First the good news: The Muhlenberg mens lacrosse team set school
records for wins (seven) and goals scored (150) in 2005. Now the bad news:
The Centennial Conference is one of the toughest mens
lacrosse conferences in Division III.
The first senior to graduate from the Muhlenberg
mens lacrosse program, Lutzer recorded a school-record 157 ground
balls in three years. He also scored two goals and added four assists.
The Mules were ahead, tied or within one goal in the third quarter of half
of their eight CC games, including their opener against top-10 Gettysburg,
but for the second year in a row could not win a conference game. They
finished with an overall record of 7-9.
As it has in each of its three seasons since reinstatement as a varsity
sport, Muhlenberg excelled in non-conference competition, going 7-1, with
the lone loss coming to nationally ranked Lynchburg. The Mules are 16-2
outside of the CC the last three years.
Two of the non-conference wins came in overtime, against Montclair State
and (for the second straight year) Kings Point, improving Muhlenbergs
three-year overtime record to 5-0.
One sign of the Mules progress in the CC, although it did not show up
in the standings, was that they had their first two all-conference
selections. Bradley Lutzer, the lone senior on the team, received
second-team honors as a defenseman. He led all CC longstickmen with a
school-record 72 ground balls. Sophomore Kyle Hart, second to
Lutzer with 67 ground balls, earned honorable mention as a defensive
Junior Mike Tentindo scored a career-best six goals and
won 54.4 percent of his faceoffs.
Offensively, Muhlenberg was led by freshman Mickey Norton, who tied
a school record with 42 points. His 26 assists broke the school record and
already rank third on the programs all-time list. Sophomore Sean
Toohill scored a team-leading 22 goals, including the overtime
game-winner against Kings Point, and junior James Robinson added
Kyle Farris was one of several freshmen to make an impact,
finishing third on the team with 17 goals and fourth with 37 ground balls.
He polished off his first career hat trick by scoring the winning goal in
overtime to beat Montclair State.