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The five seniors on the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team made sure their final game was a memorable one, as they came away with an 18-5 victory over visiting Rosemont in record-setting fashion.

The Class of 2006 had 13 goals and 11 assists in its final game and graduates as the winningest class in program history, accumulating 31 victories.

Senior Shannon Donohue shattered the old school record of five assists in a game by collecting eight helpers, also breaking the Centennial Conference record of seven. Donohue finished the season
Light did not have a hat trick in the first 55 games of her career but finished with two in a row.
with 42 assists, six more than the previous school record, and ended her career with 77 assists, tied for 13th in conference history. Her previous personal bests were four assists in a game and 13 on a season.

Senior Courtney Tapkas deposited eight goals, one short of the school record, to finish her career in second place on the all-time CC goals-scored list with 218. She added an assist for her third career nine-point game. Tapkas ended with 262 points, which rank tied for the 10th on the CC’s career list.

Even the seniors who specialize on defense got into the offense against Rosemont as Jessica Geiger’s first of two assists was on Charlotte Adams’ first goal of the season and second of her career. The regular point person on Muhlenberg’s defense, Adams also helped hold Rosemont to just two goals over the final 46:11 of the game.

“I’m normally not supposed to score, but they really wanted me to,” said Adams. “I was nervous because they had me running plays I had never practiced from the offensive end. I only knew how to stop them, and I tried to use that to my advantage.”

The fifth senior, Steph Light contributed four goals, five ground balls and three draw controls. She scored three early goals to give the Mules the lead, and they coasted from there. Light finished the season with 23 goals after scoring just 15 over her first three seasons.

“It was a very emotional game but fun at the same time,” said Adams. “We were a little nervous at the beginning, but as soon as we got over that, we had a lot of fun. We laughed and cried a lot today.”

Muhlenberg finished the season 10-6, breaking the school record of eight wins. The Mules broke the century mark in assists for the first time in program history as they collected 12 against the Ramblers (6-9) to finish with 109 on the season.

Muhlenberg came close a few other records as well. The Mules finished with 179 goals on the season, tied for the second-most in a season with the team from a year ago. The 13 goals scored in the first half against Rosemont were two short of the school record. The 12 assists were the second-most in a single game in program history.

“We knew we could win 10 games,” said Adams. “We just had to put our mind to it. We produced some positive results and left the team in a position to have a good season next year.”

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Last updated April 24, 2006