Women's Lacrosse 2012 Season Review

 

In the late 1960s, Three Dog Night sang about one being the loneliest number. More than 40 years later, the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team learned that one could be even more heartbreaking than it is lonely.

Following a 4-1 start, including their fifth perfect non-conference record in the past seven seasons, the Mules went 1-7 the rest of the way, with their final five losses all coming by just one goal, three to teams that made the playoffs, to finish the year at 5-8. For comparison, prior to 2012, the Mules hadn’t lost a one-goal game since 2007 and had never lost more than two in an entire year.

Angela Napoletano
Napoletano finished her career 16th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 114 points and 13th in career goals with 92.
Muhlenberg won its first three games, with relative easy victories over Widener, 15-3, and Lebanon Valley, 20-13 sandwiched around a 13-10 win over Eastern in Hilton Head, S.C.

Junior Tiffany Kreider, a converted field hockey player, was named CC defensive player of the week following the Widener game after making nine saves, including three on free-position shots, in the first lacrosse game of her life. One week later, senior Angela Napoletano earned offensive player of the week honors after scoring a career-high six goals versus Eastern.

It was a balanced effort that led the Mules past Lebanon Valley in the home opener with seven points each from sophomore Michelle Certosimo (5 G, 2 A) and junior Molly Davin (4 G, 3 A) and five points from senior Kelsey Elmer (2 G, 3 A).

Following a tough loss to No. 8 Franklin & Marshall in which the two teams were tied late in the first half, the Mules closed out non-conference play with a 20-13 win over Wellesley. That’s when their luck started to change and they dropped seven of their next eight games, including especially tough heartbreakers at Swarthmore with two seconds left and in double overtime at Dickinson.

Kelsey Elmer
Elmer more than doubled her career assist total entering the season (7), dishing out 19 on the year, good for a tie for eighth place on the school’s single-season list.
In their next-to-last home game, the Mules allowed their fewest goals in a conference game since 1997 to beat Bryn Mawr, 17-2.

Freshman Stephanie Umbach became the first rookie in school history to earn all-region honors. She’s also just the fourth freshman in CC history and seventh Mule ever to be named first-team all-conference. She led the conference and ranked 10th amongst Division III freshmen in caused turnovers per game (1.92) and was 10th nationally amongst freshmen in draw controls per game (4.92). Umbach finished the year with 64 draw controls, the second-most in a season in school history, including a single-game record 12 against Swarthmore.

Napoletano was named to the all-conference second team after tying for the team lead with 32 goals and finishing second with 32 draw controls. Sophomore Kaitlyn McCaffrey also earned second-team honors after ranking third on the team in caused turnovers (13), fourth in draw controls (23) and fifth in ground balls (21).

Certosimo and Davin led the offense with 54 and 42 points, respectively. Certosimo dished out 29 assists, the fourth-most in school history, while Davin tied Napoletano with a team-high 32 goals.

Elmer capped her Mule career in impressive fashion, setting personal bests for goals (16), assists (19) and points (35) in a season, and junior Alex Bellini rounded out Muhlenberg’s double-digit scorers with 24 points (20 G, 4 A).

Junior Alexandra Franck finished second on the team with 29 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers, and senior Jessica Shegoski picked up 18 ground balls (she entered the season with 7 in her career) and caused four turnovers.

Senior Sarah Hetrick scored three goals and added three assists in her final season, and classmate Becky Ritter scored twice against Bryn Mawr for her first career multi-goal game. Sophomore Ally Shaffer and newcomer Kayleigh Thies played in 11 games, recording five goals and one assist each.