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Trailing early in the second quarter to a team that it had beaten by a combined 37-5 the last two years, the Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team put the game in the hands of its defense.

The Mule defense blanked Moravian for nearly the last 40 minutes, while the offense scored seven unanswered goals for a 9-3 win.

The victory clinched the Matte Award for Muhlenberg for the third year in a row. Muhlenberg
Mike Brown
Sophomore midfielder Mike Brown assisted classmate Tim Martin on the Mules’ seventh goal.
has a 10-4 lead against its Lehigh Valley rival with four sports remaining.

The Mules (2-2), who broke out for 15 goals at Washington & Jefferson on Saturday after scoring just six in their first two games, had difficulty putting the ball in the net again in the early going against the Greyhounds (1-4). Muhlenberg had a 24-8 advantage in shots in the first half, but connected only three times.

Moravian scored twice in 17 seconds to take a 3-2 lead with 9:56 left in the second quarter, but that would be it for the Greyhound offense.

“We were ball-watching a lot in the first half,” said junior Steven Toto, who tied for the team lead with five ground balls. “We started to pressure them more in the second half, and we were talking more. Communication was key.”

Junior Sean Toohill put the Mules ahead for good early in the third quarter off a feed from sophomore Mickey Norton, and junior Kyle Farris scored the next two goals to complete his second straight hat trick. As it did at W&J, Muhlenberg dominated the fourth quarter, scoring four goals to put the game out of reach.

Junior Daniel Kotch made 10 saves and got help from Toto and sophomores Carlo Morrongiello, Patrick Lewis, Luke Silverman and William Boss, who limited Moravian to four shots and no goals on five extra-man opportunities.

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