Women's Lax Team Members Named First-Team All-Centennial; Borbee Named Coach of the Year

By Mark Anskis
Annalise Penikis '13, Caroline Murphy '14, and Karen Borbee
Annalise Penikis ’13, Caroline Murphy ’14 and, Karen Borbee

Annalise Penikis ’13 and Caroline Murphy '14 of the women's lacrosse team have been named to the All-Centennial Conference First Team while head coach Karen Borbee has been selected as the Coach of the Year, the conference announced May 1.

Penikis, a biology major who was recently profiled in Lacrosse Magazine, is a repeat selection to the All-Centennial first team and is one of only three unanimous All-Centennial selections. Murphy, an honors economics and mathematics major, is an All-Centennial selection for the first time in her career. Former high school teammates at nearby Strath Haven, Penikis and Murphy are the first set of Swarthmore teammates to make the All-Centennial First Team since Katie Tarr ’02 and Heather Kile ’02 in 2002.

An All-America candidate, Penikis finished the season with 68 goals, 40 assists and 108 points. She became the first player in the history of the Centennial Conference to lead the Conference in goals (61), assists (37) and points (98) in regular-season play. Her 40 assists for the season ranks fourth all-time in program history and her 68 goals ranks fifth all-time in a single season. Penikis also finished the season with 205 career points, becoming just the seventh player in program history to eclipse 200 points for a career.

Murphy was the anchor of the Garnet defense all season long, finishing the season with a team-high 24 caused turnovers and 31 ground balls.

In her 19th season as head coach of the lacrosse program, Borbee receives Centennial Conference Coach of the Year accolades for the first time in her career. This past season, Borbee guided the Garnet to the Centennial Conference playoffs for the first time since 2006. With 191 career victories, Borbee is the winningest lacrosse coach  - including the men's and women's programs - in Swarthmore history. Borbee also previously coached the field hockey and women's basketball programs at Swarthmore, leading the 1996 and 1997 field hockey teams to Centennial Conference championships.