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PSU Student-Athletes receive Little East weekly honors

Connerty, Field, Vonachen, Arsenault, and Lange recognized for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Five Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized by the Little East Conference (LEC) Monday with top weekly honors for their performances in spring sports action last week.

            PSU junior Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H./Tyngsboro, Mass.), freshman Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) and senior Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) were named LEC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, while freshmen Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H./Berlin/Phillips Exeter) and Masha Lange (Danville, N.H./Timberlane) were selected LEC Baseball and Softball Rookie of the Week, respectively. They were key players as the Panther women's lacrosse and softball teams head into the conference tournaments while the baseball team enters the final week of the regular season.

            Connerty led PSU to a pair of LEC victories by scoring nine goals and adding three assists in the two games. She scored four goals and added two assists in Wednesday's win over Southern Maine, and she tallied a game-high five goals and added an assist in Saturday's victory over Rhode Island College.

            Connerty ranks second on the team in scoring with 40 points on 26 goals and 14 assists, and she is tied for fourth in the LEC with 1.08 assists per game.

            Vonachen anchored the defense in the two LEC victories, recording six draw controls, six caused turnovers, and eight ground balls as PSU allowed just 10 goals in the two games.  She tallied four draw controls, a caused turnover and two ground balls in Wednesday's win over Southern Maine, and she collected two draw controls, five caused turnovers and six ground balls in Saturday's victory over RIC.

            Vonachen is enjoying an outstanding rookie campaign at both ends of the field. She leads the team with 18 caused turnovers and 45 ground balls and ranks third with 21 draw controls and 30 points on 28 goals and two assists.

            Field posted a 2-0 record with a 4.93 goals against average and a .760 save percentage in just 73 minutes between the pipes.  She made 15 saves while allowing five goals in 50 minutes in Wednesday's win over Southern Maine, and she stopped four out of five shots in 23 minutes of action in Saturday's victory over RIC. Field also made her first career appearance as an attacker against RIC and tallied three goals and an assist.

            Field, who led the nation in 2013 with a .569 save percentage, has climbed to fifth in the NCAA Division III this season with a .566 percentage. She also ranks second in the LEC with an 8.57 goals against average.

            Arsenault posted a 1-0 record with one save and a 0.84 earned run average in two LEC appearances; he pitched 10.2 innings and surrendered only one run on four hits and three walks, striking out nine. Arsenault started and earned the win Tuesday against rival Keene State College, going seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits and a walk while fanning six, and he finished Saturday's game against UMB, pitching three-and-two-thirds innings of hitless baseball, walking two and striking out three, to preserve the win and earn a save.

            Arsenault is enjoying an outstanding rookie season, posting a 3-1 record with two saves and a 2.68 earned run average.  He is ranked eighth in the LEC in ERA and opposing batting average (.236). Arsenault was also an LEC Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week this past winter.

            Lange batted .565 (13-for-23) in six games with11 runs scored after collecting three doubles, a triple, a home run, four RBI, and two stolen bases in a 5-1 week for PSU (4-0 LEC).  She had at least two hits in five of the six games, going 3-for-7 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in a sweep of Keene State and 4-for-9 with a double and three runs scored in a sweep of RIC.

            Lange is also experiencing a superb rookie campaign, batting .422 in 32 games with 15 extra-base hits (nine doubles, two triples, four home runs), 30 RBI, 33 runs scored and 17 stolen bases. She leads the LEC in hits (49) and stolen bases, ranks third in batting average and total bases (74), fourth in home runs, fifth in slugging (.638), sixth in triples and RBI, seventh in doubles, and eighth in on-base percentage (.447). Lange was also a starter on the PSU field hockey team last fall.

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