Monday, April 23, 2007
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Warm weather produced hot shooters for the Muhlenberg womens lacrosse team, as it handily defeated Neumann, 18-6, on senior night in the teams first ever matchup.
With the win, seniors Katie Reimann and Kelli Sakonchick will graduate from Muhlenberg as the winningest class in school history with 32 victories,
Going into this game, we didnt even know that we might come out of it as the winningest class, Sakonchick said. Knowing that now, this win means that much more.
From the moment Reimann and Sakonchick were honored in a pre-game ceremony, until
It was great to see the way everyone worked together in our last game, Reimann said. Many of our goals were assisted, so it shows how well we were moving the ball and finding each other on offense.
The Mules opened the game with a 3-0 lead in the first 2:34 and took an 11-1 advantage into the locker room.
Junior Taylor Armstrong recorded all three of her assists on consecutive goals in the first half two by sophomore Sara Hiller and another by Reimann.
Hiller stayed hot in the second half, scoring three more of her career-high six goals in the first 5:22 of the period, and each of those goals was assisted by freshman Amanda McGovern. Hillers seven points on the game were also a career-best and put her over the 40-point mark for the season, making this the first time in Muhlenberg history that four players (Hiller, Reimann, Armstrong and sophomore Ruth Morrongiello) reached the mark in the same season.
As the second half came to a close, Muhlenberg head coach Kristen Stuckel put Sakonchick normally a defensive player on offense to try to get her to score. Sakonchick made a few nice moves, but she was unable to put the ball in the net. Instead, she ended her career in a way that is more fitting to her aggressive style of play: she received a yellow card and was forced to spend the final 45.7 seconds of her career on the bench. When she got there, however, she was greeted by appreciative cheers from her teammates and fans.
Sakonchick finished the game with five ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Reimann scored one goal and assisted on another and recorded three ground balls and three draw controls.
In addition to becoming the winningest class in school history, Sakonchick and Reimann will be remembered for other reasons, as well. Sakonchick graduates from Muhlenberg in third place all-time with 79 caused turnovers. Reimann, on the other hand, finishes her career among the all-time leaders in three categories, including third in career assists (52).
But when it comes down to it, these unselfish young women care more about their team than their individual stats.
Our program has grown so much since we came in as freshmen, Reimann said. The fact that weve been able to help the team grow to get to this level is really special.
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Last updated April 23, 2007