Record eight Panthers named to All-Conference team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A record eight members of the Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team were honored when the Little East Conference (LEC) revealed its major award winners and all-conference teams on Thursday.
Seniors Paul Luongo (Northborough, Mass.) and Sean Peet (Glen Cove, N.Y.), junior Chuck Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) and sophomore Robert Porter (Groveland, Mass.) were all voted to the All-LEC First Team, while seniors Casey Elkins (Stow, Mass.) and Sam McCoy (Dewey Beach, Del.) and sophomores Connor Delea (Manchester, N.H.) and Blake Barbin (Rochester, N.H.) garnered All-LEC Second Team honors. The teams were selected following a vote of the league's nine head coaches. The eight honorees establishes a new program record, surpassing the six selections from the 2001 squad.
A 5-8 midfielder, Luongo earns his first postseason honor after a strong senior campaign. He finished second on the team in goals (39) and points (48) and was second in the conference with seven man-up tallies. His 39 goals also ranked tenth in the league. Three different times he established new career highs in goals scored, scoring five times and adding three assists in a win over WestConn on Mar. 30, tallying six goals in a 15-9 victory over UMass Boston on Apr. 20 and pouring in seven goals and an assist in a 21-14 win over the Beacons in the LEC Tournament semifinals on May 3.
A 6-2 defender, Peet collects his second First Team honor after also earning the recognition in 2018. He finished third on the team with 13 caused turnovers and was fourth with 33 ground balls. He scooped up five ground balls and added a pair of caused turnovers on two separate occasions – in a Mar. 9 setback at Lasell, and in the regular season win over UMass Boston. He helped anchor a Plymouth State defense that allowed just 81 goals in conference play – the third fewest in the league – and a 10.13 goals against average in LEC contests.
A 5-8 long stick midfielder, Harrington was a two-time LEC Defensive Player of the Week. He led the conference with 107 ground balls and was second in the league with 37 caused turnovers. He was particularly good during the week of Mar. 25 when he posted back-to-back games with double-digit ground balls. He scooped up 10 ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers in a setback at Clark on Mar. 27, then grabbed a career-high 12 ground balls and matched a personal best with five caused turnovers in a one-goal win over WestConn on Mar. 30.
A 5-9 goalie, Porter was impressive in the cage after taking over during the WestConn game. The Panthers trailed 8-4 late in the second quarter, but rallied behind Porter for a 15-14 win. PSU, which had started the year with a 1-4 mark, went 7-4 the rest of the way. He led the LEC with a 57.1% save percentage, was second in the conference with a .636 winning percentage and fourth in the league with an 11.40 goals against average. He made at least ten saves in eight of his ten starts, including a career-high 22 in a loss to Keene State on Apr. 18.
Delea, a 5-9 attacker, was the league's top goal-scorer with 55 tallies on the year. He added 14 assists to finish fourth in the league with 69 points, and his three man-up goals were the second most on the team. Delea scored in 14 of 16 games, and had three or more goals on 12 separate occasions. He caught fire midway through the year, scoring 26 goals over a five-game stretch, and matched career-highs with six goals and eight points in the semifinal win over UMass Boston.
A 6-3 midfielder, Elkins provided PSU with a third scoring option while also contributing on the defensive side and face offs. He finished in the top-20 of the LEC in goals (26), assists (17) and points (43), was third on the team with 35 ground balls and led the Panthers in faceoff percentage (.436) after winning 41-of-94 draws. Elkins notched a career-high five goals and added an assist in a narrow 14-11 setback at Wheaton on Mar. 20.
Barbin, a 5-9 defenseman, started all 16 games for the Panthers. He was second on the team with 16 caused turnovers, a mark that was among the top-30 in the league. He opened the season strong, picking up four ground balls and forcing two turnovers in a season-opening win at the University of New England, while his three caused turnovers in an Apr. 23 win over Castleton were a career high.
McCoy, a 5-11 short stick midfielder, earned Second Team accolades for the second straight year. The former LEC Rookie of the Year caused ten turnovers, fourth-most on the team, and finished the year with 47 ground balls. He established a new career-high when he grabbed eight in the Apr. 27 win over UMass Dartmouth.
Under 11th-year head coach Gordon Webb, Plymouth State ended the year with an 8-8 mark while going 6-2 in LEC play. The six conference wins established a new program high and were good enough to finish second in the regular season standings, matching a program best. PSU entered the LEC Tournament as the second seed and topped UMass Boston in the semifinal round to advance to the title game for the second time in program history, but fell to Keene State in the championship game.
A complete list of the major award winners and all-conference teams is available at the Little East website, www.littleeast.com.
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