There nothing quite so satisfying as a win over the rival that knocked you out of last year’s playoffs.
The Muhlenberg field hockey team got to experience that satisfaction when it knocked
off sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins in overtime. Unfortunately, the 2008 season as a whole was less satisfying, as the Mules finished with an 8-10 record and missed the Centennial Conference playoffs for the first time in three years.
Garbutt was named CC defensive player of the week after making a defensive save in the Johns Hopkins game.
Muhlenberg’s season opened less than ideally. The Mules had to move their tournament to Whitehall High School due to construction at Scotty Wood Stadium, and in their first game squandered a 2-0 lead in the last seven minutes before losing to Susquehanna on penalty strokes.
The team had a tough time recovering, starting 1-5, then winning two straight before losing two more. An 8-0 shutout of Bryn Mawr was followed by a 2-1 setback at McDaniel – one of five one-goal losses – leaving the team with a 4-8 record.
Then Muhlenberg finally hit its stride. A 5-3 win at Swarthmore
set the stage for the game against Johns Hopkins, which had beaten the Mules 2-1 in the 2007 CC semifinals. The Blue Jays came in with only one loss (to the No. 2 team in Division III) and with one of the top offenses in the country, but the Muhlenberg defense fought off
25 penalty corners to send the game into overtime scoreless. Just 32 seconds into the extra period, junior Tara Cohn scored the winner.
Consiglio finished her career with a 1.84 goals-against average and seven shutouts in 37 starts. Her 230 career saves rank eighth in team history.
Muhlenberg ran its winning streak to four by beating Scranton and Franklin & Marshall the next week, but
it was too little too late. The Mules ended their season with road losses to nationally ranked Ursinus and Gettysburg.
Cohn’s dramatic winning goal was part of a breakout season for her. She led the team with 12 goals, including a hat trick against Moravian, after scoring only one her first two seasons, and was named to the All-CC second team.
Junior Nicki Notarianni scored six goals (three against Bryn Mawr) to become the 14th player in team history with 25 career goals. Junior Kristen Sabia, sophomore Jess Kasza and freshman Jillian Katz netted four goals apiece.
Two members of the all-senior Mule defense earned All-CC recognition. Kristin Garbutt made the second team after recording nine defensive saves, one short of the school record, and two-year starting goalie Michelle Consiglio received honorable mention. She ranked third in the CC in save percentage (.747).
The other two also contibuted on offense, Julie deLaurentis with a pair of goals and Cara Rothacker with four assists, one on the game-winner against Johns Hopkins.