Muhlenberg vs. Centenary
March 1, 2003
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The Game Story:
Freshman John Westendorf tied a school record with seven goals as the Muhlenberg men's lacrosse program made an extraordinarily successful return to campus with a 14-6 win against Centenary.

The game was the first for the Mules as a varsity sport since 1980. The Cyclones (0-2) went 11-4 and qualified for postseason play last year, falling to Richard Stockton in the ECAC Metro Tournament.

"We all expected to win," said sophomore midfielder Justin Saverine, who added four goals and an assist. "We knew they were a good team, but we knew we were capable of beating them. We've been practicing very well the last few weeks."

Muhlenberg led from start to finish, jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the first 6:20, and had large advantages in shots (43 to 24) and ground balls (38 to 14). The Mules scored on seven of their 11 extra-man opportunities and held Centenary to two extra-man goals in 10 tries.

Saverine played a big role in Muhlenberg's fast start, winning nine of 12 first-half faceoffs. He scored the first goal of the game, just 39 seconds in, after winning the opening face, and finished with 10 ground balls in the game.

"We had someone come in this week and work with me on my faceoff," noted Saverine. "My stance wasn't very good and I needed a position where I could get quicker. I felt really quick today and every time I won a faceoff it gave me confidence for the next one."

Westendorf's seven goals tied a school record set by Doug Cornwell against Stevens Tech in 1974 and tied by Jack Shields against the same team the following year - seven years before Westendorf was born.

Freshman Mike O'Malley assisted on two of Westendorf's goals and finished with three assists and a goal.

Sophomore Brad Lutzer (six ground balls) was one of the leaders of a defensive effort that kept the Cyclones off the scoreboard for the entire third period. Freshman Joe LaBella made eight saves.