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Maryland women’s lacrosse’s Lizzie Colson named IWLCA National Defender of the Year

The star senior proved she was the best defender in the nation during the 2021 season.

Michigan v Maryland Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

Maryland women’s lacrosse defender Lizzie Colson capped off her redshirt senior season earning the title of Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association National Defender of the Year.

The past season was the first time Colson stepped on the field since 2019 because of her ACL injury and she took full advantage of her final year with the Terps.

Colson led the nation with 49 caused turnovers which is the second-most in program history. She also led the conference with 59 groundballs. In 10 games this season, Colson had at least four groundballs and had a season-high seven on April 8 against Rutgers. Her season-high turnovers in a single game also came against Rutgers when she caused six of them.

The Manchester, Maryland native had 80 draw controls on the season bringing her career total up to 324 which ranks third in program history.

Colson also earned a spot All-Big Ten tournament and Inside Lacrosse’s All-American first team. She is also a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was the unanimous Big Ten Defender of the Year. Her most recent honors include being a finalist for both the 2021 Tewaaraton Award and the Honda Award, which honors women athletes in the NCAA who represent the best of the best in college athletics.

On June 8, Colson also became one of 13 college players to be drafted in the first-ever Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse College Draft for a new women’s lacrosse league.