The 2005 season got off to an inauspicious start for the Muhlenberg
womens lacrosse team. After the Mules lone scrimmage and first
scheduled game were both snowed out, they had to open up against
nationally ranked Franklin & Marshall, the eventual Centennial Conference
regular-season champion. Following a loss in that game, the next contest
was snowed out too.
Carlstrand finished her career second in team history
in assists (41) and sixth in points (135). In her last game, she scored a
career-best eight points with four goals and four assists in an 18-2 win
But once Muhlenberg got rolling, it really got rolling, tying a school
record with eight wins. The Mules
finished with an 8-7 record, making the four-member senior class the
winningest in program history with 25 career wins.
In the Centennial Conference, Muhlenberg won back-to-back road games
against Washington and Bryn Mawr, both by 10 goals, to run its record to
2-1, but home losses to Haverford and Dickinson (in overtime) prevented
the Mules from reaching the playoffs.
Although the team scored 179 goals, second-most in program history, it was
at its best when the defense was on. Muhlenberg held its opponent to
single digits in goals in seven of its eight wins, including an 18-0
whitewash of Chestnut Hill the Mules first shutout ever.
The vocal leader of the defense, senior Allison Marman
picked up a career-high 27 ground balls and tied for second on the team
with 13 caused turnovers.
Senior Diana Bleakley, the last line of the defense, became the
programs all-time saves leader in a 17-7 win at Washington. She
finished with 669 stops (sixth in CC history) and ranked third in
Muhlenberg annals with a career goals-against average of 11.83. Bleakley
recorded her sixth career 20-save
game with 22 against Swarthmore and was named to the All-CC first team.
The Mules other first-team selection, junior Courtney Tapkas,
also made her mark on the record book, breaking school marks for career
points (198) and goals (167). Tapkas led the CC in points per game (4.27)
and was named to the All-Metro Region second team and ECAC South All-Star
Team. She had 51 goals and 64 points, second in both categories to the
school records she set in 2003.
Senior Christa Carlstrand and junior Shannon Donohue each
scored 31 goals and eclipsed the 100-point mark during the season.
Carlstrand added 19 assists, tying for the second-most in team history.
Sophomore Elizabeth Alexander topped the squad in ground balls (45)
and caused turnovers (21) and was second in draw controls (23).