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Women Lose Despite Comeback; V-ball Splits Again
An inspired comeback effort fell short as Muhlenberg dropped an exciting match to Scranton, 3-2.

The Mules (2-1) hit a penalty kick off the crossbar in the 18th minute, and that was the only shot they would take until midway through the second half. By that time, the Lady Royals (3-1), who have never lost to Muhlenberg, had scored two goals and appeared to be in complete control.

They lost control in a heartbeat as the Mules begin to push the action. A transition goal by freshman Christina O’Grady, off a feed from senior Elana Rabinowitz, made the score 2-1 with 28:09 left. That was Muhlenberg’s second shot of the game.

Its third tied the score. Less than six minutes later, junior Maura Hendsey made a diagonal cross to a wide-open Rabinowitz at the top of the penalty box. Rabinowitz took a couple of touches and rocketed the ball into the back of the net.

The Mules also came back from a two-goal second-half deficit in their opener against Gwynedd-Mercy, but in that game they added a third goal and went on to win. This time Scranton regrouped to reclaim the lead on a breakaway goal with 15:48 to play.

Muhlenberg had a great opportunity to tie the game off a corner kick in the final minute, but Rabinowitz’ point-blank shot was saved.

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Muhlenberg split its matches on Day Two of the Buttermaker Tournament, placing fifth out of nine teams. The Mules (4-5) rebounded to defeat Albright 3-1 after dropping a four-game match to York.

Senior middle Kate Haggerty was named to the all-tournament team, her second such honor in as many weeks. For the tournament, the senior captain totaled 51 kills and 12 blocks.

Megan Eiser continued to shine in her sophomore season, finishing with double-doubles in both matches. She posted team highs in assists with 26 and 25 while chipping in with 15 and 17 digs. The setter also added a Muhlenberg tournament high of 14 blocks.

Junior libero Megan Young set a career high with 27 digs, and freshman Phylicia Lee posted her first career double-double with 10 kills and 17 digs in the Albright victory.

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Junior Karim Assous scored a pair of goals as the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team snapped an unusual slump with a 4-0 home win against Moravian.

The Mules (3-0) had not defeated their local rivals at Varsity Field since 1994, with the five matches since resulting in three Greyhound wins and two scoreless ties. However, they have won seven straight against Moravian in Bethlehem.

Muhlenberg allowed only one shot and scored twice in each half. After
Blake Grannell
Grannell’s goal was his first since his freshman season of 2003.
struggling to finish in their first two wins, the Mules scored a key early goal against a Greyhound (0-3-1) team that had taken 12th-ranked Stevens Tech to overtime.

At the 14:47 mark, sophomore Brendan Carroll played a ball to Assous on a short breakaway. Assous, right inside the 18, put the ball past the goalie for a 1-0 lead.

Less than 10 minutes later, a throwin by sophomore Josh Glueck bounced through the box untouched before sophomore Billy Dalton settled the ball and lobbed it over the ’keeper’s head for his first career goal.

Dalton set up Muhlenberg’s first goal of the second half, playing a ball from the 18 to sophomore Steve Tenenzapf, who was deep in the box. Tenenzapf passed the ball on the ground to the opposite side of an open goal for an easy tapin by Assous.

Senior Blake Grannell capped the scoring with a long shot to the back left corner exactly one minute later.

Assous nearly had a hat trick, but was robbed by the goalie on a great diving save in the 70th minute.

The win gives Muhlenberg three straight shutouts to start the season for the first time since 1999. The Mules also have a 2-0 lead in the Matte Award standings for the 2006-07 year.

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Last updated September 9, 2006