IWLCA Picks Clarke As National Offensive Player of the Week

MEDFORD - Tufts University senior midfielder Anna Clarke has won the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Offensive Player of the Week for her role in the Jumbos' NCAA Regional victoreis last weekend.

Head coach Courtney Shute's Jumbos advanced to the NCAA "Final Four" after hosting and winning "Sweet 16" and "Elite 8" games at Bello Field May 21-22. Tufts defeated Pomona-Pitzer 18-10 in the round of 16, and then won 13-9 over Franklin & Marshall in the quarterfinals.

Clarke led the team in scoring with seven goals and two assists nine points over the weekend, including three for four on free-position opportunities. She also won eight draw controls and surpassed 100 for the season.

Against Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday, Clarke set the tone by winning the opening draw and going down and scoring 11 seconds into the game. She had two more goals in the second quarter as Tufts built a 14-4 halftime lead. Then in the Elite 8, she tallied four goals and two assists against the Diplomats while also taking five draws. Again she scored Tufts' first goal and had two in the first quarter as the Jumbos jumped out to a 5-3 lead. Later in the game, she scored twice after F&M had pulled within two goals, helping Tufts keep a safe distance with 8-5 and 11-8 leads.

For the season, Clarke is second on the Jumbos with 40 goals and 48 points. She became the first player in team history to surpass 100 draw controls and enters the Final Four with 107. She's also caused 15 turnovers and picked up 17 ground balls.

This is the second IWLCA National Player of the Week award for the Jumbos in 2022. Senior goalie Molly Laliberty was honored on April 26.

The Jumbos (18-3) play College of New Jersey in the Final Four at Kerr Stadium in Salem, Virginia on Saturday at 3 pm.