MEDFORD – Three members of the Tufts University women's lacrosse team were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWCA) Division III All-America team on Wednesday. It's the most for the Jumbos since the 2009 season.
Junior attack Dakota Adamec is on the IWLCA All-America first team. Junior midfielder Annie Sullivan and junior defender Hedy Veith were selected to the third team. It's the first All-American honor for all three Jumbos. The trio qualified for the All-American ballot by virtue of their IWLCA All-New England first team honors.
Adamec, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year, is one of five conference players on the All-America first team. She piled up 51 goals and 16 assists for 67 points in 18 games, an average of 3.72 points per game. She was even more productive in 10 conference games with 42 points (34 goals) for a 4.20 per game average. Also among the best on draw controls in NESCSAC, she grabbed 52 this spring.
Sullivan was a do-it-all middie for head coach Courtney Shute's Jumbos. She finished the 2018 season ranked in the top 30 in the league in points (34-5-39) and draw controls (38) and was often marked up on one of the opposing team's top attacking threats. She helped kick-start the team's fast-break opportunities through the midfield and played with grit and passion all over the turf. Her 13 free-position goals were second on the team and fifth in the conference.
Veith is a team leader whose statistics did not come close to telling her story defensively. Most often marked up on the opposing team's top attacking threat, or otherwise a stand-out with her help defense, Veith and the Jumbo D often held opponents to 90-second stands this spring. Also a part of Tufts' clearing game, her leadership in back was a key reason for the cohesiveness of the Jumbo defense which resulted in a strong 9.06 goals against average this season.
Tufts finished the season at 13-5, the most wins the program has seen since 2009. They also made it to the second round of the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2015.