Jen Dragoni Muston begins her 12th season as the head women’s lacrosse coach at York College of Pennsylvania as one of the top coaches in the region after leading York to a combined 43 wins in the last three seasons. Muston owns a sterling record of 142-63 in her eleven years as the Spartan mentor, while York has also gone 61-23 in Capital Athletic Conference play.
In 2018, the Spartans had another successful campaign going 15-5 overall and 7-1 in conference play. The Spartans were able to make it to the CAC semi-final match where they fell in a heart breaking fashion to Mary Washington, however York still earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Spartans took advantage of this opportunity by making it to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season. They opened up the tournament with a 10-3 victory of Washington & Lee in the second round. They followed that up with an impressive performance in a 13-6 win over Catholic. York fell to the eventual national runner-up Middlebury 11-10 in the Elite Eight to end their run. The Green and White produced three All-Americans and six All-CAC performers.
In 2017, the Spartans topped the previous school record with 16 wins, going 16-4, along with a perfect conference slate, finishing 8-0. In the regular season, York took down Salisbury for the first time in school history 10-6, after losing the previous 17 tries, in a matchup of two top-11 teams in the nation. The Sea Gulls took the rematch in the CAC Championship, but York earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the sixth straight year, where they won multiple games to reach the Elite Eight. In a pair of close gams, the Green and White defeated St. John Fisher 5-4 in the second round, before out-lasting Messiah in the Sweet 16 8-7 in an overtime battle. The incredible run came to an end at Trinity (Conn.) in the Elite Eight.
York, for the fifth consecutive season, reached the NCAA Tournament in 2016, going 12-7 overall and 5-3 in CAC play. Right in the thick of conference play, the Spartans ripped off six straight wins, including a first-round victory over Christopher Newport in the CAC Tournament. The Spartans eventually fell in the conference semifinals to Salisbury, in a heart-breaking 8-7 final, and then to Amherst on the road in the NCAA Tournament second round. Megan Strauch was named an IWLCA All-American for the second season, while four were named to the All-CAC team and three to the All-Region squad.
The 2015 edition of the Spartan squad was the best year in school history, before 2017, as York advanced to the Elite Eight before falling 10-8 to Middlebury. The Spartans went 15-6 overall and 7-1 in the CAC as they advanced to the CAC championship game for the fourth straight year. The Spartans also earned their four straight NCAA Tournament berth. The year was one of firsts as defender Karlie Dougherty earned the Spartans' first ever women's lacrosse CAC Player of the Year Award. She also earned York's first first-team All-American while she also earned the IWLCA Defender of the Year. Dougherty and Strauch earned All-American accolades for the Spartans while five players earned All-CAC accolades.
The 2014 squad posted 15 wins and a third straight trip to the CAC championship game and NCAA Tournament. The Green and White picked up an NCAA Tournament win over St. John Fisher as York advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year. York had five players earn All-CAC honors while four Spartans earned IWLCA all-region accolades. Erica Mulford and Ashley Smith were selected as IWLCA All-Americans.
Muston led the 2013 Spartan squad to a fantastic year as the Spartans tied the school record with 14 wins, earned a second at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, and earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament win. The Spartans advanced to the Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship for the second straight year and defeated Washington & Lee 13-6 on May 8 for the program’s initial NCAA win. Muston guided a pair of All-Americans as Kim Wayson and Katie Vautier earned the IWLCA national honor.
Muston led the 2012 Spartan squad to one of the best campaigns in school history. The Green and White won a school-record 14 matches and earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. For her efforts, Muston was named the Capital Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year for the second consecutive year while she was also selected as the IWLCA Metro Region Coach-of-the-Year. The Spartans made their first appearance in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game after going 7-1 in the conference during the regular season.
In 2011, the sixth season of York's varsity women's lacrosse program, the Green and White posted an impressive 13-4 mark and reached the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. For that effort, she was named the CAC Coach-of-the-Year by her conference peers.
Since Muston's arrival prior to the 2008 season, York has posted a 99-47 mark including ten-plus wins in seven of her eight Spartan seasons. For her career, Muston has coached 20 of York's 22 All-Capital Athletic Conference players. Those 20 players have combined to have 18 first team selections and 18 second team picks. The Spartans posted a program-best seven selections in both 2012 and 2013. She is also responsible for recruiting and coaching 26 of York's 28 All-Region selections in addition to leading Kim Wayson to the program's first-ever IWLCA All-American award. Wayson was a second-team pick in 2012. Wayson repeated the honor in 2013 while Vautier joined her as York’s second All-American. Dougherty and Strauch made it seven All-Americans in Spartan history in 2015.
Guided by Muston, the Spartan program has continued to become a force on the regional and national level. A tireless recruiter and dedicated teacher of the game, Muston is steadily building a program that has made an impact in both the region and on the national scene. York finished the 2013 season ranked 11th in the nation. The Spartans have been consistently inside the top 15 for the last four seasons.
Prior to York, Muston served as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Goucher College for two seasons. She earned her master’s degree in education from Goucher as she was a Gopher from 2006 to 2007. Muston was responsible for assisting the head coach in all of the day-to-day aspects of running the Division III program. She assisted in planning practice, game strategies, student-athlete recruitment, scouting opponents, and game-tape breakdown.
Muston began her coaching career at the University of Maryland Baltimore County as she was an assistant coach in the spring of 2005. That coaching stint followed a stellar four-year career for the Retrievers. Muston was a four-year starter at UMBC and was a captain during her senior year. At the time of her graduation, Muston held the UMBC career assists record with 63 helpers while her 123 goals ranked her seventh on the Retrievers’ all-time list. She ended her career fifth on UMBC’s career points list with 186. A three-time first-team All-Northeast Conference selection, Muston was also the 2002 NEC tournament MVP and the 2003 conference Player-of-the-Year. She was named UMBC’s outstanding female athlete for the 2003-04 academic year. For those efforts, Muston was inducted into the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame in the winter of 2012.
Taylor Johnson begins her first season on Jen Muston’s coaching staff in the fall of 2019.
Johnson was a four-year letter winner and a three-year starter at Shippensburg University where she played in the attack for the Red Raiders.
Johnson graduated from Shippensburg with a degree in Human Communications and a minor in athletic coaching. She served as an assistant coach for her club lacrosse team, Looney’s Lacrosse, in 2017 and was also on staff at Carlisle High School. Johnson was the head JV coach at Bel Air High School in the spring of 2018.
Johnson played in 62 games for Ship as she notched 47 points on 26 goals and 21 assists. Johnson also had 48 ground balls, 20 caused turnovers and five draw controls.
She will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of the Spartan program including recruiting, scouting, practice preparation and game day duties.
(Updated Sept. 10, 2019)
Ashley Fitzhugh returns to Muston's staff for a 12th season in 2018-19. Fitzhugh focuses mainly on the defensive aspect of the game. She took over the top assistant’s role in 2008 as she helps continue the program’s steady improvement.
Fitzhugh was a four-year starter for the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she played under her maiden name of Staines, graduating from UMBC with a degree in psychology. From 1998-2002, she helped the Retrievers to a 44-25 record, three Northeast Conference Championships, and the program’s first-ever NCAA Division I Top-20 ranking.
She was twice named the NEC Player-of-the-Week during her career and was selected as the 2000 NEC tournament MVP. Fitzhugh currently holds the league’s tournament record for goals scored in a game and in the tournament. She led the Retrievers with 43 goals scored in 2000 and was a two-time All-NEC first-team choice in 2000 and 2001.
She resides in Timonium, Maryland with her children Stella, Logan and Kellan.