The ending was almost perfect: Five womens lacrosse seniors combined
for 13 goals and 11 assists, breaking three school records and leading
Muhlenberg to its 10th win of the season, an 18-5 home victory against
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.
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 programs all-time winningest class with a career record of 31-29)
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
Florida. A 16-5 rout of Moravian made it four wins in a row a school
record to open the year.
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.
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
Senior Courtney Tapkas finished her brilliant career second on the
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
ended up fourth on the Mules all-time list with 181 career points.
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.
Ruth Morrongiello was one of the top freshmen in the CC, recording
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
and recorded hat tricks the first of her career in her last
Junior Katie Reimann (13 goals, 15 assists), sophomore Taylor
(11 goals, 10 assists) and freshmen Sara Hiller (15 goals) and
(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
Sakonchick (team-leading 27 caused turnovers, 36 ground balls) and
freshman Marguerite Farrell (32 ground balls) formed the starting
front of Caroline Shadood, who was impressive as a freshman