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Wednesday, March 7, 2007
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When the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team leaves Hilton Head to return to Allentown tomorrow, they may be leaving behind nice warm weather, but they’ll be bringing back a perfect 3-0 record to start the season. That’s one deal they’re willing to take.

In the final game of their spring break trip, the Mules defeated Methodist, 13-6, to start a
Katie Reimann
Senior Katie Reimann scored twice in the win, opening the game with a goal 1:43 in.
season with three straight wins for the second year in a row.

“We can keep this streak going if we just continue to keep our transition strong and keep using smart shot selection,” said freshman Alyssa Bascelli.

Three Muhlenberg players recorded hat tricks in this game, headed by sophomore Ruth Morrongiello, who led all scorers with five goals and one assist. Bascelli and sophomore Sara Hiller each added three scores.

“It was great to score those goals because, as a freshman, I felt like I meshed into the team,” Bascelli said. “It felt like we’ve all been playing together forever.”

Bascelli’s hat trick was the first of her career, while Hiller’s was her first of the season and third of her career. Morrongiello’s five goals tied a career high, which she set earlier this season.

Muhlenberg held the Monarchs (1-4) to just three goals in each half, going into the break with a 5-3 lead. The Mules opened the game with four goals in the first 15 minutes but then gave up three straight, as Methodist cut the lead to 4-3 in the 20th minute. Exactly 25:00 in, Morrongiello scored the second of her five goals to pad the Mules’ lead to two before halftime.

Muhlenberg then scored the first three goals of the second half – two of which came 18 seconds apart in the third minute – and carried that momentum throughout.

“Our defense has been playing great,” Bascelli said, as the Mules have given up just five and six goals, respectively, in their last two games. “Everyone has been sliding and helping each other out, and they’ve really been playing as a unit.”

All in all – offensively, defensively and off the field – this trip has been a success for the Mules. The highlights? According to Bascelli, “spending time together as a team and recording two victories as team.”

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Last updated March 7, 2007