The Muhlenberg womens lacrosse team started and ended the season with
impressive wins, but could not put together a run in the middle of the
year to challenge for the Centennial Conference playoffs.
The Mules opened the season with a 21-7 win at Moravian, and
closed it with an
18-4 defeat of Elizabethtown and finished 5-9, 2-7 in the CC.
Coffman scored two goals against Elizabethtown in her
final collegiate game.
Sophomore Courtney Tapkas put together another outstanding season with 43
goals and seven assists and made the All-CC second team. She broke a
school record by scoring a goal in 29 straight games, dating back to the
beginning of last season and her career. With 115 career goals and 134
career points, she ranks fifth on each Berg all-time list.
The Mules notched CC wins at home against Bryn Mawr and at Swarthmore.
They also defeated Methodist, 15-7, during a weeklong training trip to
Shannon Donohue, also a sophomore, was second on the team with 37 points.
She tied junior Christa Carlstrand for second with 26 goals. Carlstrand
recorded 10 assists, one fewer than Donohue and third on the team.
Freshman Katie Reimann made an impact all over the field. She led the
squad with 13
assists and 24 draw controls. With 16 caused turnovers, she shared the
team lead with senior Candice Coffman, who topped all field players with
33 ground balls.
Kastner tied for second on the team with 15 caused
Almost all of the Mules offense should return in 2005. Freshmen and
sophomores scored 115 of the teams 150 goals, and juniors netted 31
them. Freshman Elizabeth Alexander tallied 19 goals, while Reimann and
sophomore Jessica Geiger scored 12 each.
Muhlenberg will have to deal with the loss of the defense of seniors
Coffman, Giselle Aerni and Kristen Kastner. Aerni and Kastner totaled
96 starts on defense in their careers, and Coffman was an ever-present
defensive force in the midfield. She also scored 12 career goals.
Junior Diana Bleakley made 148 saves to move to second in Mule history
with 522 in her career. She started every game and led the team with 36
ground balls. She had eight double-digit save games, including a
season-high 22 at Dickinson.