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Two PSU Lacrosse players honored by Little East for defense


- Two of the top players on the Plymouth State University lacrosse teams were recognized for their defense Monday as the Little East Conference announced its weekly award recipients.

            Juniors Tim Butler (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) and Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass./Algonquin) were named LEC Men's and Women's Lacrosse Defensive Players of the Week.  Both individuals were instrumental in leading their teams to perfect weeks.

A 6'0", 195-pound defender, Butler (right) led a defense that allowed only 11 goals in the three Panther victories. He regularly marked the top opposing attackman in a 10-4 win Tuesday at Wentworth, a 20-3 victory over Johnson State on Wednesday, and a 7-4 LEC win Saturday over UMass Dartmouth. He anchored the PSU defense that kept UMD scoreless in all 11 man-up opportunities Saturday in a key LEC victory that clinched home-field advantage for PSU in the first round of the LEC Tournament.

The Panther men's squad finished the regular season with a 7-8 overall record, and placed fourth in the LEC with a 3-3 mark. PSU will host an LEC Tournament first-round game at Panther Field on Tuesday, May 1, against the winner of this Saturday's regular-season game between UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut.

A 5'7" midfielder, Cupoli (left) helped PSU limit its two opponents to single-digit goals, finishing the week with a team-high 12 ground balls, 12 draw controls and six caused turnovers. She collected seven ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers in Thursday's 12-8 non-conference win over Colby-Sawyer, and added five ground balls, eight draw controls and three caused turnovers in a 21-9 LEC win Saturday over UMass Dartmouth.

The Panther women's team clinched its fifth consecutive LEC regular season title with a 6-0 mark this spring, extending its perfect mark in five years of LEC regular season play (29-0). PSU has also earned the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament for the fifth straight year. Plymouth State takes a four-game winning streak into a pair of non-league games this week to wrap up the regular season - Tuesday at Springfield (7:00 p.m.) and Saturday at Bridgewater State (2:00 p.m.)

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