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Junior James Robinson and sophomore Sean Toohill both recorded hat tricks to lead the Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team to a season-opening 12-5 win over DeSales in a game that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed by a day and moved to
Cliff Burwell
Sophomore Cliff Burwell assisted on consecutive extra-man goals in the second period.
Muhlenberg because of the early-week snowstorm.

It was the third straight season-opening win for the Mules, who also beat the Bulldogs a year ago to start the season. Muhlenberg is now 10-1 in non-conference games since men’s lacrosse returned as a varsity sport in the spring of 2003.

“It was a good win and a great way to start the season,” said Robinson, who scored his three goals on only five shots. “We’ve been practicing inside for the past two weeks, and had our scrimmage cancelled so this is the first time we had played outside in a while.”

The Mules may have been excited to finally be playing outside, but the below-freezing temperatures and wind made it tough for both teams.

“It was freezing, especially when I was standing on the sidelines, but when I was in game and my adrenaline got going, it wasn’t so bad,” said Robinson.

Having the luxury of going into the locker room at halftime with a 6-4 lead while DeSales stayed out on the field, the Mules warmed up and came out hot in the second half. Muhlenberg outscored DeSales 6-1 in the final two quarters, with the Bulldogs scoring their goal with just over a minute left when the game was already decided.

“Our defense came up huge,” remarked Robinson. “We went in at halftime and Coach said that he didn’t care how many goals we scored. He just wanted us to keep playing defense.”

Muhlenberg’ special teams were key in the third quarter. After the Mules killed off four straight extra-man opportunities for DeSales, Robinson scored a man-up goal to extend the lead to 8-4.

Freshman Mickey Norton had a goal and four assists (one short of the school record) in his first career game. Sophomore Kyle Hart led the defense with six ground balls and also scored the first goal of the game.

The win gave Chris Bissinger a successful debut as Muhlenberg head coach.

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Last updated March 3, 2005