MEDFORD - Defensive Player of the Year Molly Laliberty leads four Tufts University women's lacrosse players named to the 2022 NESCAC All-Conference Teams announced today. Laliberty and Anna Clarke are on the first team and Margie Carden and Madison Lehan earned second-team honors.
Laliberty, the senior goalie, was a first team selection and NESCAC Player of the Year last spring. This season she leads the league with a .536 save percentage, making126 saves on 235 shots faced. Her 7.93 goals against average is fifth in the league and she's made 7.88 saves per game to also rank fifth. Laliberty saved 18 of the 22 shots she saw (.818) in a win over Hamilton and made 14 saves with a .609 percentage in the season-opener at Colby.
Also repeating as a first team pick in the conference, Clarke has 82 draw controls to lead NESCAC while also scoring 25 goals with five assists (30 points), picking up 15 ground balls and causeing 13 turnovers. Three times this season she has had eight or more draw controls, including eight in conference games against Wesleyan and Trinity in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. She added three goals and an assist to key 16-11 win at Wesleyan.
Carden has been the team's offensive leader in her freshman season with 46 goals and nine assists for 55 points. She's fifth in goals and tied for ninth in points. Her season-best output of six goals came in a win over Bates, where she added an assist for a seven-point game. She's currently on a streak of five games in which she's scored four goals in each contest. Carden had recent six-point games against Hamilton and Trinity.
Lehan has delivered a stellar season on defense, ranking fourth in NESCAC with 2.27 ground balls per game and eighth with 1.60 caused turnovers per game. Her season-high of five ground balls came in the game at Wesleyan, and she's grabbed four four times. She also caused four turnovers in the Wesleyan game and had three against Williams and Middlebury. Lehan also scored her first goal since 2019 this year in the Hamilton game.
Head coach Courtney Shute's Jumbos (13-3) finished third in NESCAC this spring and are playing in the conference semifinals against Colby at Middlebury on Saturday.