Picked eighth in the Centennial Conference preseason poll despite
returning a talented group of veterans, the Muhlenberg field hockey team
showed its stuff by finishing fourth. In fact, it took the national
champions to bring the Mules season to a close.
Polt, a first-team All-CC seelction, finished her
career tied for ninth on the Mules all-time scoring list with 59
Muhlenberg ended its season with a 12-7 record and earned its first CC
playoff berth since 2000. As the fourth seed in the playoffs, the Mules
hosted fifth-seeded Gettysburg and knocked off the Bullets, 1-0, for their
first postseason win since 1992.
In the conference semifinals, Muhlenberg had its season ended by Ursinus,
which would go on to capture not only the CC playoffs, but also the
Division III national championship.
The Mules started and finished strong, winning four of their first five
and four of their last five. The middle was a seesaw ride, as the team
alternated wins and losses for 11 straight games.
Location had much to do with that: Muhlenberg averaged 4.2 goals in going
4-1 at home in the CC, but scored just one goal in its first three CC road
games. Needing road victories in the final week of the season to get in
the playoffs, the Mules came through, winning at Franklin & Marshall for
the first time ever and coming home from Washington with a 3-1 triumph in
the last regular-season game.
Muhlenbergs offense, which scored 44 goals (the teams most since
featured a multi-pronged attack. Junior Jillian Duffy (12 goals,
assists) and senior LisaAnn Polt (11 goals, four assists) became
Mule teammates to each score 20 points in 17 years. Nicole
scored eight goals, the most by a Muhlenberg freshman since 1991, and
senior Jessica Hand added seven goals, including the lone tally in
playoff win against Gettysburg.
Moyer also contributed to the offense with a goal and
The defense ranked second in the CC, allowing only 1.52 goals per game.
Senior Kate Moyer ended the season with 10 defensive saves,
in the win at Washington. Junior Nikki Rhoads and the tandem of
Allie Covell and sophomore Julie deLaurentis rounded out the
unit in front of four-year starter Lauren Schram, who ended her
with 19 shutouts.
Junior All-CC selection Lauren Rutt was a big factor on both
offense and defense, winning balls in the midfield and disrupting many