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PSU Lacrosse players earn Player of the Week honors

Hayes, McInerney, Buckle, Regan all represent Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four Plymouth State University lacrosse players, two from the men’s team and two from the women’s, received top weekly honors from the Little East Conference Monday for their performances in Panther contests last week.

            Senior Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) was named LEC Men’s Lacrosse Goalie of the Week, while sophomore Paul McInerney (Scituate, Mass.) was chosen LEC Defensive Player of the Week.  On the women’s side, junior Nora Regan (West Hartford, Conn./Northwest Catholic) was named the LEC Defensive Player of the Week, and freshman Emily Buckle (Danbury, Conn.) was tabbed LEC Rookie of the Week.  They were all instrumental in PSU winning the LEC openers last Saturday for both men and women.

  Kevin Hayes Paul McInerney

            A senior goalie, Hayes led PSU to a 5-2 victory over Western Connecticut in his only appearance of the week, allowing only two goals and making 12 saves.  The two goals surrendered were the fewest in a game in Hayes’ career and the fewest allowed by PSU in a game since 2006.  McInerney, a sophomore defender, anchored the PSU defense that allowed only 15 goals in a 1-1 week.  He also picked up three ground balls, two against WestConn and one in a 13-7 loss Wednesday at Clark.

            Hayes and McInerney helped PSU shut down WestConn’s leading scorer and the second-leading scorer in the LEC, keeping Sean Macey off the scoresheet.

Nora Regan  Emily Buckle

            A junior defender, Regan anchored the defense for the PSU women that allowed only five goals in its only LEC game, a 12-5 road win Saturday over Rhode Island College.  She picked up four ground balls and caused one turnover in the victory, and helped PSU keep RIC’s Nicky Drolet, one of the LEC’s top scorers, off the scoresheet.

            A freshman midfielder, Buckle recorded 10 points in PSU’s 1-2 week, scoring six goals and assisting on four others.  She also picked up six ground balls and three draw controls.  Buckle tallied a goal and two assists in Tuesday’s 8-7 loss at Fitchburg State; scored a team-high four goals and picked up five ground balls in Thursday’s 15-9 loss at Springfield; and notched a goal and two assists in the 13-5 LEC road win Saturday at Rhode Island College.

            The Panther squads continue with early season road games this week while Mother Nature tries to dry out the fields in Plymouth.  The men’s team visits Curry College Thursday for a non-conference game before going to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday for an LEC affair.  The women play a Little East clash Friday at UMass Dartmouth, sandwiched between non-conference games Wednesday at Worcester State and Sunday at Thomas College. 

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