MEDFORD - For the second straight week, junior goalie Molly Laliberty of the Tufts University women's lacrosse team has earned the NESCAC Player of the Week award following her outstanding performance in the conference championship game.
Laliberty and the Jumbo defense allowed just three goals to Wesleyan as Tufts won its first-ever NESCAC title on Saturday at Bello Field. That's the third-fewest goals allowed ever in the NESCAC Championship Game which dates back to 2001. Laliberty stopped 13 of the Cardinals' 16 shots for an excellent .813 save percentage. Tufts prevented Wesleyan from scoring for a 40-minute stretch spanning from halfway through the first half until late in the second half with Lalberty making nine saves during this time. For the second half overall, she made nine saves on 10 Wesleyan attempts while wrapping up Tufts' 14-3 victory. She also caused a turnover and collected three ground balls in the game.
Also the IWLCA National Defensive Player of the Week on April 27, Laliberty's back-to-back NESCAC awards give the Jumbos three of the conference's five weekly honors this season. Senior Catherine Lawliss was recognized on April 12.
For the season, Laliberty leads NESCAC with a 5.27 goals against average, a .688 save percentage and 10.67 saves per game. She has made 64 saves and allowed 27 goals in 330 minutes of action.