MEDFORD - The "Final Four" bound Tufts University women's lacrosse team placed four players on the first two Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-America teams announced today.
Senior midfielder Anna Clarke and senior goalie Molly Laliberty (pictured) are on the first team, while freshman attack Margie Carden and senior defender Madison Lehan made the second team. Clarke and Laliberty are both on the first team for the second straight year. The four Jumbos on the top two teams are the most in the nation, and the four overall are tied with league foe Middlebury College for the most in Division III.
Clarke topped 100 draw controls this spring and is currently at 107 heading into Tufts' NCAA "Final Four" game on Saturday against College of New Jersey. Her 40 goals this season include outstanding 16 for 28 success (.571) on free-position attempts. She scored a season-high six points (four goals) with five draw controls in the Jumbos' 14-9 win over Franklin & Marshall in the "Elite 8" last Sunday.
Laliberty is seventh in the nation with a .544 save percentage, making 173 saves while allowing 145 goals. Her 7.92 goals against average is 14th in Division III. In the post-season, including three NESCAC Tournament games and three NCAA Tournament games, she has stopped 55 of 99 shots for a .555 save percentage. She made 14 saves on 21 shots faced in the NESCAC semifinals versus Colby.
Carden's 61 goals this spring are sixth among all freshmen in the nation and lead the first-year players who will be playing at the Final Four in Salem, Virginia this weekend. She had five in the NESCAC Championship Game versus Middlebury and then five in the NCAA first round versus St. Lawrence.
Lehan has 33 caused turnovers and 43 ground balls for a Tufts defense that ranks 17th in scoring defense nationally with a 7.29 goals against average. Only once in six post-seaosn games this spring have they allowed double-figure goals. Lehan caused five turnoers in last weekend's NCAA Regional wins over Pomona-Pitzer and Franklin & Marshall.
Head coach Courtney Shute's Jumbos are 18-3 overall, won NESCAC and are on an 11-game winning streak heading into the Final Four.