Umbach, McCaffrey Named to All-Region First Team

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
 

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The 2014 Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team has a distinction that it took previous teams 30 years to accomplish.

Senior Kaitlyn McCaffrey and junior Stephanie Umbach were named to the All-Metro Region first team by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. Both are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-America teams, which will be announced next Monday.

Stephanie Umbach The twin honors double the number of first-team all-region selections in the history of the program, which began in 1984. The only prior first-team picks were Dana Diorio in 1993 and Courtney Tapkas in 2006.

This was only the fourth time that the Mules had two all-region players in the same season – just the second time since 1997.

Kaitlyn McCaffrey Umbach (left) moved up to the first team after two straight years on the second team. She is the first three-time all-region pick in program history.

Also named to the All-Centennial Conference first team, Umbach set school records for points (99), goals (88), hat tricks (17) and draw controls (93) in a season. She also was second on the team in caused turnovers (25) and ground balls (35) and set the school and CC record for draw controls in a game (17 vs. Bryn Mawr).

Umbach, who ranks second in Division III in goals per game, will enter her senior season as the program’s all-time leader in draw controls (234), second all-time in goals (173) and fifth all-time in points (209).

McCaffrey, the CC defensive player of the year, is the first Mule player to earn all-region honors on defense since 1998.

McCaffrey (right) leads the CC and ranks 13th in Division III with her school-record 45 caused turnovers. She also paces the league in ground balls (58) and finished third on the Mules in draw controls (35).

McCaffrey, who also scored two goals on the season, ended her career with 108 caused turnovers, one short of the school record, and 137 ground balls, good for sixth on Muhlenberg’s all-time list.

Muhlenberg finished the season with a 10-7 record, qualifying for the CC playoffs for the first time since 2009.