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Needs Three Wins Sunday

For the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes, Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse looked nothing like a team that was wrapping up a winless conference season.

The Mules jumped out to a 3-1 lead and outscored McDaniel 6-0 in the fourth quarter. The only problem was the middle of the game, in which the Green Terror opened up a 13-5 lead. McDaniel (8-7, 5-3) held on to win, 13-11, and clinch a Centennial Conference playoff berth.

Muhlenberg (5-9, 0-8) outshot the Green Terror, 43-33 for the game and 16-2 in the fourth quarter. Freshman Sean Toohill started the comeback bid by scoring his third goal of the game off a pass from classmate Jordan Schanen with 12:33 to go. Sophomore Justin Hollander scooped up the ensuing faceoff and bounced in his second goal just 21 seconds later.

It took only 36 seconds for the Mules to strike again, as sophomore Mike Tentindo dove from behind the net to score his second goal of the year, making the score 13-8. Muhlenberg did not get another goal for more than six minutes, but thanks to the play of defenders Bradley Lutzer, Christian Messler (six ground balls apiece), Ryan Long (five) and Kyle Hart (four) and goalie Jay Hoffman (five), neither did the Green Terror.

Freshman James McTernan, who like Hoffman made his first career start, tipped in a rebound at the 5:04 mark to make it 13-9. The Mules got a break at the 2:03 mark when a McDaniel defender put the ball in his own net, and then McTernan finished off his hat trick with 50 seconds left.

The Green Terror won the next faceoff, though, and Muhlenberg did not get a shot to draw any closer.

The game marked the first time in 16 CC games the last two years that the Mules scored in double digits.

Toohill’s third hat trick gave him 17 goals for the season. Hollander finished as the team leader in assists (12), while Lutzer (49) edged out Hart (43) and junior Justin Saverine for the lead in ground balls.

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For the second straight year, the Muhlenberg softball team entered the Centennial Conference playoffs as the fourth seed and opened play by knocking off the first seed.

Clutch hitting by senior Jackie Maser and excellent relief pitching by freshman Nicole Washburn lifted the Mules to a 4-1 win against Ursinus.

An untimely error in Muhlenberg’s second game paved the way for an 8-1 McDaniel win. The Green Terror (26-9) is in the driver’s seat to win the CC championship. The Mules (21-11) face a rematch with Ursinus on Sunday at 10 a.m. The winner of that game needs to defeat McDaniel twice on capture the title.

Bear starting pitcher Erin Skinner came into the game 17-2 with a 0.65 ERA and nearly pitched a perfect game against Muhlenberg when the two teams met 11 days ago. It took the Mules only one batter to get their first hit this time, as senior Nicole Sarno led off with a single. Two outs later, Maser ripped a triple to right to plate the first run. Freshman Tina Roth followed with an RBI single.

Muhlenberg added a third run in the fourth when senior Kate Dischino, who had led off with a single, eluded a tag by the third baseman on her way to the plate on Sarno’s grounder.

Senior Danielle DeLucia shut out Ursinus on three hits through the first five innings, but in the sixth the first two batters singled and doubled to score a run. In came Washburn with a runner on third and nobody out. She got two flyouts and a popout to get out of the inning without any further damage.

The Mules got the run back in the seventh on Maser’s sacrifice fly. Washburn then worked a 1-2-3 seventh for her first career save.

Muhlenberg scored in the first inning of the McDaniel game as well. Sarno led off with another single, was bunted to second and came around to score on two wild pitches.

The Green Terror had tied the score in the top of the third and had two out when the Mules made an error on a ground ball. That opened the floodgates, and before Muhlenberg finally secured the third out seven runs had crossed the plate.

The Mules managed only four hits in the game and could not mount a comeback effort.

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Last updated May 1, 2004