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It was business as usual at the top of the lineup, but the Muhlenberg women’s tennis team lost to Bryn Mawr for the first time in seven years, 5-4.

The Mules’ top three singles players – sophomore Jenn Powell, senior Pam Kimmelman and sophomore Carly Rotfeld – all won in straight sets for the third time in a week. The trio is a combined 16-2 this year, with Rotfeld winning all six of her matches.

Kimmelman shut out her opponent for the second time in three days. The last Muhlenberg player to win back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 matches was two-time All-America Amy Schmidt in 2004. Including doubles matches with Powell, Kimmelman lost only one game in four matches against McDaniel and Haverford.

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It’s time to win.

That’s the mentality the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team carried into today’s game, and it showed.

After losing two in a row, the Mules traveled to Kean for a non-conference matchup and
Ruth Morrongiello
Morrongiello leads all Muhlenberg players with six hat tricks on the season.
came out with a big win, 21-8. This is the team’s first victory after losing two in a row to tough Centennial Conference teams.

“Losing is never easy,” said senior Katie Reimann, “so it’s great to get back into the win column.”

Sophomore Ruth Morrongiello opened up the scoring with a free position goal just 44 seconds into the game – the first of her four goals on the day. The Mules then gave up three scores in a row but responded with three more of their own – two by Morrongiello – to take a 4-3 lead with just over 18 minutes left in the first half.

After Kean tied the score at 4-4 with 17:40 to go, Muhlenberg went on a 9-1 run to close out the half and go into the locker room with a comfortable lead, 13-5. Reimann recorded the first of her career-high five goals, as well as two assists, in that stretch. She finished the game with eight points, also a career high, to lead the team.

The eight points gave Reimann 105 for her career, making her the 12th player in team history to reach the century mark. She has 60 goals and now ranks third on the all-time list with 45 assists.

Sophomore Sara Hiller also contributed to that run, scoring all three of her goals in that time to record her fourth straight hat trick. Two more teammates – freshman Danielle Scarrone and junior Taylor Armstrong – also ended with hat tricks, and Armstrong finished the day with five points.

“It’s great that we have such versatility on our team,” Reimann said. “Anyone can score. If one person is having an off game, someone is always there to step up.”

The Mules opened the second half with four straight goals and carried that momentum through the rest of the game, reaching the 20-goal mark for the 10th time – the first since 2004.

With this win, Muhlenberg is now 6-0 on the season against non-conference opponents and has won 15 straight non-CC games. The Mules hope this game will make an impression on them for the rest of the season, as seven of their eight remaining games are against teams in the tough CC.

“We definitely got our momentum back for those important conference games,” Reimann said. “Now we have the mentality that we can win, and if we come out strong we can really show them what we can do.”

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Last updated March 27, 2007