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Women’s Tennis Shuts Out Sweet Briar
The Muhlenberg women’s tennis team lost just one set on the way to its second straight win over a ranked opponent, taking down Sweet Briar, 9-0, in Sweet Briar, Va. It was Muhlenberg’s first outdoor match of the season.

The Mules (3-1) dominated the 14th-ranked team in the Atlantic South Region from the outset, losing just one game total in first and second doubles. Senior Gena Ross and sophomore Amy Schmidt picked up an 8-0 win over Sweet Briar’s top pair, and senior Mackenzie Parke and freshman Pam Kimmelman won, 8-1, at No. 2.

Junior Emily Oster posted the most impressive score in singles, a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 4. Schmidt and Kimmelman lost just two games each, and Ross and Parke also won in straight sets. Senior Sarah Niebler, who also teamed up with Oster for a doubles win, won at sixth singles.

Schmidt has not lost this season. She improved to 4-0 in doubles and in singles. Parke and Kimmelman are 4-0 as a doubles pair and are each 3-1 at singles.

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• Schedule Changes: Muhlenberg’s home baseball game against Drew has been postponed. The Kean softball tournament and the DeSales track meet have been cancelled.

• Women’s Lacrosse: The Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team dropped to 2-2 on the season, losing at Montclair State, 12-6.

The Mules climbed back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game in the first half and went into halftime down, 4-3. Montclair State (3-0) pulled away quickly in the second, scoring the first four goals after the break.

Junior Christa Carlstrand and sophomore Shannon Donohue led the Mules with three points each. Carlstrand recorded two goals and an assist, while Donohue had a goal and a pair of assists.

Senior Kristen Kastner picked up a team-best four ground balls for the Mules.

Sophomore Courtney Tapkas scored a pair of goals to push her team-leading total to 13. Freshman Katie Reimann picked up two assists and leads the Mules with eight.

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Freshman John Kushay scored his second goal of the game 17 seconds into overtime to give the Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team an 8-7 win at Kings Point.

The game was the Mules’ second consecutive to go into overtime, and their third in five games dating back to last season. Muhlenberg has won all three of those overtime games and is 3-1 overall this season.

The Mariners (3-3) were called for a slashing penalty with just four seconds remaining in regulation, giving the Mules an extra-man opportunity to start the extra period. They wasted little time, as sophomore Justin Hollander, who scored the game-winner in last Saturday’s overtime win at Centenary, passed from behind the cage to Kushay, whose low shot hit the goalie’s foot and trickled into the net.

Overtime was a natural conclusion to a tight game in which neither team led by more than two goals. Kings Point took a 6-5 lead with 3:43 left in the third period when a shot was saved high into the air by Mule goalie Gavin Crescenzo and deflected into the net. Muhlenberg scored the equalizer with just nine-tenths of a second to go in the quarter, after freshman Steven Toto intercepted a long clearing pass and found sophomore James Robinson in front of the goal.

Freshman Cliff Burwell put the Mules up by one with 7:45 to play in the fourth, but the Mariners tied the game back up with an extra-man goal at the 4:22 mark.

Crescenzo made three saves after the last Kings Point goal, the last a sliding stop of a low shot with under a minute to play. Toto scooped up the ground ball and cleared the ball by running it down the field.

Muhlenberg called timeout with 41 ticks left to set up its final chance. A shot by Sean Toohill at the 15-second mark was saved, but the Mules retained possession when Kings Point was called for a push. Hollander then had his shot saved, and the resulting scramble for the ball led to the slashing penalty and Muhlenberg’s extra- man opportunity.

Crescenzo finished with a career-high 14 saves. Sophomore Dave Armstrong had two assists, increasing his team-leading total to seven, and picked up a team-high seven ground balls.

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Last updated March 20, 2004