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Women’s Tennis Escapes with CC Win
A three-set win by junior Kelly Fraser at No. 6 singles proved to be the difference as the Muhlenberg women’s tennis team picked up its first win of the season, edging Johns Hopkins, 5-4, in a key Centennial Conference matchup.

The Blue Jays (5-2, 0-2) entered the match ranked ninth in the Atlantic South Region.

The Mules (1-3, 1-0) won two of three close doubles matches, with junior Pam Kimmelman and freshman Jenn Powell winning the final six games to pull out an 8-5 victory at No. 2.

Senior Amy Schmidt and freshman Carly Rotfeld, who teamed for a No. 1 doubles win, were both victorious in singles action. Schmidt, playing her first singles match in three weeks, won with surprising ease (6-2, 6-3) against the 10th-ranked player in the region, who had not lost a match this spring.

Fraser dropped her first set, 6-2, but fought back to win 6-3 and 6-4, clinching the match for Muhlenberg.

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• Men’s Tennis: Washington 7, Muhlenberg 0. Washington, ranked ninth in the Atlantic South Region, dropped only 14 games in nine matches to hand the Mules a loss in their Centennial Conference opener.

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The Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team started a key seven-game stretch against Centennial Conference opponents with a 13-10 victory over Washington.

The Mules (6-1, 1-1) jumped off to a 7-0 lead and never let the Shorewomen (5-5, 0-3) come closer than three goals the rest of the way.

Muhlenberg continued the best start in program history and will be tested with road games next week against No. 14 Dickinson (Wednesday) and No. 10 Franklin & Marshall (Saturday).

The Mules scored two of their first three goals by outrunning the
Jessica Geiger
Senior Jessica Geiger scored her first goal of the season 24 seconds into the second half.
Shorewomen defense and getting a direct shot on goal. Freshman Ruth Morrongiello scored the first one at 2:59, and junior Katie Reimann gave Muhlenberg a 3-0 lead at 7:14 when she outran everyone off a restart from 30 yards out.

Muhlenberg scored its next two goals off two of the five goalie turnovers it forced. Sophomore Taylor Armstrong caused a turnover with a stick check in the corner and picked up the ground ball. She passed the ball to senior Shannon Donohue, who beat the goalie getting back to the net at 12:31 for the first of her two goals.

Just 1:25 later, freshman Kate Noone intercepted a pass from the Washington netminder from three feet away and deposited the ball in the net for a 5-0 lead.

“We had been working on [pressuring the goalie] the last few days at practice,” said Noone, who also scored a second-half goal after picking up a ground ball off a turnover. “We put a lot of pressure on her today and made her turn the ball over.”

Senior Courtney Tapkas scored the next two goals and added a third in the second half for her second consecutive hat trick and fourth on the season. The Shorewomen made a few runs, but never got closer than the 13-10 final.

“I was really out for getting our first Centennial Conference win,” said freshman Caroline Shadood, who made a season-high 17 saves. “I didn’t want anything to stop us. Our defense was focused on being loud and communicating non-stop today. Their offense was strong, but we were up to the task. It was a real fun game.”

Senior Steph Light recorded two goals, four ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. She gave the Mules a 13-7 lead 11 minutes to play when she intercepted a pass at full speed and ran 30 yards before scoring.

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Last updated March 25, 2006