Lacrosse leaves a long-lasting legacy

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On Saturday, April 20, the women’s and men’s lacrosse programs hosted their senior day games. 

Four senior women’s lacrosse players competed in their senior day game against McDaniel College. They secured a 20-7 win on a day that saw the girls start strong with a seven-goal first quarter. Nicole Steiner ‘24 got six goals adding to her career of 162 total. These girls have worked relentlessly hard these past four years at Muhlenberg. Their accomplishments, hard work, and dedication have not gone unnoticed. We congratulate and celebrate their commitment to the team and Muhlenberg athletics. 

A few of the senior athletes have reminisced on their experiences and core memories from their four years. 

Midfielder and defender Elisabeth Loiselle ‘24, in addition to all of her diligence as a Muhlenberg athlete, has shined in the classroom as well. She is a double major in Finance and Business Administration with a management and organization concentration. Additionally, she was on the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2022 and 2023. When she considered one word or phrase to describe this senior class, she said, “I think one word to describe our class’s legacy is relentless. We came into college in 2020 so COVID-19 protocols were still very strict and prevalent. This meant our first season was extremely modified. It was hard to start playing a collegiate sport in that environment so I would describe the remaining 4 members of our class as relentless.” Most of all, as Elisabeth reflected on her senior day and career as a lacrosse player, she commented, “Lacrosse has given so much to me and my family. My dad is a former DI lacrosse player, so this game has been a passion we have shared for years and has been a focal part of my life. So, it is bitter-sweet to hang up my cleats. However, I am blessed for the experiences I have had playing this game and the relationships it has helped me forge along the way.” After graduation from Muhlenberg, Loiselle will start as a Business Process Analyst at TD Bank.

Steiner, a senior attacker, in addition to receiving Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2022 and 2023, also made first-team All-Centennial Conference in 2023. She is a Public Health major and Studio Art minor. If she had to pick one word or phrase to describe her class, she said, “I feel that our class had no choice but to be flexible and adapt to the many challenges that we faced from our senior year of high school all the way through our freshman year of college here at Muhlenberg. As a captain, I hope that I have expressed to the rest of my teammates that good things happen when you work hard and give it your all.” Finally, as her senior day has come to a close, and when asked about her career as a whole, Steiner commented, “I feel that senior day is a bittersweet moment as we approach the end of our last season playing lacrosse. It is the first time I will experience this tradition as I missed out on it during high school due to the impact of Covid-19. I look forward to celebrating this milestone with my teammates and coaches and reflecting on the path that has brought me to this point.” After graduation, Nicole will be continuing her education and getting her masters in Public Health with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition at NYU. 

The nine senior men’s lacrosse players celebrated their senior day this Saturday, April 20, in Scotty Wood Stadium. They successfully grabbed a win against Franklin & Marshall with a score of 11-4. Stephen Krug, the goalie, made fourteen saves. This was one of his career highs and very fitting as it was his senior day. The boys have worked hard not only during their past four years at Muhlenberg, but their whole lacrosse careers have led them to this moment. Hard work, determination and a love for the game are just a few of the characteristics that each of these athletes embody. 

One of the captains, Ryan May ‘24 had the opportunity to play with his brother, Max, for three years with Muhlenberg lacrosse. Those memories with Ryan’s brother, which felt like yesterday, transitioned easily into the celebration of his lacrosse career. May is an Accounting major and double minor in Business Administration and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Ryan’s favorite memory associated with Muhlenberg lacrosse was, “clinching the playoffs after beating Haverford this year.” This recent memory was a defining one for May and the entire 2024 team. Coming off of their win, the word that came to mind was: “chemistry.” In looking toward senior day, May commented, “I feel like my four years here flew by but I’m excited for senior day and playing a game with some of my best friends. It will be great to have support from my family and some of my former teammates as well.” After his education and athletic career, he will be working as an international tax associate at PwC. 

Captain and midfielder, Jack Taub ‘24 also had the amazing opportunity to play with his brother Jonathan Taub, last year. Jonathan was a graduate student at Muhlenberg, and the boys were able to create memories on Scotty Wood and in a campus setting. Jack’s favorite memory was beating Gettysburg on Apr. 13, 2024. It was an overtime game, and the boys ended victorious with a score of 12-11. His one phrase to describe the team was: “Why not us?”. Finally, Taub commented about senior day, “It is a bittersweet feeling. I’ve played sports my whole life, so I am a little upset that it’s coming to an end, but at the same time we have a chance to make history this year.” Jack will be an underwriting associate at Chubb Insurance post-graduation, and we look forward to seeing him in action for the rest of the season. 

