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Men’s Tennis Wins Spring Opener

Junior Brad Gutwillig and freshman Jesse Kirschenbaum both came from behind to win their singles matches in three sets as the Muhlenberg men’s tennis team won its first match of the spring season, 6-1 at Moravian.

The victory extended the Mules’ lead in the 2004-05 Matte Award standings to 7-4. ’Berg will have a chance to further widen the gap the next two nights in lacrosse games (men on Wednesday at Lehigh; women on Thursday at Muhlenberg).

Although the Greyhounds won at first singles, Muhlenberg took second and third handily to capture the doubles point. The Mules then went on to win five of the six singles – three of which went to three sets – matches to defeat Moravian for the fourth year in a row.

Unusually for a 6-1 match, senior Mitchell Reading was the only Mule to win at both singles and doubles.

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The Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team made its first win of the season a memorable one, picking up the first shutout in team history in a 18-0 win over Chestnut Hill.

The Mules (1-1) carried the play in the offensive zone for much of the game, and when the Griffins (0-1) were able to set up on offense, the Muhlenberg defense stood tall to preserve the shutout.

“It’s exciting to be a part of the team that picked up the first shutout in team history,” said senior Allison Marman, who recorded two ground balls in the game. “The defense works hard and sometimes we don’t get noticed because the offense scores all the goals. It gives us a chance to get the recognition we deserve.”

Sophomore Kelli Sakonchick joined Marman as a starter on defense and had a strong game. She recorded five draw controls, two ground balls, a caused turnover, and also scored a goal.

Ten different goal scorers paced the Mules offense, led by junior Courtney Tapkas. Tapkas scored five goals, four of which came in the first half when the Mules scored 14 goals, one shy of the team record for most goals in a half.

Senior Christa Carlstrand, junior Shannon Donohue and sophomore Katie Reimann all scored two goals in the first half.

Four players scored their first career goals in the game, including freshman Taylor Armstrong, who scored two. Junior Charlotte Adams, sophomore Lauren Schram and freshman Kate Sawyer added a goal apiece for their first career goals.

“It’s a big win for us,” said Marman of the Mules’ first win of the season. “It’s good to get a win under our belt because now we can relax and go on with the season.”

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Last updated March 15, 2005