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The monkey is off the back.

Four years into the revival of men’s lacrosse at Muhlenberg, the program came away with the breakthrough win it had been looking for against an established team in the highly competitive Centennial
Kyle Farris
Sophomore Kyle Farris, who had scored at least three goals in five straight games, finished with two goals and an assist.

The Mules (4-4, 1-2) dismantled Franklin & Marshall (5-4, 1-2), the CC runner-up a season ago, to break their 18-game losing streak in conference games and earn their second-ever Centennial Conference victory, 14-6.

“It feels so great,” said senior Mike Tentindo, who has been with the program since it regained varsity status in 2003, following a 22-year layoff. “We finally played to our full potential. We’ve been in position before to win before, but today everyone was on the same page, and we were firing on all cylinders. We need to use this as a springboard for the rest of the season.”

The 14 goals are the most Muhlenberg has ever scored against a Centennial Conference opponent. The Mules outshot F&M, 37-26, including 31-14 over the first three quarters.

Senior Galen Marsh led the charge with four goals, including three during Muhlenberg’s 8-0 run to start the game. Senior James Robinson completed the run when he picked up a ground ball at midfield and threw it into an empty net with 5:18 left in the second quarter.

The Mule defense kept the Diplomats off the board until the 2:33 mark of the second quarter. Franklin & Marshall scored twice, but Muhlenberg responded back with 1:25 remaining in the quarter as Marsh scored his fourth goal of the game, giving Muhlenberg a 9-2 lead at the half. Marsh entered the game with 24 career goals, but had yet to record one in 2006.

Muhlenberg started the second half as strong as it played in the first, holding the Diplomats scoreless for the third quarter while the offense kept firing away. Robinson scored his second of three goals just 1:55 into the half, and sophomore Tim Martin added another goal 1:34 later to give Muhlenberg an 11-2 lead.

“Our defense has been progressing more and more as the season has gone on,” said Tentindo. “Our offense did a great job at keeping the ball away and helping our defense stay fresh. When [Franklin & Marshall] had the ball, our defense kept them out of the game they wanted to play.”

Sophomore Mickey Norton scored four points (two goals and two assists) for the second straight game

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Last updated April 9, 2006