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MULES TAME ’DOGS ON TWO FIELDS
Volleyball in Silver Bracket
MULES SPLIT AT BUTTERMAKER

The Muhlenberg volleyball team split on Day One of the Buttermaker Tournament, topping Centenary 3-0 before falling to Mary Washington in a five-set thriller. The Mules (3-4) will compete in the Silver Bracket during the final day of the tournament, facing Albright and York.

The Mules, who were never challenged in the first match, won the first two games against the Eagles with relative ease. However, they had trouble finishing off Mary Washington in the third game, holding a slim 26-23 lead. The Eagles flew back to tie the score at 30, setting the stage for the big momentum swing.

Monica Sella

Sella puts down one of her five kills in the Centenary match.

After fighting back and forth with the Mules, Mary Washington finally stole away Game 3, 44-42. The wheels seemed to fall off for Muhlenberg as the Eagles dominated Game 4 before taking the decisive fifth game, 15-13.

Senior Kate Haggerty and sophomore Megan Eiser contributed in a big way defensively. They each finished with three solo blocks, while Haggerty totaled six to Eiser’s five. Senior middle Monica Sella added four blocks in the loss. Haggerty shared the team lead in kills with Jess Anselmi, as they each pounded out 13 against UMW.

Junior Megan Young notched a career-high eight aces against Centenary.

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Two Muhlenberg teams squared off against DeSales simultaneously at Scotty Wood Stadium and Varsity Field. One game was deceptively close in the shot column and the other deceptively close on the scoreboard, and both ended in Mule wins.

Alyssa Sheldon
Sophomore Alyssa Sheldon battles for control of the ball in early first-half action.
The FIELD HOCKEY team got off to a slow start, but that was the only thing slow about its game. Using an advantage in quickness, Muhlenberg (2-1) scored twice in each half for a 4-0 win.

Senior LisaAnn Polt contributed to all four goals, and freshman Nicole Notarianni had a hand in three, scoring the first two goals of her career.

Notarianni’s speed coming down the left side won a penalty corner for the Mules with about 16 minutes left in the first half. Polt took the corner and was in perfect position to tip in senior Kate Moyer’s blast from the top of the circle. A little more than five minutes later, Polt beat a defender on the right side and passed the ball across to Notarianni for a tipin.

Five minutes into the second half, Polt took a shot that was saved, but Notarianni was there to slam home the rebound. Polt capped the scoring by finishing off a breakaway with a strong shot to the far board.

With a four-goal lead and another game coming up on Sunday, Muhlenberg played much of the remainder of the game with 11 non-starters on the field against a Bulldog team that
Jayne Condon
Freshman Jayne Condon goes up for a head ball.
had only one extra player. Although DeSales fired off seven late shots, the Mules preserved the shutout.

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The WOMEN’S SOCCER team had a 21-4 advantage in shots in its game against DeSales, but had nothing but frustration to show for it for most of the game. The Mules hit the post twice, missed an open net and had a shot saved off the line by a defender.

Finally, freshman Kasey Hacker broke the spell when she took a pass on the left, beat a defender and then beat the Bulldog goalie early in the second half. DeSales took only one shot the rest of the way.

After two games, Muhlenberg is halfway to its win total from last year. The Mules have opened a season with back-to-back one-goal wins for the first time in their history.

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Last updated September 8, 2006