Former University of Delaware women's lacrosse All-American and
national career scoring record holder Karen (Emas) Borbee was inducted
into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame as an outstanding player,
but she also coached and officiated, and contributed noteworthy
service to the game.
Borbee, who has been the head coach for field hockey and lacrosse
at Swarthmore (Pa.) College, will be the third player-coach with
UD ties to join the hall. The late Milt Roberts, the co-founder
of Delaware's men's program in the 1940s, and Janet Smith, who coached
Emas and led UD to three women's national titles, were inducted
One of most prolific scorers in women's lacrosse history, Borbee
earned her degree from Delaware in 1984 following a standout four-year
career. She was a three-time All-American and helped Delaware claim
national titles in AIAW in 1981 and '82, and an NCAA title in 1983.
She established NCAA records for goals (310) and points (420) in
a career and still holds the goals record. Her points record was
broken in 2001 by Maryland's Jen Adams.
A member of the inaugural University of Delaware Athletics Hall
of Fame class in 1997, Borbee also played for the U.S. National
Team from 1982-93, helping the team to the World Cup championship
in 1989. She coached Strath-Haven High School from 1985-92 before
joining the staff at Swarthmore. She also has been inducted into
the U.S. Lacrosse Philadelphia Chapter Hall of Fame. She resides
in Wallingford, Pa.