PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three of the starters on the Plymouth State University field hockey team were recognized Monday with the top weekly honors from the Little East Conference.
Juniors Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) and Cortney Colligan (Brookfield, N.H./Kingswood) were named LEC Field Hockey Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, and freshman Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) was selected as LEC Rookie of the Week. They were key players that helped PSU post back-to-back shutouts last week over non-conference opponent Lasell College and LEC foe UMass Dartmouth.
A junior forward, Smith (right) scored four goals on the week, including both game-winners. She had a hat trick in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Lasell, scoring the first three goals of the game, and added the first goal of the day in Saturday's 2-0 LEC win at UMass Dartmouth. It was the second career hat trick for Smith, who shares the team goal-scoring lead and is tied for fifth in the LEC with five markers on the season.
A junior defender, Colligan (left) anchored a Panther defense that did not allow a goal on the week, extending its shutout string to three games and 210 minutes. The Panthers stifling defensive unit limited both Lasell and UMD to just six shots in each game.
A freshman goalkeeper, Sedgley (below right) continued her impressive play in net with a pair of shutout victories. She made a total of 12 saves, six in each game, to record her second and third whitewashes on the season. Sedgley shares the LEC lead in shutouts, while ranking sixth in both goals against average (1.55) and saves percentage (.795).
PSU, 3-2 overall, is tied with Keene State for first place in the LEC, both schools at 2-0 in conference play. The Panthers are back in action Saturday evening with a visit to Little East opponent Western Connecticut (6:00 p.m.)
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