(Photos from 2018 and 2019 seasons)
MEDFORD - Following an explosive performance in the Tufts University women's lacrosse team's season-opener on Saturday, senior Catherine Lawliss was selected as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Co-Offensive Player of the Week for Division III today.
Lawliss scored nine points with five goals and four assists in Tufts' 17-5 opening win at Connecticut College. She scored the first goal of the game and had three goals with three assists in the first half as Tufts built an 11-3 lead. She then scored two of Tufts' first three goals in the second half as the Jumbos locked down the win.
The team's leading scorer during the 2020 season that was cut short due to COVID-19, Lawliss scored 10 goals and five assists for 15 points in three games. She nearly doubled that pace in her first game of 2021 and leads the NESCAC in goals, assists and points per game.
Tufts' last IWLCA National Player of the Week honor came on April 10, 2019 when Emily Games was recognized. Head coach Courtney Shute's team earned the award twice that season including Dakota Adamec on March 27.
An Inside Lacrosse Division III Media All-American for the shortened 2020 season, Lawliss now has 75 goals and 38 assists for 113 points in 44 career games with the Jumbos. She shares this week's IWLCA National Co-Offensive Player of the Week honor with Maddy Olsen from Husson University.