A last-minute win

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Members of the men's lacrosse team exit the field after the first half of their game against Clarkson on Feb. 24. Photo by Photo Editor Kira Bretsky '27.

The Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team played an unforgettable game at their home field against Clarkson University, and they managed to secure an impressive 8-7 victory in their season opener. The Mules’ win against the Golden Knights, who boasted an impressive 11-5 record in the previous season, was a significant moment for the team and marked their potential for success in the current campaign.

As a captain, Matthew Regan’s ‘24 inspiring words reflect the determination and confidence of the team. “Our goal for this season is plain and simple; to win the Centennial Championship. We have the talent, the skills and the right mindset to achieve it, and we are excited to see where this season takes us,” he said. This team has continuously proved themselves and their capabilities, and they are now ready to take the next step towards their goal. It’s time to get their heads in the game and show everyone what they are capable of achieving. 

The Mule’s first game of the season proved to be exciting, as it was full of action and high energy. Standout Jack Bill ‘27, emerged as the hero of the game. Bill showed remarkable composure and skill as he scored all five of his goals in the final 30 minutes of play. His decisive goal with just 18 seconds remaining in regulation sealed the victory for Muhlenberg, capping off an outstanding comeback from a halftime deficit of 3-1.

In his debut, Bill exuded confidence and excitement as he spoke about the upcoming season. “I’m thrilled to build on the momentum from our win against Clarkson and to continue learning and improving each week,” he says. As a newcomer to the program, Bill’s positive attitude and commitment to consistent, energetic practices are sure to inspire his teammates and set a high standard for incoming athletes. His mindset is a perfect reflection of Reagan’s vision for the team.

During the game, Bill’s outstanding performance was well supported by the strategic and leadership skills of captain Wyatt Malia ‘24 and Griffin Minuto ‘25. They both played pivotal roles in securing the win for their team. Minuto’s exceptional dominance in the faceoff position was particularly impressive, as he won crucial possessions that helped the Mules maintain momentum and control in critical moments of the game. Overall, the collective effort and teamwork of the Mules proved to be the key to their success.

Muhlenberg’s defense is also to praise regarding the win. Brendan Lavarra ‘25 and Luke Schwartzberg ‘25 led the charge, using their skills and coordination to disrupt Clarkson’s offensive rhythm and force turnovers. Despite facing an offense that boasted an average of nearly 12 goals per game in the previous season, the Mules’ defense remained rock solid, limiting Clarkson’s scoring opportunities and demonstrating their ability to bounce back under pressure. 

Captain Stephen Krug ‘24 delivered a great performance in goal, making 11 saves, including several crucial stops in the second half. Krug’s goalkeeping was instrumental in preventing Clarkson’s offensive threats and preserving Muhlenberg’s narrow lead in the closing minutes of the game.

The victory against Clarkson not only marks a memorable start to the season for Muhlenberg but also serves as a statement of intent for the team. Defeating a strong opponent like Clarkson, with their high track record from the previous season, underscores Muhlenberg’s potential to compete at a high level and make a significant impact in the lacrosse landscape this year.

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