women’s lacrosse resumes winning ways
The Mules (9-2, 5-2) tied the school record they set last year with their fifth Centennial
On the day before Easter, the Mules had plenty of hop in their step in the first half, scoring the first three goals of the game in a span of 79 seconds. Later in the half, senior Sara Hiller netted three consecutive goals in 3:13 to widen the lead to 10-2. Hiller then assisted junior Alyssa Bascelli with 2:26 left in the half, sending Muhlenberg into the locker room with a commanding 11-2 advantage.
But this is a Garnet (8-5, 1-5) squad that knows how to come back. Last week, Swarthmore nearly erased an 8-1 halftime deficit against Ursinus, eventually losing 10-9. And in the last game played between the two teams at Scotty Wood Stadium, the Garnet scored the final seven goals to stun the Mules, 14-13, in 2007.
Swarthmore put Muhlenberg on its heels in the second half and began to chip away at the lead, scoring five straight goals to cut the margin to four with plenty of time (11:52) left. The Mule defense stepped up, however, and kept the Garnet off the board the rest of the game. Sophomore Allisyn Vachon made nine of her 14 saves in the second half, including two big saves on free-position shots with the score 11-7.
Finally, with 46.8 seconds left, Muhlenberg scored its first second-half goal, with freshman Angela Napoletano converting a free-position shot, finishing a possession that started with a caused turnover by senior Farrin Jay.
Napoletano added the final goal of the game off a nice feed from sophomore Christine Van Hise in transition with 11.6 ticks left.
Hiller finished the game with four goals on only five shots, extending her goals-scored streak to 44 games, and sophomore Danielle Rosen also recorded a hat trick with three goals. For the defense, junior Katie Ferris picked up seven ground balls, and junior Ashley Foltiny caused four turnovers.
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