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Womens Tennis Breezes in Home Finale
Mens Lacrosse Explodes Offensively
The Muhlenberg womens tennis team tied a school record with its third straight shutout, blanking Gettysburg in its last home match of the season.
The Mules (10-3, 7-1) won their seventh in a row overall, reaching double digits in victories for the fifth consecutive year and finishing undefeated at home for the fourth year in a row. Muhlenberg has a 31-match homecourt winning streak.
Like her team, junior Amy Schmidt continued to dominate her opponents, winning at both doubles and singles for the 11th straight match. She has a season record of 25-1, breaking the school record for combined wins in a season she previously shared with three other players.
Playing at home for the final time, senior Emily Oster also was a double winner, tying the school record for career combined wins (78) in spring dual matches.
Sophomore Kelly Fraser notched her first career 6-0, 6-0 shutout to run her singles mark to 10-2, and freshman Jacquelyn Magner recorded her first career doubles win and prevailed in a second-set tiebreaker to win at singles.
The Muhlenberg mens lacrosse team, held to single digits in goals in its previous five games, broke out to defeat Kenyon, 20-9, and set a school record with its seventh win of the season.
The 20 goals were one short of the school record, as were the Mules 10 assists. The team set school records for goals (124) and assists (57) in a season.
Leading the assist parade was freshman Mickey Norton, who notched three to tie the school record for assists in a season (22).
Junior Galen Marsh led 11 players in the scoring column with a career-high four goals, and freshman James Corley, making his first career start, scored three goals on four shots.
Muhlenberg (7-4) broke open a 2-1 game by scoring six consecutive goals to open up an 8-1 lead on Marshs extra-man goal with 5:49 left in the second quarter. Already leading 13-6, the Mules scored seven times in the final 15 minutes.
Sophomore Kyle Hart had a goal, assist and game-high seven ground balls, while senior Bradley Lutzer scooped up six ground balls.
The Mules (7-5, 3-4) are tied for fifth in the CC, but have lost to both of the teams with which they are tied and have their two remaining games against teams ahead of them (Dickinson and Gettysburg).
Junior Courtney Tapkas scored five goals to move to within one of the school record for goals in a career.
TRACK & FIELD
Muhlenberg had one of its best meets ever at the Bucknell Outdoor Classic, a large meet that featured athletes from nearly 40 schools.
Because of the size of the meet and the presence of many Division I teams, the Mules did not earn many places, but they were impressive nonetheless, with two NCAA provisional qualifying performances, seven school records and 19 ECAC-qualifying performances.
Senior John Brodowski won the decathlon with an NCAA provisional score of 6,405 points, which should earn him a trip to the national meet for the third year in a row. The automatic standard is 6,550. Although he missed his own school record by six points, Brodowski qualified for ECACs in three events of the decathlon, the long jump, high jump and javelin.
Sophomore Sarah Mitchell, who had previously qualified provisionally in the javelin, improved her chances with a school-record throw of 133-0. That mark would have gotten her into the NCAA Championships last year.
Sophomore Rachel Drosdick also broke her own school record, scoring 3,819 points in the heptathlon nearly 400 points better than the old record. She qualified for ECACs both in the heptathlon and the 100 high hurdles.
Two mens runners sophomore Dave Chesny and senior Christopher Martin went under the previous school record in the steeplechase, with both qualifying for ECACs.
Junior Karen Mount set school records in two events, the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters, and senior Jenna Belisonzi broke a 12-year-old school record in the 5,000 meters. The womens 4x100-meter relay team broke the school record it set last week.
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Last updated April 16, 2005