PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse All-Star Team was announced on Monday, and seven Plymouth State University players were on either the First or Second Team, and PSU was also the recipient of three of the four major honors.
Seniors Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) and Carmen Villanueva (East Schodack, N.Y.) earned the top annual honors, Sheridan being named LEC Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight season and Villanueva the Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. PSU head coach Wynne Lobel was voted the LEC Coach of the Year for the third year in a row.
Joining Sheridan and Villanueva on the All-LEC First Team for PSU were senior midfielder Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.), sophomore attack Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.), and sophomore defender Meghan O'Neil (Scituate, Mass.). Representing Plymouth State on the All-LEC Second Team were sophomore attack Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) and freshman defender Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.).
The two co-captains, Sheridan and Norton (left) anchor the Panthers from the midfield and are two of the top scorers in school history. Sheridan is one of the nation's scoring leaders this season with 98 points (73 goals, 25 assists), and is one of Division III's all-time scoring leaders with 264 career goals and 350 career points. Norton is third on the team in scoring this year with 35 goals and 51 points, and ranks fourth on PSU's all-time scoring list with 112 goals and 174 points.
Villanueva (right) picked up from where she left off last season, when she first earned the LEC's top defensive honor. She is among the NCAA leaders this spring with a 6.17 goals against average and a .627 saves percentage, and has improved her career record to 38-4.
Brown, the 2003 LEC Rookie of the Year, continued her offensive accomplishments this season. After scoring 46 goals and 61 points last season, she has 45 goals and 64 point this spring. She ranks sixth in the conference in goals, and seventh in points. Evans, who joined the team this year after transferring from the University of New Hampshire, provided strong offensive support with 26 goals and 18 assists. She also picked up 64 ground balls, second-most of the team.
O'Neil and Spadafora anchored a stingy Panther defense that is among the national leaders with just over six goals allowed per game. PSU allowed only three teams to score in double figures all season.
(From left, Bethany Brown, Megan O'Neil, Nicole Evans, Amanda Spadafora)
The undefeated Panthers (16-0), which captured their third straight LEC regular season and tournament championships, have qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third time in five years. PSU received a first-round bye, and will face Ithaca College (12-4) this Saturday in a regional semifinal at Amherst, Mass.
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