After rising from the bottom of the Centennial Conference to repeat playoff performer in recent years, the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team found that other squads made similar improvements in 2010.
The Mules narrowly missed out on a third straight playoff berth, finishing 4-5 in the CC and 9-6 overall. Muhlenberg ended the regular season a game behind Haverford, which made its first-ever appearance in the tournament, and two behind Ursinus, which made its first playoff appearance since 2007.
Muhlenberg’s playoff run was not the only impressive streak it had snapped in 2010. The Mules also saw their non-conference winning streak come to an end at 31 games following a loss to Drew, which would go on to the NCAA Tournament. Muhlenberg’s remarkable non-conference run had dated all the way back to 2005.
With 39 wins, the Class of 2010 graduated as Muhlenberg’s second-winningest class of all-time. Over their four years, McGovern, Bascelli, Scarrone and Foltiny helped break the school records for wins in a season, fewest losses in a season, longest winning streak, goals scored in a season and assists in a season.
The season began with four straight non-conference wins, all by at least 10 goals. In the season opener the Mules tied the school record for goals in a half by scoring 15 in the first in a 19-7 victory at Kean. They followed that up with similar wins over Potsdam State (17-7), King’s (20-1) and New England (20-10).
But Muhlenberg dropped three of its next four, squeezing a win over local rival Moravian in between CC losses to then No. 3 Gettysburg and Haverford and the streak-snapper to Drew.
A win over Bryn Mawr and a loss to Dickinson made the Mules just 1-3 in the CC and in need of a big win against McDaniel, a team that had reached the CC playoffs three straight years. Muhlenberg came through with a remarkable come-from-behind victory, scoring the final three goals of regulation – the last two of which came in the final minute – and the lone goal in overtime in a thrilling 14-13 win.
Bascelli had at least 20 points in all four of her seasons at Muhlenberg, posting a career-high 40 as a sophomore.
Following a loss to defending national champion Franklin & Marshall, the Mules knew they would likely need to win their final three to have a shot at the playoffs. They took care of business at Swarthmore (8-4), but could not upend Ursinus, which would go on to finish third in the league.
Though Muhlenberg had nothing to play for in its final game of the season for the first time in two years, it ended the year on a high note, toppling Washington, 21-14.
McGovern ended her career second all-time at Muhlenberg in career points with 210 and in the top five in goals, assists, hat tricks and draw controls.
Two Mules received All-CC honors following the season. Senior Amanda McGovern and junior Danielle Rosen were both second-team picks after tying for the team lead with 69 points each, the third-highest single-season total in Muhlenberg history.
McGovern scored 43 goals, second on the Mules, and had team bests of 26 assists and 34 draw controls. She added 33 ground balls and tied with Rosen for the CC lead in points per game.
Rosen led the Mules with 50 goals – tied for the fourth-highest total in school history – and added 19 assists, second on the team. She recorded 11 hat tricks, the third-most in a single season in school history.
Seniors Danielle Scarrone and Alyssa Bascelli were Muhlenbeg’s two other big scoring threats. Scarrone netted 20 goals and 14 assists, and Bascelli had 20 goals and 11 assists.
Junior Christine Van Hise (eight goals, 18 draw controls) joined Rosen and Scarrone as a starter on attack. Freshmen Molly Davin (14 goals) and Alex Bellini (11 goals) were key contributors as well.
Sophomores Angela Napoletano (13 goals, 27 ground balls) and Kelsey Elmer (nine goals) had strong seasons as attack wings. Junior Lauren DeCarle (35 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers) turned in another impressive campaign as a defensive wing.
Senior Ashley Foltiny (30 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers) led the defensive unit. She was joined by freshman Alexandra Franck (team highs of 40 ground balls, 30 caused turnovers) and junior Maggie Sullivan (20 ground balls, 14 caused turnovers).
Junior Allisyn Vachon played every minute in goal, posting a career-best 10.20 goals-against average and .428 save percentage.