Jones, Umbach Earn Centennial Conference Honors

Monday, April 7, 2014

Kelsey Jones Two Muhlenberg athletes were honored by the Centennial Conference for their performances against some of the top teams in the league.

Junior Kelsey Jones was named pitcher of the week in softball, and classmate Stephanie Umbach was women’s lacrosse offensive player of the week.

Stephanie Umbach Jones, honored for the third time this year, was 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA against three teams that made the CC playoffs a year ago. She pitched five-hitters against Haverford and McDaniel, the latter game her 10th career shutout, and had a four-hit shutout with two outs in the seventh before allowing a run against Washington. Jones fanned 10, walked just one, and allowed opponents to hit just .210 in the three starts.

The Mules went 4-2 on the week to move into first place in the CC.

For the season, Jones is 9-1 with a minuscule 0.94 ERA. She leads the CC in ERA and is second in complete games and wins. Over the last two years, she is 26-5 with 30 complete games in 31 starts.

Umbach, honored for the second time in her career, scored 14 points on 13 goals and an assist as Muhlenberg split a pair of close games against 2013 CC semifinalists Haverford and Washington. She had seven goals and an assist in a 14-12 win against Haverford, including what proved to be the winning goal with 7:15 left after the Fords had cut a 12-5 margin to 12-11. Umbach added six goals for her 11th hat trick of the season in a 13-12 last-minute loss to Washington.

During the week, Umbach also became the eighth player in CC history to record 200 career draw controls. She is second in team history with 201 draw controls, 23 away from the school record.

Umbach leads not only the CC, but all of Division III with her average of 5.36 goals per game. Her 59 goals this season are tied for the second-most on the Mules’ all-time list, 14 short of the school record. Umbach’s 118 goals over the last two seasons are the most by a Muhlenberg player in a two-year span.