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Men’s Lax, Softball Come Close to Landmark Wins
Men’s Tennis Rolls Past Bears

The Muhlenberg men’s tennis team secured its second straight Centennial Conference win, defeating Ursinus at home, 9-0. The win puts the Mules on a three-match winning streak overall as they head into a tough CC match against No. 21 Johns Hopkins on Saturday.

Playing with a new doubles lineup for the third time this season, the Mules swept the first portion of the match.

Junior Jesse Kirschenbaum and freshman Mark Apostolos played together at No. 3 singles for the first time this spring and came out with a win, 8-5. At No. 1 doubles, freshman Robbie Goldwein and junior Doug Wayne also pulled out an 8-5 victory, while sophomore Brian Wernick and freshman Jonathan Farber combined for a win at No. 2, 8-3.

In singles, Wernick (No. 2), Farber (No. 5) and junior Jamie Goldman (No. 6) each won in straight sets. Goldman leads the Mules with six singles wins on year.

At No. 3, Kirschenbaum fought back from a 6-3 loss in the first set to win the next two sets, 6-4 and 7-5. Goldwein (No. 1) and Apostolos (No. 4) both won in supertiebreakers after winning their first sets and dropping the second.

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Playing its third straight nationally ranked Centennial Conference opponent, Muhlenberg came agonizingly close, but lost at home to Haverford, 7-5.

The Fords (5-2, 2-0) are ranked 16th in Division III and had defeated top-15 teams, including then-No. 2 Gettysburg, in their previous two games.

After falling behind 1-0, the Mules (4-3, 0-3) scored the next three goals, with two coming on extra-man opportunities, to take a 3-1 lead with 4:01 left in the first quarter. Muhlenberg entered the game third in Division III in man-up percentage (.500), while Haverford was 12th in shutting down the man advantage (.882).

The Fords netted the next four goals, preventing the Mules from scoring again until late in the third quarter. With 12.6 seconds left in the third, junior Kyle Farris converted a pass from freshman Ari Jacobson to make the score 5-4.

Farris scored his fourth goal of the game on an extra-man opportunity with 12:24 left in the fourth, tying the game. Haverford scored less than a minute later to take the lead back, then added an insurance goal with 9:17 to play.

Muhlenberg outshot Haverford, 28-18. The Mules’ losses to the Fords the last five years are by a total of 11 goals.

Senior Kyle Hart led the defense with five ground balls.

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The Mules were five outs away from their first win ever against The College of New Jersey, but the Lions scored four times in the bottom of the sixth for an 8-5 win, completing a doubleheader sweep. TCNJ took the first game, 5-1.

Muhlenberg (3-11) is 0-28 all-time against TCNJ.

A three-run homer in the bottom of the first put the Mules into an early hole, but they responded with four runs in the next half-inning. Sophomore Lara Kestenbaum singled in the first run, and senior Hilary Marinchak brought in three more with a two-out, bases-clearing triple.

Muhlenberg added to its lead when sophomore Michelle Consiglio singled in a run the next inning. The Lions (9-3) scored in the bottom of the third, and the score remained 5-4 until the sixth.

In the first game, the Mules used singles by Marinchak and senior Katie Olson to put runners on first and second with no outs in the top of sixth. After a fielder’s choice, sophomore RiRi Ferrigno hit a sacrifice fly to center field and drove Marinchak home for Muhlenberg’s only run of the game.

The run cut the Lions’ lead to 3-1 midway through the sixth, but New Jersey tacked on two more runs in the bottom of that inning to seal the game.

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