A young Muhlenberg field hockey squad showed promise in a 9-9
season. The Mules, who were 4-6 in the Centennial Conference, featured
just two senior starters and stayed in the playoff hunt until the final
week of the season.
Senior Steph Light is the only Mule to start every game each of the last
two years. She
accumulated two goals and eight assists while at Muhlenberg.
After a loss in double overtime to Swarthmore, 2-1, on a cold and
rainy day, Muhlenberg needed victories at home against Franklin & Marshall
and Washington (Md.) for a shot at the playoffs. However, the No. 19
Diplomats overcame a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1. A victory in the season
finale over the Shorewomen left the Mules 7-2 at home.
Muhlenberg began the season with a four-game winning streak,
including a pair of wins in the Mule Classic, against Roanoke and
Lynchburg. Following a victory over Moravian, the Mules started a 1-3 road
trip with a win at Ithaca.
After defeating Drew, 1-0, Muhlenberg had its biggest win of the year, a
2-0 upset of McDaniel, a team that finished 7-3 in the Centennial. Wins at
Bryn Mawr and against Dickinson gave the Mules a 3-2 CC record, but a
four-game losing streak (including three to nationally ranked teams),
ending with the loss to F&M, wiped out playoff hopes.
Muhlenberg went 8-2 when senior Adrienne Verbich recorded at least a point
during her career. She finished with eight goals and six assists.
The Mules top six scorers were underclassmen, with junior forward
Polt leading the way with eight goals and two assists. Sophomore
Kelly Shetron and classmate Lauren Rutt, a midfielder, tied
with 13 points. Shetron accumulated three game-winning goals and Rutt had
a team-high 10 points in Centennial Conference games.
Muhlenbergs defense was its strength with a 1.56 goals-against
ranking third in the CC. Juniors Allie Covell and Kate
Nikki Rhoads and freshman Julie deLaurentis led the defense
in front of
junior goalie Lauren Schram, who registered four shutouts. Rhoads
named to the All-Centennial Conference second team, and Moyer tied for the
CC lead with five defensive saves in conference play.