Women's Lacrosse Coach Karen Borbee Records 200th Career Win

by Zach Epstein
Karen Borbee getting Gatorade bath
Head Coach Karen Borbee gets a traditional Gatorade bath after notching her 200th career victory as the Garnet defeat Dickinson College.

Karen Borbee, the head coach of the Swarthmore women's lacrosse team, notched her 200th career victory in a 13-10 victory over Dickinson College last month. She is one of only two coaches in the Centennial Conference with at least 200 wins - a mark that only 11 Division III women's lacrosse coaches have ever reached at one institution. Read a q&a with Borbee on reaching this milestone in the Daily Gazette.

Borbee, in her 20th season as the women's lacrosse coach, played collegiately at the University of Delaware and is a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Her accomplishment came in the midst of another strong season for the Garnet (10-6, 4-5 CC), as the team fell just short of a berth in the five-team Centennial Conference playoffs.

Annalise Penikis '13
Annalise Penikis '13

This year's team was led by All-America candidate Annalise Penikis '13, a biology major and statistics minor from Swarthmore, Pa. Last season, she was the first student-athlete in Centennial Conference history to lead the league in goals, points and assists. The Centennial Conference's points leader also had a strong connection to Swarthmore Athletics before ever putting on a uniform, as she is the daughter of Associate Professor Economics Amanda Bayer. Penikis' stellar career was recently profiled by CBS Philly.

Other key players on the team include (stats as of 4/23): Corinne Sommi '14 (30 goals, 14 assists, 44 points ), Beth Martin '13 (21 ground balls, 17 caused turnovers), Caroline Murphy '14 (29 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers), and Nicole Vanchieri '13 (18 goals, 9 assists, 27 points).