Senior Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) was named LEC Softball Pitcher of the Week, and sophomore Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) was selected LEC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week. Neither Panther standout is a stranger to the weekly honors, as Jeffs earned the top weekly pitching honor for the seventh time in her career, while MacDonald received the Offensive Player of the Week award for the second time in three weeks.
A starting pitcher, Jeffs posted a 3-0 record with two shutouts
and a 0.37 ERA in three appearances last week, helping PSU pick up
three key LEC victories. She tossed a one-hit shutout over Keene
State (0 walks, 8 strikeouts) on Tuesday, blanked league-leading
Rhode Island College on six hits and a walk (4 K's) on Friday, and
wrapped up the week with a defeat of UMass Boston on Saturday,
allowing only one earned run one four hits (0 walks, 3 K's). For
the week, she registered 19 innings, 11 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1
walk, and 22 K's.
Jeffs continues her assault on the NCAA Division III career record book. She is now second all-time in strikeouts (1,079), tied for 10th in shutouts (37) and 14th in innings pitched (701). Jeffs will also most likely finish her career in the top 10 in earned run average (0.88) and strikeouts per seven innings (10.8).
A starting midfielder, MacDonald tallied 14 points on nine goals
and five assists as the Panthers went 3-0 last week and finished
off a perfect conference regular season (6-0). She also tallied 22
ground balls and 14 draw controls. MacDonald scored twice and added
six ground balls and three draw controls in a 7-5 victory over
Springfield on Tuesday. She then tallied two goals and two assists
along with nine ground balls and five draw controls in PSU's 20-8
win over Bridgewater State on Saturday. MacDonald finished the week
Sunday by scoring five goals with three assists, seven ground balls
and six draw controls in a 15-10 victory over Southern Maine.
MacDonald, who leads the Panthers in scoring with 45 points (29 goals, 16 assists), ranks among the LEC individuals leaders in every category for field players -- eighth in goals per game (2.23), fourth in assists per game (1.23), fifth in points per game (3.46), first in game-winning goals (4), third in ground balls per game (4.62), third in caused turnovers per game (2.23), and second in draw controls per game (4.77).
Both Panther teams are headed into LEC Tournaments this week. The softball team will be the sixth seed and compete in the double-elimination tourney beginning Thursday (site, time and opponent are TBA). The women's lax team has earned the top seed, a first round bye, and will host the semifinals and championship game Friday and Saturday at Arold Field.
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