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Experienced Women’s Golf to Open Tomorrow

The Muhlenberg women’s golf team is scheduled to begin its sixth varsity season when it tees it up at the Dickinson Invitational tomorrow.

The Mules, who also are scheduled to host a nine-team meet on Monday, have their most seasoned team ever as they prepare for the Centennial Conference Championships, which are slated for the last weekend in April in York, Pa.

“We have much more experience this year,” said senior Kristen Bruschi. “We have four returning girls that have already participated in conferences. I am excited at the prospect of contending for the conference title.”

Bruschi is one of the more experienced players and has worked to improve her game since joining the team as a sophomore. She was Muhlenberg’s top finisher at the CC Championships each of the last two years, coming in eighth with a 36-hole total of 197 last spring.

Sophomore Kristen Amore led the team with a stroke average of 100.0 as a freshman and was five strokes behind Bruschi at the CC tournament. Sophomores Laura Fazio and Lindsay Scott showed great potential in their rookie campaigns, and junior Keiko Yoshida has improved her average considerably from her first season.


Bruschi shot a 92, the Mules’ low round of the season, on the second day of the CC Championships.

The Mules, who competed only three times prior to the CC Championships last year, will put their experience to the test (weather permitting) in five regular-season tournaments in 2005.

“Due to the fact that we have more tournaments this season, we will have a greater chance to improve and be prepared for conferences,” noted Bruschi.

Lacrosse Wins Fifth; Tennis Defeats Ranked Foe

The Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team overcame slow starts in the first 10 minutes of each half to topple Bryn Mawr, 15-5, for its second straight Centennial Conference win.

Muhlenberg (5-2, 2-1) led by three at halftime, and junior Shannon Donohue’s third goal of the game gave the Mules a 6-2 cushion early in the second half. The Owls (0-2, 3-5) answered with three goals in only 1:45 to close the gap to one with still over 22 minutes remaining.

Unfazed by the Bryn Mawr rally, junior Jessica Geiger scored to help Muhlenberg regain the momentum. The Mules scored eight more goals before the game was over, holding the Owls scoreless the rest of the way. Donohue capped off the win by scoring her sixth goal of the game for her 100th career point.

Playing for the first time in a week, Muhlenberg trailed 2-0 early in the game. After a timeout with 19:18 left in the first half, sophomore Katie Reimann got the Mules on the board with a free-position score. It was just the beginning of a great game for Reimann, who ended up with six points (four goals, two assists).

Senior Christa Carlstrand had five points, and junior Courtney Tapkas celebrated her 21st birthday by scoring twice.

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For the second time this season, Muhlenberg scored an impressive 8-1 win against a regionally ranked school.

This time the opponent was Elizabethtown, which plays its traditional season in the fall. The Blue Jays were a perfect 14-0 last fall and won the Commonwealth Conference championship, earning rankings of No. 8 in the Atlantic South Region and No. 32 in Division III.

The Mules (5-3) have played four of their last five matches against teams ranked in the top 10 in the region, splitting the four. Muhlenberg is unranked because it did not play a fall schedule.

Two Mules tied school records at Elizabethtown: junior Amy Schmidt won her 18th consecutive match in spring dual meets, and senior Emily Oster captured her 39th career doubles win.

Schmidt’s 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles came against the 33rd-ranked singles player in the region. She and freshman Ashley Reed improved to 3-0 against regionally ranked doubles teams with an 8-2 win against the Blue Jay duo ranked 23rd.

Oster came back after dropping the first set 6-2 to win her No. 3 singles match, and sophomore doubles partner Pam Kimmelman scored her third career 6-0, 6-0 victory.

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Muhlenberg concluded a grueling portion of its schedule with a doubleheader sweep at the hands of 25th-ranked New Jersey, 9-0 and 9-1.

The Mules (6-9), who are scheduled to open Centennial Conference play Saturday against Gettysburg, have lost seven in a row, six to teams that
Andrea Cohen scoring run
Cohen slides around the block of the TCNJ catcher to score Muhlenberg’s lone run.
have played in the NCAA Division III championship game in the last decade. The lone exception, Cortland State, won its NCAA regional each of the last two years.

Muhlenberg managed only 10 hits in two games against the Lions (15-6). The lone run came in the top of the third of Game 2, when junior Andrea Cohen doubled down the left-field line, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Hilary Marinchak and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Becki Toth.

That gave the Mules a 1-0 lead, but TCNJ scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to take command.

Toth had two singles in the first game, and juniors Lindsay Ruhling and Tara DeMarzo hit safely twice each in the nightcap.

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Last updated March 31, 2005