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Karen E. Borbee

Hall of Fame


Inducted 2001


University of Delaware

Former University of Delaware women's lacrosse All-American and national career scoring record holder Karen (Emas) Borbee was inducted 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 lacrosse at Swarthmore (Pa.) College since 1993, is the third player-coach with UD ties to join the hall. 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 1982, and an NCAA title in 1983. She established NCAA records for goals (310) and points (420) in a career and still held the goals record at the time of her induction. 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 US Lacrosse Philadelphia Chapter Hall of Fame and the Delaware County (Pa.) Sports Hall of Fame.