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Tapkas, Tobia Earn CC Honors

Two Muhlenberg spring athletes have been named player of the week by the Centennial Conference.

Courtney Tapkas Junior Courtney Tapkas of the women’s lacrosse team earned the honor after scoring 15 goals and adding three assists to lead the Mules to wins against Chestnut Hill, Moravian and Kean. She had six goals and two assists vs. Moravian and scored her 15 goals on 22 shots for a 68.2 shooting percentage.

Tapkas leads the CC in goals per game (3.75) and is fourth in points per game (4.50). She is fourth in Muhlenberg history with 131 career goals.

Matt Tobia From the baseball team, junior Matt Tobia was named co-player of the week. He hit .545 with seven RBI in three games to lead the Mules to three straight wins. He had a double, triple and home run against Wilkes, missing Muhlenberg’s first cycle in 51 years by a single, and had a 1.091 slugging percentage for the week.

Tobia is fourth in the CC in both batting average (.486) and slugging percentage (.784). He also is tied for second with six doubles and tied for fourth with 16 RBI.

Junior James Robinson scored three of his four goals in the first half as the Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team built up a seven-goal lead and went on to defeat Washington & Jefferson, 13-8.

With the win, the Mules (5-1) matched their win total from each of the previous two seasons. Muhlenberg also improved to 14-2 in non-conference games over the last three years.

Scoring at the end of each quarter in the first half was a key for Mules. Muhlenberg was leading 2-1 when Robinson scored two in the final two minutes of the first, including a goal with only 2.8 seconds remaining that gave the Mules a three-goal advantage. Juniors Brian Schimaneck and Justin Hollander each scored in the final 1:10 of the second period to give the Mules an 8-1 lead at halftime.

The Presidents (0-4) tried to make a game of it in the second half, scoring the first four goals, including three in only 19 seconds to get within three at 8-5. Junior John Westendorf answered with an extra-man goal and the Mules scored two more before the end of the period and were not threatened the rest of the way.

In addition to his four goals, Robinson picked up a career-high seven ground balls. Freshman Kyle Farris added two goals, while freshman Mickey Norton had two assists to increase his total to a team-leading 13, tying for the second-highest season total in school history.

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Three-set wins were the order of the day as the Muhlenberg men’s tennis team blanked Elizabethtown, 7-0, for its third win against a Commonwealth Conference squad this season.

After the Mules (3-1) won the doubles point, the first three singles matches on the Deitrich Field House courts all went to three sets. Senior Mitchell Reading at No. 3 and freshmen Jesse Kirschenbaum and David Yaron at Nos. 5 and 6 all prevailed 6-1 in their third sets to clinch the match.

Junior Brad Gutwillig added another three-set win at No. 2.

Senior Jeff Kraft teamed with Gutwillig for an 8-6 win at first doubles against a Blue Jay team whose only previous loss came to a duo from Catawba, a regionally ranked Division II squad. It was Kraft’s 80th career win.

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Last updated March 21, 2005