Muhlenberg mens lacrosse team took another positive step in 2007,
finishing with a .500 record (6-6) for the first time in the five years
since the sport was reinstated.
Hart (pictured) and Farris were the first two
in program history to earn All-CC honors twice. Hart received honorable
mention in 2005.
They didnt make the playoffs in the tough Centennial Conference, but
the Mules stayed positive throughout. One of their best games came after
they were eliminated from playoff contention. Trailing 5-2 early in the
third quarter in the next-to-last game of the season, Muhlenberg stormed
back for a 12-8 win at McDaniel.
The Mules began the season with three straight wins, all on the road,
including a 7-6 victory at Randolph-Macon that improved the teams
record in overtime games to 6-0. Muhlenberg also came back from a 5-2
deficit to win at Kings Point, 12-8.
All six of the Muless win came on the road, but they were 0-4 at
Scotty Wood Stadium. In one of those games, Muhlenberg was tied with
Haverford, then ranked 16th in Division III, in the fourth quarter before
Toohill scored the game-winning goal 16 seconds into
overtime at Randolph-Macon and netted four hat tricks on the season.
Senior Sean Toohill scored three points in the finale against
Ursinus to tie the school record with 106 career points. He also graduated
with 75 goals, just two shy of the school record, as well as third
all-time in assists with 31.
Earlier in the season, the Mules battled Swarthmore and came out with
their first CC win when senior Kyle Hart broke the school record
for career ground balls. He graduated from Muhlenberg with 173 and led the
team in 2007 with 39, earning him second team all-CC honors.
Fellow graduating senior Steven Toto tied for third on the team
with 29 ground balls and ended up third in team history with 145 for his
career. Sophomore John DeLuca and freshman Matthew Schreoder
also had solid seasons on a defense that allowed fewer than 10 goals per
game in the CC for the first time.
On the offensive end, Toohill led the way with 27 points on 19 goals and
eight assists. Not far behind him were junior Kyle Farris (25
points on 20 goals and five assists), sophomore Andrew Lolley (24
points on 18 goals and six assists) and junior Mickey Norton (23
points on eight goals and 15 assists). Both Toohill and Farris ranked
among the top 15 in the CC in goals and points per game, and Norton
finished second with 1.25 assists per game. Farris earned All-CC honorable
mention honors for his efforts.
Toto played in all 55 games for the Mules the last four
years, starting 34 of them.
In the faceoff circle, sophomore Dan Dugan was most victorious with
51 wins. Junior Tim Martin, however, was most efficient, winning
62.5 percent of his faces. Martins percentage landed him third in the
CC in that category, while Dugan finished fifth with a .548 percentage.
Freshman Ari Jacobson, who won 50.8 percent of his faceoff
attempts, ranked eighth in the conference.
Freshman Andrew Bell made an impressive debut as the teams
only goaltender, finishing the season sixth in the conference with 9.50
saves per game, including a career-high 22 in a 15-6 win over Moravian.