Women's Lacrosse Scores Seven IWLCA All-Region Recipients

MEDFORD - Seven Tufts University players have received Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Pilgrim Region honors announced today, five on the first team and two on the second team.

Head coach Courtney Shute's team with five All-Region first team honorees has the most ouf of any team. They are freshman attack Margie Carden, senior midfielder Anna Clarke (pictured), senior defender Ananda Kao, senior goalie Molly Laliberty and senior defender Madison Lehan. Tufts' second-team selections are senior midfielder Kathryn Delaney and junior attack Caroline Walter.

Clarke, Delaney and Laliberty are all second-time All-Region recipients, as each was on the first team last year. Carden, Kao, Lehan and Walter were named All-Region for the first time.

The Jumbos are 16-3 overall and won the NESAC Championship in a 9-8 final at Middlebury College, ending the Panthers' 42-game winning streak. Tufts is hosting an NCAA Regional at Bello Field this weekend looking to advance to the program's third consecutive NCAA "Final Four."

In her first collegiate season, Carden leads the team in scoring with 56 goals and 66 points. She's tallied four goals or more 10 times. Clarke has been a key contributor all over the field, scoring 33 goals (13 free-position) with six assists, winning 99 draw controls and causing 15 turnovers. She just had a season-high four goals and won eight draws in the team's 20-5 victory over St. Lawrence in the NCAA second round. Kao has successfully moved from midfield to defense for this season, helping Tufts allow just seven goals per game. She has been a shut-down defender with 23 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers in her 19 games. Laliberty has backed up her Preseason Player of the Year accolade from USA Lacrosse Magazine by recording a .551 save percentage. Eight times she's been at 60 percent or better in games this season. Lehan leads the Jumbos with 26 caused turnovers and 36 ground balls. Her work has helped Tufts hold opponents to five goals or less seven times.

Often taking the draw control for Tufts, Delaney has helped the Jumbos win at over 55 percent including earning 36 of her own. She's also scored 16 goals and picked up 14 ground balls. Walter has emerged offensively to score 35 goals this spring, second on the team. After scoring four goals in the first six games, she has netted 31 in the 13 goals since.

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