scoring twice in the first eight minutes. The Mules have been outscored 9-7 in the first half, but have a 15-8 edge on the scoreboard in the second half and overtime.

Polt got the ball rolling by converting a pass from senior Adrienne Verbich for her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Verbich has assisted on half of them. Five minutes later, Rutt lofted a shot into the net for her second goal, making the score 4-1.

Sophomore Sarah Newell capped the scoring, and Muhlenberg’s best offensive day of the season, with her first career goal.

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Things started going wrong for the women’s soccer team early on, but the Mules (3-5-2, 2-2-1) rebounded for their second win in three games.

Muhlenberg, already shorthanded due to injuries, had a player go down during pregame
Elana Rabinowitz
The goal for Rabinowitz was the fourth of her career.
warmups, then fell behind 1-0 when Bryn Mawr (4-7, 0-4) scored on a long shot just 2:27 into the game.

Junior Elana Rabinowitz scored the equalizer midway through the first half with her first goal of the season, a header of a cross from freshman Heather Scudellari to finish off a corner kick. Scudellari scored her first career point with the assist.

Less than nine minutes later, sophomore Megan Francis, mere moments after entering the game, set up classmate Sara Gearin for a 1-on-1 with the goalie. Gearin converted for her second goal.

Rabinowitz set up the lone goal of the second half with a cross that got through everyone in the box except for freshman Emily Burritt, who tapped the ball into the empty net for her first career goal. Burritt had hit the crossbar earlier in the game.

“Hopefully this is a turning point for the season,” said Rabinowitz. “Winning our first road game helps boost morale.”

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