Modern society is often criticized for its instant gratification
culture, but the Muhlenberg mens lacrosse team found that delayed
gratification can be worth the wait.
Senior Mike Tentindo was second on the team with 33 faceoffs won in 2006.
His 97 career ground balls rank fourth on the Mules all-time list.
Since their reinstatement as a varsity sport in 2003, the Mules had been
looking for their first win against an established Centennial Conference
program. They had come maddeningly close, with three one-goal losses, a
two-goal loss and a pair of three-goal losses in the last two years alone.
After a three-goal loss to Haverford early in 2006 extended
CC winless streak to 18, the Mules welcomed Franklin & Marshall for a game
they thought they could win. The teams were preparing up for their
Saturday afternoon game when a sudden snowstorm hit, making the field
unsafe for play.
The Diplomats went back home to Lancaster, and when they returned the next
night, Muhlenberg was ready. The Mules jumped out to an 8-0 lead and got
the monkey off their backs with a 14-6 victory.
Senior Galen Marsh scored nine goals, all in CC games, including four in
the landmark win against Franklin & Marshall.
Playing with renewed confidence, Muhlenberg split its final six CC games
to finish 6-7 overall, 3-5 in the CC. In a sign of progress, the Mules
were the last team eliminated from the CC playoff picture.
Muhlenberg used increased depth and experience to succeed where past teams
had fallen short. The depth allowed the Mules to run out several
dependable lines and press on even when their captain was sidelined with
Three Muhlenberg players one from each field position received
All-Centennial Conference honorable mention. On attack, sophomore
Norton was chosen after recording 16 goals and 14 assists. He became
programs career leader with 40 assists in his two seasons.
Robinson notched a hat trick in his final game and ended up with 76 career
goals, just one short of the school record.
Sophomore midfielder Kyle Farris emerged as one of the top
threats in the CC, leading the Mules with 33 points on 28 goals and five
assists. He recorded five consecutive hat tricks in one stretch and ranked
fifth in the CC in goals per game.
The Mules third all-conference player, junior Steven Toto,
team with 43 ground balls and took over the leadership of the defense when
classmate Kyle Hart suffered an injury.
Junior Sean Toohill (17 goals, 10 assists), senior James
goals) and freshman Nick Fletcher (six goals, eight assists) also
among the teams scoring leaders. Sophomore specialist Luke
faceoffs won) and sophomore wing Tim Dwyre (29 ground balls) helped
win 52.7 percent of faceoffs.
Toto, Hart, sophomores Carlo Morrongiello and Patrick Lewis
John DeLuca were among the stalwarts on a defense that allowed 81
15 fewer than last year in CC games. Junior Daniel Kotch, a
from Susquehanna, started every game in goal and recorded a .524 save