I first became acquainted with Molly when she made a cameo appearance at the Lacrosse Goalie Summit 8 with Coach Mo Spellman. Coach Mo called on Laliberty to discuss her experiences her experience with the recruiting process and advice for any young goalies aspiring to play lacrosse in college.
Laliberty’s journey as a lacrosse goalie began in an unexpected way. When it was her turn to step in the cage for the rotation during a game, she found that most of the kids were shooting right at her because she was left-handed.
To her surprise, she did well and fell in love with the thrill of making a save. This led her to make the decision to stick with the position, a choice that she wouldn’t regret!
Despite starting late in lacrosse, Laliberty was determined to improve and become a top athlete. She started working with a local goalie coach in Massachusetts, Joe Delano, who helped her develop her skills. Her hockey background also gave her an edge in understanding the angles of a lacrosse goalie.
During high school, Laliberty attended different camps and schools to help with recruiting. But it wasn’t until her junior year that she really began to excel.
Laliberty’s focus on education meant that she was looking for a school that would be a good fit academically as well as athletically.
That’s what helped Tufts university land Laliberty as the school as well as the NESCAC conference is known for its academic focus as well as the pinnacle of D3 lacrosse.
Tufts coach Courtney Shute sold her the vision of creating history at Tufts and sealed the deal.
Laliberty experienced immediate success upon arrival at Tufts. She split time as a freshman and was part of a Jumbos squad that made it all the way to Final Four weekend.
Molly would then go on to win back-to-back D3 Goalie of the year honors, was named a 1st-team All-American, and even took home NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2022.
Laliberty credits much of her success to her team and the strong defense at Tufts. But her determination to succeed also played a huge role. Her focus on academics and athletics allowed her to excel in both areas as she earned NESCAC All-Academic honors in her senior season at Tufts,
After graduating from, Laliberty wasn’t sure if she wanted to continue playing lacrosse. But a trip to Portugal convinced her to keep playing for another year. This led to her transfer to Northwestern, where she has continued her success as a goalie.
Laliberty’s story is one of hard work, dedication, and determination. It shows that even if you choose a non-traditional route, you can still achieve great things if you’re willing to put in the effort. With her transfer to Northwestern, it’s clear that Laliberty’s lacrosse career is far from over, and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next.
Lacrosse is my passion! The game has given me so much and this blog is my way of giving back to the lax community. Specifically the most bad a$$ part of that community - the goalies! After learning to play goalie from scratch, I wanted to create a site where I could share what I learned with others so they too can become champions in the crease and in life. Learn more about Coach Damon.
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