Athletics: Women's Lacrosse
The Muhlenberg College women's lacrosse program took off last decade, going from three wins in 2000 to a school-record 11 — and a playoff berth — in 2008 and votes in the national poll in 2009.
The team had a breakout year in 2003, winning a school-record eight games and setting school records for goals scored in a season (208), goals scored per game (13.87), goals scored in a half (15) and assists in a game (13), and tying marks for most goals scored (24) and fewest goals allowed (one) in a game.
The 2005 team matched the 2003 squad with eight wins and produced the program's first-ever shutout and all-time leaders in saves, goals and points.
In 2006, the Mules continued to make big strides as they broke school records for wins (10) and assists (109) in a season. The following season, Muhlenberg won nine games, going 7-0 against non-conference opponents for the second straight season.
The 2008 and 2009 campaigns brought the best results yet. Muhlenberg went 11-5 in 2008, qualified for the Centennial Conference playoffs for the first time and set school record for goals (248) and assists (125) in a season. The Mules finished that year ranked 33rd out of 174 Division III teams by the Web site LaxPower.com.
In 2009, the Mules were 10-4, including a program-best 6-3 in the CC, and finished in third place behind two national semifinalists. They received votes in the national top-25 poll for the first time in program history.
The team maintains a roster of about 20 and plays 15-16 games each season, beginning in early March and ending in late April. Muhlenberg has traveled to Florida or Hilton Head, S.C., for Spring Break, taking advantage of the nice weather to train and compete, five of the last seven years.
The Mules play in the Centennial Conference, which has produced three of the last five Division III national champions. The team plays its home games at the on-campus Scotty Wood Stadium, which was resurfaced with AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D in 2008.
There is a fall practice season for those athletes who do not play fall sports.