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The starting time for Tuesday’s home softball doubleheader against Cabrini has been moved from 6:00 to 5:00. The twinbill is the Mules’ final one of the regular season. In addition to honoring its five seniors, the team will be sponsoring Fan Appreciation Night. Prizes ranging from Muhlenberg hats and t-shirts to minor-league baseball tickets will be given out during the evening.

The baseball game at DeSales scheduled for today was rained out. It will be made up on Thursday, April 29.

Mules Win Big over Elizabethtown to Close Season

The Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team ended its season on a high note, defeating Elizabethtown, 18-4, on senior night at Scotty Wood Stadium.

Shannon Donohue led the Mules (5-9) with seven points on five goals and two assists. Fellow sophomore Courtney Tapkas notched five goals to break a Muhlenberg
Candice Coffman
Coffman picked up three ground balls and finished the season with 33, three behind Bleakley, who had four against the Blue Jays.
record with her 29th straight game scoring a goal. She also had an assist.

But this night belonged to senior captains Giselle Aerni, Candice Coffman and Kristen Kastner, who were honored before the game, their last as a Mule. Coffman celebrated with a pair of goals, and Kastner added an assist.

“I definitely couldn’t have asked for anything more than a win, everyone playing together and scoring a couple goals” said Coffman. “It’s something I’ll take with me.”

Muhlenberg asserted its dominance quickly on the way to its fifth win in its last six non-conference home games. Sophomore Steph Light took a pass from junior Christa Carlstrand and scored to give the Mules a 1-0 lead just 25 seconds in.

The Mules kept up the offense, scoring 10 goals in the first 14:18 of the game and leading by an 11-0 margin at halftime. Donohue and Tapkas each had a hat trick and four points before the break.

Carlstrand, who scored once in the first half, found the net twice early in the second to notch her third hat trick in the last five games. She finished the season tied with Donohue for second on the team with 26 goals. Tapkas led all Mules with 43 goals and recorded the ninth 50-point season in ’Berg history.

Elizabethtown (6-10) set a school record for wins this year, but could not get the ball past Mule junior Diana Bleakley until the game’s 33rd minute. Bleakley made eight saves.

Appropriately, it was Coffman who put the finishing touches on the win, scoring the final goal of the season off a free-position shot with about four minutes remaining.

“It feels great,” said Coffman. “I hope it’s something that will carry the team into next season.”

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Last updated April 26, 2004