The Mules are on a three game win streak against Centennial Conference powerhouses, and Meaghan Haughney ‘26 is keeping her foot on the gas.
On Saturday, Apr. 22, the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team earned a 17-7 win over McDaniel College. After the whistle sounded at 1:00 p.m., the game was disrupted by a 6 hour rain delay–making it the longest game in Centennial Conference history. Nonetheless, the Mules persevered and got the job done. Following their integral win over McDaniel, the Mules hold an impressive 11-3 overall record and are ranked 4th in the Centennial Conference. With only two conference games still remaining on their schedule, a playoff ticket is in their favor. “Our team motto this year is ‘all gas, no breaks,’ meaning we are all to leave it out on the field,” said Captain Emily Gaffney ‘23 of the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team.
A few senior members on the team have reflected on the program’s development over the season and their goals moving forward into Centennial Conference playoffs. “Our team has put a lot of positive energy and effort into this season and for the rest of this week we’re focused on doing our best to earn a strong seat in playoffs while having fun together. Our game on Wednesday against Ursinus is very important for us in order to guarantee a spot in the playoffs and potentially position us for a first-round home playoff game. Over the course of the season the team has worked hard and had fun while also playing as a cohesive unit. At this point, we’re focused on each individual game and trying to make it as far as we can.” expressed Captain Sarah Duffy ‘23.
On Wednesday, Apr. 26, the Mules played Ursinus College and simultaneously celebrated their senior leaders. Duffy adds, “I don’t want to speak for the other seniors, but I think the seven of us are just trying to embrace the last days of our collegiate lacrosse experiences and are enjoying making memories with the team!”
Gaffney dedicated a lot of this collective motivation is due to the time lost on the field during the pandemic, “I think everyone on the team has the energy this year to give it their all because the senior class. Three years ago, our freshman year, our first season got canceled because of COVID and [we were] only [able] to play seven games our sophomore year still because of COVID. With those two years getting cut short, everyone works hard each and everyday during practice like it is their last. We are very grateful to have a full season while [being] successful both in and out of conference but still hungry to win in playoffs next week.”
Their hard work ethic has and is paying off. Another catalyst to the program’s recent success is their chemistry.
Defender Grace Bruther ‘23 elaborates, “The team has become closer throughout the season, so we are more comfortable playing with each other. We know each other’s style of play at this point really well so it makes it easy to depend on each other in games and know what to expect out of everyone.” Bruther continues, “My favorite part of playing lacrosse at Muhlenberg is being so close with the team. This past weekend we had a 6 hour delay at McDaniel and we were able to still have a great time even in an unfortunate situation.”
It is one thing to create a motto, it is another to follow it. The Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse record has proven a clear commitment to their motto, “all gas, no breaks.”