MEDFORD - Leading scorer Lara Kozin (Suffern, NY) and two-way midfielder Steph Perez (East Providence, RI) of the Tufts women's lacrosse team capped the program's excellent 2011 season with their recognition as Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Americans, announced on Friday.
With their inclusion on the IWLCA All-America Second Team, Kozin and Perez were voted among the top 32 Division III players in the country this season. Coach Carol Rappoli's team was one of seven with two players on the first two teams, while only Trinity College and College of New Jersey had three.
Accumulating school records in points (88) and assists (49) this season, Kozin was one of the top attack players in the nation. For all games through May 22, her 49 assists rank 11th among Division III players. Her overall scoring, which included 39 goals, is among the top 40 in the country and came with the majority of Tufts' games played against outstanding NESCAC competition.
Perez, a Third Team All-American in 2010, was an athletic force on possessions for the Jumbos. Her 71 draw controls (3.74 per game) ranks among the top 50 in the country. She also utilized her speed to transition the team from offense to defense and contriubed 32 goals with seven assists for 39 points. Her 39 ground balls are second on the team.
The Jumbos finished 12-7 overall for 2011, advancing to the semi-finals of the NESCAC Championship and to the second round of the NCAA Championship.