Five Named All-CC in Women's Lax; McCaffrey Player of the Year

Monday, May 5, 2014

A historic regular season for the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team on the field is turning into a historic awards season.

A record five Mules were voted to the All-Centennial Conference team, topping the program record of three achieved three times previously.

Kaitlyn McCaffrey Senior Kaitlyn McCaffrey and junior Stephanie Umbach were both first-team selections, giving Muhlenberg two players on the first team for only the second time (the other was 2005). McCaffrey was named the CC’s first defensive player of the year, becoming the first Mule to earn player-of-the-year recognition in lacrosse, while Umbach is only the second Muhlenberg player to earn first-team honors twice.

Senior Michelle Certosimo and sophomore Casey Armstrong were named to the second team, and junior Kayleigh Thies received honorable mention.

Stephanie Umbach McCaffrey (left) was the leader of a defense that allowed 10.31 goals per game – its lowest total in four years – in the regular season. She leads the CC and ranks 12th in Division III with her school-record 45 caused turnovers. She also paces the league in ground balls (58) and finished third on the Mules in draw controls (35).

McCaffrey, who also scored two goals on the season, ended her career with 108 caused turnovers, one short of the school record, and 137 ground balls, good for sixth on Muhlenberg’s all-time list. The All-CC nod was the second of her career; she was named to the second team in 2012 before suffering an injury that caused her to miss parts of that season and the next.

Umbach (right) returned to the All-CC first team after making it as a freshman and earning second-team honors last year. She set school records for points (99), goals (88), hat tricks (17) and draw controls (93) in a season, leading the CC by a wide margin in goals (second place has 61). She also was second on the team in caused turnovers (25) and ground balls (35) and set the school and CC record for draw controls in a game (17 vs. Bryn Mawr).

Umbach, who ranks second in Division III in goals per game, will enter her senior season as the program’s all-time leader in draw controls (234), second all-time in goals (173) and fifth all-time in points (209).

Certosimo (below left) also broke the previous record for points in a season, finishing with 90 on the strength of a school-record 70 assists. She leads the CC and ranks fourth in Division III in assists and finished her career with a school-record 140 assists, 52 more than the old mark. Certosimo set a school record with 12 points against Bryn Mawr, and her 10 assists in that game tied for the most in Division III this season.

Armstrong (below center) tied Umbach’s record for points by a sophomore with 72 on 44 goals and 28 assists. The speedy attacker also was second on the team with 36 draw controls. One of three players to rank in the CC’s top 10 in goals, assists and points, Armstrong tied a school record with nine goals in a game in the Mules’ playoff-clinching win at Ursinus.

Thies (below right) was fourth on Muhlenberg in scoring with 36 points on 28 goals and 8 assists in her return to the team after a year off. Also a first-team All-CC selection in field hockey, Thies is the first Mule to earn conference honors in both sports in the same academic year in 25 years.

Michelle Certosimo, Casey Armstrong, Kayleigh Thies

Muhlenberg finished the season with a 10-7 record, qualifying for the CC playoffs for the first time since 2009.
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