|Emily Games received her fourth All-American honor.|
MEDFORD - The NCAA Championship finalist Tufts University Jumbos have placed five players on the 2021 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III All-American teams.
Senior attack Catherine Lawliss, senior defender Lindsay Erickson, junior goalie Molly Laliberty and junior midfielder Anna Clarke are on the first team. Senior attack Emily Games is a second-team selection.
This is the first IWLCA All-American list announced since 2019. Lawliss and Games were on the Inside Lacrosse Division III Media All-American teams named for the shortened 2020 season. Games, a four-time All-American in her five-year career, was an IWLCA second team All-American in 2019 and a third-teamer in 2017.
Head coach Courtney Shute's Jumbos won their first NESCAC title this spring and advanced to the NCAA Championship Game. The team finished with a 10-1 record after losing a close national championship game 14-13 to Salisbury.
NESCAC's Offensive Player of the Year, Lawliss led the Jumbos in scoring this season with 38 goals and 17 assists for 55 points to average five points per game. She had four goals and two assists in the NCAA final versus Salisbury. Earlier in NCAA's Lawliss totaled five goals with three assists in the team's tournament opener against Cabrini.
Erickson led Jumbo defenders with 14 caused turnovers this spring, including three in the NCAA Elite 8 against TCNJ. She also grabbed 16 ground balls. Often assigned to the opponent's top scorer, she played a leading role in Tufts recording one of the lowest goals against averages in the nation at 7.00. She was a NESCAC All-Conference first-team defender.
Laliberty was outstanding as the last line of defense in goal. She stopped 112 of the 188 shots she faced this season for a .596 save percentage. She made 14 saves and allowed just five goals when Tufts won 14-5 at Division I Dartmouth on April 25. She was named NESCAC Player of the Year for 2021 and finished the season with a 7.24 goals against mark.
Clarke's 43 draw controls this spring led Tufts and included eight in the national championship game against Salisbury. The first team All-NESCAC pick also scored 16 goals with three assists including back-to-back 3-1-4 outputs in deep NCAA Tournament games against TCNJ and St. John Fisher. Her 13 ground balls were third on the team.
Games was Tufts' leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament with 11 goals and seven assists for 18 points in five games. She finished the season with 33 goals and 10 assists for 43 points, an average of 3.91 points per game. A member of the conference second team, she tallied six goals in the Sweet 16 game against Roger Williams when she became Tufts' all-time leader in goals (192).