Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/16/19
From Press Releases
Swarthmore College Women’s Lacrosse head coach Karen (Emas) Borbee (Penncrest, Delaware) will be recognized this spring as the recipient of the 2019 Tewaaraton Legends Award, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced on Sunday.
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.
Borbee is set to begin her 26th season as the head coach at Swarthmore.
She will be invited to receive her award at the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on May 31 at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
“Karen played an amazing role in developing the Delaware women’s lacrosse legacy,” remarked current Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. “One of our most decorated alumnae and teammates, Karen has and continues to exude a passion for the game and a quiet confidence in her pursuit of excellence. Today, Karen is an amazing mentor, leader and coach. Her Blue Hen family is proud to join the lacrosse community in honoring her steadfast contributions, unparalleled performance and outstanding leadership!”
Also a member of the US Lacrosse and University of Delaware Halls of Fame, Emas Borbee was a nine-year member of Team USA.
“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. “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.”