Field Hockey 2011 Season Review

 

Youth was served for the 2011 Muhlenberg field hockey team.

With nine underclassmen seeing significant time, the Mules showed a lot of improvement on the field, highlighted by a three-game winning streak, to finish 5-12, a three-win improvement over last season.

Brittany DeAngelis
Brittany DeAngelis started all 50 games the last three seasons and set a school record with 23 career defensive saves.

Led by an offense that more than doubled its goal total from last season (26 compared to 11) and a defense that led the conference with 20 defensive saves, Muhlenberg was competitive in almost every game, including a pair of close losses to NCAA Tournament teams.

After dropping its first three games on the road, the Mules took advantage of their first opportunity to play at Scotty Wood Stadium. After falling behind Drew, 1-0, midway through the first half, Muhlenberg tied the game on a momentum-shifting goal by freshman Christine Germaske in the 49th minute before classmate Kayleigh Thies blasted a rocket home off a penalty corner with 8:50 left in the first overtime for the dramatic win.

Muhlenberg then lost three straight, including two to CC playoff teams, before lighting it up on its best streak of the season.

Despite having its game with Widener delayed an hour because of lightning, the Mules still came out hot, scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes, including two from Thies, to dispatch the Pride, 3-1.

In the next game, however, it was Dickinson that scored first, putting Muhlenberg in a 1-0 hole in the 22nd minute. But the Mules responded with four straight tallies, including two from freshman Heather Porrini and one just two seconds before halftime, to take a three-goal lead. The Red Devils came back, scoring two in a row, and were primed to tie the game in the 59th minute, but Porrini came up with a big defensive save to preserve the 4-3 win.

Muhlenberg closed out its winning streak with a 4-0 win at Bryn Mawr, highlighted, once again, by a pair of goals from Thies.

Jillian Katz
Katz ranked second amongst players on the 2011 squad with eight goals and 18 points in her career.

But a tough closing stretch, including four games against teams that qualified for their conference tournaments, hurt the Mules as they went 1-6 over their final seven games. Two of those losses were tight battles with nationally ranked teams, 3-1 to No. 2 Franklin & Marshall and 2-1 to No. 11 and national semifinalist Ursinus. Another was a 3-2 loss at Gettysburg, which beat the Mules by four last fall.

The win was a good one as the Mules traveled to Bethlehem and picked up a Matte Award point with a 3-1 victory over Moravian. Sophomore Dayna Hovern scored twice and added an assist to help the Mules overcome an early one-goal deficit.

Senior Brittany DeAngelis earned her second All-Centennial Conference honorable mention after leading the conference and tying for second nationally with a school-record 12 defensive saves.

Thies finished one goal shy of the school freshman record with 11 on the season to go along with a team-high five assists. Her 27 points ranked seventh in the conference and are tied for 15th on the school’s single-season list.

Senior Jillian Katz (2 G, 1 A), junior Devon Barber (4 G, 1 A), Hovern (3 G, 1 A) and Porrini (2 G) all tallied multiple goals. Porrini also added four defensive saves to tie for seventh in the conference.

Senior Renee Norton and sophomore Erin Cummings tied for second on the squad with three assists apiece.

Junior Kristen Dornenburg, who ranked third in the CC in saves per game, made 136 stops, her third straight season in triple digits, to move into second place in program history with 405 in her career. Freshman Sierra Lenker appeared in five games, earning the win over Widener in her first career start.

Seniors Shelby Smith (2 DS) and Courtney DeAngelis (1 A), sophomore Mariah Alston (1 A) and freshmen Allison Califano (1 A) and Germaske (1 G, 1 A) all played in at least 16 of the Mules’ 17 games, while sophomore Ashley DeAngelis made 11 appearances with one start.