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May 1, 2000

Weekly NEWLA honors for PSC Women's Lax players

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two of the top members of the Plymouth State College women's lacrosse team have been honored by the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance for their performances in PSC's last week of the regular season.

Senior Faith Wahlen (Hampstead, NH) was selected NEWLA Offensive Player of the Week, and classmate Jess Shapiro (Windsor Locks, Conn.) earned NEWLA Honorable Mention. The two were instrumental in PSC going 3-0 last week to finish up the regular season with a six-game winning streak.

A senior midfielder, Wahlen led PSC in scoring with 10 goals and five assists in the three games. She scored four goals and two assists in a win over Castleton, added five goals and three assists in a victory over Salem State, and finished off the week with one goal in limited action in a triumph over Endicott. Wahlen, who shares the team scoring lead with 48 points (30g, 18a), also registered 15 ground balls, seven caused turnovers, and two draw controls.

A senior defender, Shapiro led a PSC defense that allowed only eight goals in three games, all conference wins. She recorded a team-high 19 ground balls, two caused turnovers and three draw controls. Shapiro also added a little offense to her game, scoring three goals and an assist.

Plymouth State completed the regular season at 12-3 overall and 7-0 in the Northern Division of NEWLA. PSC is 20-1 in divisional games in the three years of NEWLA, with three regular season titles.

The Panthers will be the top seed in the division in the NEWLA Tournament, and will host fourth-seeded Endicott College in the opening round on Tuesday at Arold Field (4 p.m.). Second seed University of New England hosts third seed New England College in the other divisional semi-final Tuesday, with the two winners to meet Thursday at the site of the higher remaining seed for the divisional crown.

The NEWLA Championship game, matching the Northern and Southern Division winners, is slated for Saturday at the site of the Northern Division winner. The NEWLA champion receives an automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Championship Tournament.

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