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 Mike Falk
 Sports Information Director
 Muhlenberg College
 2400 Chew Street
 Allentown PA 18104

Women’s Lacrosse
2006 Season Review:

The ending was almost perfect: Five women’s lacrosse seniors combined for 13 goals and 11 assists, breaking three school records and leading
Jessica Geiger
Two-year captain Jessica Geiger played more of a defensive role in 2006. She had four goals and two assists as a senior, finishing her career with 42 goals.
Muhlenberg to its 10th win of the season, an 18-5 home victory against Rosemont.

The only thing that would have been better was another game on the schedule. The Mules narrowly missed earning their first Centennial Conference playoff berth and had to be happy finishing their most successful season with a satisfying non-conference game.

Muhlenberg went 7-0 outside of the CC en route to a 10-6 record that broke the school mark for wins in a season, topping the previous standard of eight (2003, 2005). Three losses by a total of four goals, including one-goal setbacks to Ursinus and McDaniel, both of which were nationally ranked during the season, foiled the Mules’ postseason hopes.

Featuring a veteran cast that included the five seniors (who finished as the program’s all-time winningest class with a career record of 31-29) and two juniors in the starting lineup, Muhlenberg got off to its best start ever. The Mules toppled Drew, ranked 18th in the preseason poll, by a 10-8 final in the opener, then defeated Susquehanna and Elizabethtown in
Shannon Donohue
Donohue led the CC and ranked fourth in Division III with 2.80 assists per game. Her eight assists against Rosemont tied for the second-most in Division III in 2006.
Florida. A 16-5 rout of Moravian made it four wins in a row – a school record – to open the year.

A loss to eventual national runner-up Gettysburg broke the streak, but Muhlenberg won its next two and later added back-to-back CC wins against Bryn Mawr and Haverford. The Mules recorded their school-record ninth win against Kean.

Senior Courtney Tapkas finished her brilliant career second on the CC all-time scoring list with 218 career goals. She also tied for 10th with 262 points. Tapkas duplicated her 2005 totals with 51 goals and 13 assists as a senior, earning All-CC first-team honors for the second year in a row and first-team all-region honors for the first time.

Senior Shannon Donohue set a school record with 42 assists, also establishing a CC record with eight helpers in the Rosemont game. She
Courtney Tapkas
Tapkas, who scored eight goals against Rosemont, led the CC in goals (3.19) and points per game (4.00). She was named player of the year by the Lehigh Valley Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
ended up fourth on the Mules’ all-time list with 181 career points.

Ruth Morrongiello was one of the top freshmen in the CC, recording 34 points on 29 goals and five assists and leading Muhlenberg in ground balls (54) and draw controls (49). Senior Steph Light picked up 45 ground balls and recorded hat tricks – the first of her career – in her last two games.

Junior Katie Reimann (13 goals, 15 assists), sophomore Taylor Armstrong (11 goals, 10 assists) and freshmen Sara Hiller (15 goals) and Kate Noone (14 goals) also were top scorers for an offense that set a school record with 109 assists.

Defensively, the Mules allowed fewer than 10 goals per game for the first time since 1993. Senior Charlotte Adams (25 ground balls), junior Kelli Sakonchick (team-leading 27 caused turnovers, 36 ground balls) and freshman Marguerite Farrell (32 ground balls) formed the starting unit in front of Caroline Shadood, who was impressive as a freshman starting in goal.

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