Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/31/19
From Press Releases
Swarthmore College head coach Karen (Emas) Borbee (Penncrest, Delaware) was recognized Thursday night as the recipient of the 2019 Tewaaraton Legends Award at the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
The Tewaaraton Legends Award, is awarded to one male and female honoree each year who were at the top of the game collegiately before the Tewaaraton Award was established in 2001. The Tewaaraton Legend Award was first given in 2011 to star athlete Jim Brown.
Borbee, a three-time All-American and national champion at the University of Delaware, appears all over the NCAA’s Division I record book and still is on top of the goals per game category (4.65) after recording 256 goals in 55 games. She led Delaware to a combined 60-9-1 record while playing there from 1981-84.
Also a member of the US Lacrosse and University of Delaware Halls of Fame, Emas Borbee was a nine-year member of Team USA.
Borbee holds an overall record of 230-181 over 25 seasons as Swarthmore’s head women’s lacrosse coach, the second most wins among current coaches in the Centennial Conference. During this time she has produced nine All-Americans and recruited student-athletes from 18 different states.
“A natural talent with outstanding stick work, Karen was not only a prolific scorer but also an extremely unselfish player, leading her team in assists two of her four years and ending the other two seasons as runner-up in that category,” said former Delaware head coach Janet Smith, who cached her at Delaware. “She took genuine pride in her assists and setting up others for the goal. Karen was a dream for both coaches and teammates, a quiet leader by example. Her offensive acumen was unparalleled. Karen is most deserving of the 2019 Tewaaraton Women’s Legend Award.”