Karen is probably best remembered in lacrosse circles for her uncanny ability to score whenever her team needed a goal. A 1980 graduate of Penncrest High School, she was a standout member of the varsity lacrosse team all four years, was named an all-star for three years, and led her team to the Central League and State Championships in 1979.
During her collegiate lacrosse career at the University of Delaware, Karen's accomplishments were many. She was a varsity starter from 1981-1984, was selected to the All-American team in '82, '83, and '84, led Delaware to the AIAW Championship in '81 and '82, and the first NCAA Championship in '83. She was selected as the MVP in that first NCAA tournament. She was the Eastern Collegiate Conference player of the year ion both '83 and '84. In 1984, she was chosen as a Senior All-Star and was the College Athlete of the Year. She still holds the records at Delaware for most goals scored, most assists and most points in a season.
Karen joined the U.S. squad in 1981, as a college freshman and played on several teams until her retirement in 1992. Again, she was a scoring machine and was feared by many international competitors as a member of the 1989 World Cup Championship Team, and on touring teams to Canada in '90, England in '91 and Australia in '92.
Since ending her national team career, Karen has continued to play in the Philadelphia Club system and is a well-known regular MVP of the Vail Shootout. Karen has also established herself as a lacrosse coach: first at Strath Haven High School and currently as the head coach at Swarthmore College.
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