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Tapkas Reaches Milestone in Women’s Lax Loss

The Muhlenberg men’s tennis team won all nine matches to blank Penn
Mitchell Reading
Like Kraft, junior Mitchell Reading won all but one game in his singles match at No. 3.
State Berks-Lehigh Valley, 7-0, for its first shutout of the season.

The Mules (3-2) dropped only 13 total games in the six singles matches against the Nittany Lions (2-1), who are a provisional NCAA Division III member. The last time they took singles so decisively was in a 2001 win against Ursinus.

Junior Jeff Kraft lost only two games combined in his No. 1 doubles and singles matches. His doubles partner, senior Brian Barkauskas, earned his first singles victory of the year at No. 2, 6-2, 6-1.

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• Women’s Lacrosse: Franklin & Marshall (3-3, 1-0), ranked 15th in Division III, used its excellent team speed to sprint to an 18-3 win over Muhlenberg (2-3, 0-1) in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams.

Sophomore Courtney Tapkas scored two of the Mules’ three goals, becoming the ninth player in team history to notch 100 career points.

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The Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team allowed only one goal in the first three periods en route to its fourth straight win, 10-4 against Wesley.

With the victory, the Mules (5-1) matched their win total from last year and tied the school record for consecutive wins they set last season. Muhlenberg also improved to 8-2 at home and 9-1 in non-conference games over the last two seasons. The Mules have only Centennial Conference games remaining on their schedule, including three at home against nationally ranked teams, beginning next Wednesday against No. 4 Gettysburg.

While the ’Berg offense struggled to score goals for much of the game, the defense put the clamps on the Wolverines (1-3). Longsticks Bradley Lutzer, Steven Toto, Kyle Hart, Ryan Long, Christian Messler and Eric Strumza helped limit Wesley to 15 shots in the first three periods and killed off all six man-down situations.

When the Wolverines did get a shot off, freshman Gavin Crescenzo was there to stop it. He made a career-high 15 saves.

Entering the fourth period, the Muhlenberg defense was working on a stretch of one goal allowed in its last 90 minutes.

Sophomore Dave Armstrong scored both of his goals in the first half, which ended with the Mules up only 4-1 despite a big advantage in shots (27-10). Sophomore John Westendorf netted a man-down goal early in the second half, and Muhlenberg stretched its lead to 7-1 before Wesley scored a minute-and-a-half into the fourth.

The Mules responded with two scores in a span of 16 seconds, the second the first career goal for Messler. Sophomore James Robinson closed out the scoring, finishing off his fourth hat trick of the season with 6:27 left.

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