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Men’s Lacrosse Falls to F&M

• Track and Field: Sophomore Karen Mount broke the school record in the 1500 meters to lead the Muhlenberg women to a seventh-place finish at the Delaware Invitational. She came in in 4:55.04, beating the mark set by Laura Roth in 2001.

In the meet scoring, Muhlenberg competed only against Division II and III schools, but freshman Lex Mercado placed first among all divisions in the 800 meters. He missed the NCAA-qualifying standard by 1.43 seconds and was one of three Mules to come close.

Sophomore Danielle Seiler was 1.59 seconds off in the 400-meter hurdles, and freshman Sarah Mitchell was about two feet shy in the javelin. Both placed second.

Senior Randy Holak won the javelin, and the men’s team placed eighth.

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• Men’s Lacrosse: The Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team lost its third straight Centennial Conference game, 12-8 to Franklin & Marshall at Scotty Wood Stadium.

James Robinson scored three goals for his fifth hat trick of the year, and fellow sophomore Galen Marsh netted two.

Freshman Gavin Crescenzo kept the Mules (5-4, 0-3) close enough to make a run, making a career-high 18 saves, including six in the fourth quarter. Muhlenberg cut the F&M lead to 11-8 with 8:03 left, on the second goal scored by freshman John Kushay off a Kevin Kessler assist, but did not score again.

Robinson scored the Mules’ first two goals, including a momentum-booster with 1.2 seconds left in the first quarter. When a Kessler shot was knocked down in front of the cage, Robinson nabbed the ground ball and scored to keep Muhlenberg within two goals.

The Diplomats (7-2, 2-1) scored the first two goals of the second quarter to take back control. They netted another in the final minute of the half and led by as many as five before Kushay scored from Kessler with 10.2 seconds left in the third.

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Junior Matthew Long hit a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the first inning of the second game as the Muhlenberg baseball team split a home doubleheader with Washington. The Shoremen (6-18, 1-10) took the first game, 6-3, but Long’s slam propelled the Mules (7-10-1, 2-6-1) to a 9-7 victory in Game 2.

Washington broke a 13-game losing streak with the first-game win, then scored two runs in the top of the first in the nightcap. Junior C.J. Kessler and freshman Ryan Sassaman led off the bottom of the first with singles, and a hit batsman loaded the bases. Long then cleared them with a blast over the 390 sign in left-center, Muhlenberg’s first grand slam since current assistant coach Joshua Carter belted an inside-the-park slam in 2001.

The Mules added two more runs in the inning, the first when senior Joel Rush came all the way around from first on an infield throwing error, and the second on a single by senior Adam Sadler.

Ryan Sassaman
Freshman Ryan Sassaman lines up a third-inning pitch for a hit-and-run single to right field that led to two Muhlenberg runs in Game 1. Sassaman had his second-straight three-hit game in the opener and went 9-for-17 in the Mules’ four games during the week.

The Shoremen cut the score to 6-4 with two in the top of the second, but the Mules scored on a bases-loaded walk and infield error in the third, then on another bases-loaded walk in the sixth to take a seemingly comfortable 9-4 lead into the seventh.

Junior Matthew Cooper had retired nine of his last 10 hitters after getting the first two out in the seventh, but then five straight Washington batters reached base. Three of them scored, leaving the score 9-7 with the potential tying run on first.

Freshman Brandon Manekin came in from the bullpen and got the Shoremen’s next batter to look at a called third strike, earning his first career save.

Muhlenberg had a 3-2 lead after three innings in the opener, but Washington scored four unearned runs in the fourth and fifth. Junior Aaron Regensburg tossed a complete game, allowing only one earned run.

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Last updated April 10, 2004