Women’s Lax defeats the Red Devils

A tenacious finish from a veteran shooter and a green goalie

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Meaghan Haughney ‘26 stand victorious.(Courtesy of The Muhlenberg Office of Communications)

On Apr. 15 the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team was looking forward to their matchup against the Dickinson Red Devils. Up to this point, the two teams had been tied in their standing in the Centennial Conference and this game would decide who would be in tournament contention with a 2-3 record and who would be going home 1-4. 

The game was a back-and-forth match with the Red Devils taking an early lead in the first quarter but not before the Mules dragged them back to a 5-3 deficit going into the second. Then in the second quarter, the Mules brought the firepower, scoring an impressive seven goals in 15 minutes to put them ahead by one at the end of the half.

So far the teams had gone back and forth by capitalizing on each other’s strengths and weaknesses. While the Mules dominated ground ball control, they struggled to win draws. Except draws were no matter, the Mules forced 20 Red Devil turnovers. This tumultuous stat line balanced out in the score line of the second half as the two teams were tied late into the fourth. 

It’s important to acknowledge the essential role that Meaghan Haughney ‘26 played in her first career start. Under pressure, she fought to save 5 goals that could have put Dickinson ahead in the final minutes. With two and a half minutes left, Haughney capably saved and cleared the ball to give the Mules momentum. The momentum that Nicole Steiner ‘23 capitalized on with her 80th career goal in the final minute, put the Mules up 16-15.

Elisabeth Loiselle ‘24 said, “We were all hungry for a win after falling to both Haverford and Washington College, so we put a lot of effort into preparing for this game. The focus and energy we carried throughout the week were contagious and came out on Saturday, both on and off the field. Beating Dickinson was crucial to keeping our team in the run for playoffs, so it felt great to walk away with such a thrilling victory and knowing we are one step closer to achieving that goal.” 

Matthew joined the Weekly Sports Section in his freshman year to tell the inspiring and compelling stories that transpire over points, games, and seasons.

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