In 2021, captain Wyatt Malia ‘24 was the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year. In 2021 and 2023, he received All-Centennial Conference honorable mention. His achievements are nothing short of amazing. He shared his favorite memory with Jack Taub in beating Gettysburg this year in overtime. In looking back on his legacy and his teammates, Taub said, “change” would be the one word to describe this team. Malia said, “We’ve changed the culture for the better in all the right ways.” Finally, in reflecting on his senior day and playoffs, he commented, “It’s crazy how fast time flies but there’s a lot more left to the season so I don’t want to look too far ahead.” Wyatt Malia will be joining the military upon graduation.

Brandon Caslow ‘24 is a midfielder. Unfortunately, Caslow was sidelined with an injury for the 2023 and 2024 seasons, but that doesn’t stop his consistent support for the team. His selfless encouragement does not go unnoticed. Ryan May said, “This year even while being injured Brandon hasn’t missed a practice or film session all year. He is always talking and giving good advice to the underclassmen. Playing or not is an important member to our team.” Caslow is a Business Administration major (management and organization concentration) and an Innovation & Entrepreneurship minor. His favorite memory associated with lacrosse is their yearly spring break trips. This bleeds into the legacy he will leave behind. The one word he used to describe the team is “family.” Mainly, after senior day, Caslow said, “Senior day was truly special. My favorite part of it was definitely listening to the juniors give speeches about us. This is something new to our team, but I hope it continues for future teams.” 

Aidan Murphy ‘24 is a long-stick midfielder. Adian is one of the top long-stick midfielders for the Mules. He is a double major in Finance and Accounting. His favorite memory associated with Muhlenberg lacrosse was “Last year, winning in overtime to start spring break off on a high note. It was a fun week.” If he had to pick one word to describe the team, he would use, “Fun. It is a great word to describe our class and what we bring to the team.” Lastly, when Murphy reflects on senior day and the rest of the season, he stated, “This is my last year. So, I am definitely a little sad, but I am super grateful for every team I’ve been a part of. I am very excited for these next few weeks with my friends.” Murphy is taking his double major in accounting and finance to work at PwC as a tax associate. 

Another captain, Matthew Regan ‘24 is a senior defender. In 2022, Reagan was the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America honorable mention. Also, he was first-team All-Centennial Conference in 2022 and second-team in 2023. He has consistently been a top defenseman for the Mules and in the Centennial Conference. He is a double major in finance and accounting. His favorite memory was beating Ursinus sophomore year for the first time in program history! When considering one word or phrase to describe this team, Regan said, “It doesn’t matter what anyone besides the people in the locker room thinks about us. Just gotta believe.” As senior day has come to a close and they are entering their playoff run, Regan said, “Senior day was bittersweet. While I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life, I have made countless memories and friends along the way that I will surely miss. Fortunately, we still have a playoff run to make, and I will be sure to leave nothing on the field.” After graduation and lacrosse, Regan will be starting a position in Audit and Assurance for Deloitte. 

Defender Matthew McDonald ‘24, has not just been a positive force on the lacrosse team, but he has excelled in the classroom. He is a computer science major and business administration minor. Most of all, he has made the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2022 and 2023. His favorite memory associated with Muhlenberg lacrosse is team spring break with everyone. He said, “The team is always together and happy for the whole week.” If he had to pick one word or phrase to describe the team, he said, “culture change.”Finally, when he begins to look back on senior day and his career as a lacrosse player, he commented, “It’s an odd feeling knowing it’s coming to an end, but I appreciate everything we’ve accomplished as a team. I will always cherish the brotherhoods we’ve created and will never take a moment of it for granted.” Matthew will be working in software engineering at Deloitte after graduation. 

All of these amazing lacrosse seniors have made monumental strides at Muhlenberg. Their achievements do not stop on the field, but they have all shown excellence in the classroom. Muhlenberg will miss their hard-working character and strong sense of leadership. They truly all have touched every discipline at Muhlenberg, all of the coaches and the community as a whole.

My name is Lexi Sipos, and I am a double major in English literature and political
science. I play on the women’s soccer team and cover the sports section for the
Muhlenberg Weekly. More importantly, I love to read and write.

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