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PSU Women’s Lacrosse standout receives top LEC weekly honor

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the top players on the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team was recognized by the Little East Conference Monday for her standout performance in three Panther games last week, her second straight recognition by the LEC.

            Junior Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) was named LEC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.  A superb all-around player, MacDonald was named LEC Offensive Player of the Week seven days ago.

A 5'3" midfielder, MacDonald (right) collected 22 ground balls, 18 draw controls and eight caused turnovers in three games as PSU went 2-1 for the week (2-0 in LEC games) with the only loss at #7-ranked Colby. She helped PSU limit its two LEC opponents to single-digit goals (9 for Keene State, 6 for Rhode Island College).

MacDonald finished with four ground balls, 11 draw controls and two caused turnovers in Tuesday's 24-15 loss at Colby; added 12 ground balls, five draw controls and five caused turnovers in a key 16-9 win Thursday over Keene State, and finished the week with six ground balls, two draw controls and one caused turnover Saturday in PSU's 17-6 LEC at Rhode Island College. She also scored a team-high seven points in the loss at Colby on five goals and two assists.

            The 2005 LEC Offensive Player of the Year, MacDonald has continued her outstanding play this season for the Panthers.  She leads the Little East in draw controls (4.67 per game) and ranks second in ground balls (5.08 per game).  MacDonald is also fourth on the team in overall scoring with 28 points (21 goals, seven assists.)

            The Panthers, 7-5 overall and 5-0 in the LEC, play their final regular season home games this week - Thursday against non-conference foe Colby-Sawyer (4:00 p.m.) and Saturday against LEC opponent UMass Dartmouth (1:00 p.m.) 

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