MEDFORD – Seven Tufts University players repeated as Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Region selections and eight were honored overall as the organization released the teams on Monday.
Senior attack Dakota Adamec, junior attack Emily Games, senior midfielder Annie Sullivan and senior defender Hedy Veith all repeated as IWLCA All-Region first team honorees. Junior defender Lily Baldwin, senior goalkeeper Audrey Evers and junior midfielder Maddie Norman are all on the second team for the second straight season. First-time recipient freshman attack Colette Smith is also on the second team.
Head coach Courtney Shute's Jumbos will play in Tufts' first-ever "Final Four" this weekend in Ashland, Virigina. The Jumbos, who have set a school record for victories with their 19-2 mark, defeated York College (Pa.) in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sunday at home and will play Salisbury in the semifinals on Saturday at Randolph-Macon College.
Adamec, the NESCAC Player of the Year, is in the 40-40 club with 41 goals (48 points) and 44 draw controls this season. She tied the school record with eight goals in a win over Wesleyan on April 16. Veith was the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, helping the Jumbos record a stingy 7.87 goals against average (GAA) this spring. Her 38 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers are both team-best marks.
Tufts' 15.48 goals per game lead NESCAC and Games has been the top producer on the Jumbos with 59 goals and 18 assists for 77 points. Her 31 free-position goals are 13 more than anyone else in the league. Sullivan is one of the nation's top two-way players, adding 30 goals with seven assists offensively and playing a key role defensively. She was part of a Tufts defense that shut out Plymouth State 18-0 in the NCAA second round, one of just four shutouts in NCAA Tournament history.
Baldwin is another starter on the Jumbo defense that has allowed just 19 goals in three NCAA games (6.33 GAA). A Jumbo leader on draw controls with 52 this spring, she had four ground balls in the NCAA Quarterfinal win against York and five draw controls vesus TCNJ in the third round. Norman is another two-way standout for Tufts, scoring 18 goals and leading the team with 61 draw controls. In the NESCAC Championship game at Middlebury, she scored twice, had three ground balls, caused two turnovers and won a draw control.
Evers saved 11 of the 17 shots on goal in the NCAA Quarterfinal versus York bringing her save percentage to a career-best 51.4 mark (third in NESCAC). She has been a part of two Tufts shutouts this season including 21-0 against Wellesley on March 9. Smith has been a tremendous addition to the Tufts offense, winning NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Despite missing five games, she has compiled 46 goals and 15 assists for 61 points.
Tufts' eight Pilgrim Region honors tie Middlebury for the most in the area.