PLYMOUTH, N.H. - On the strength of three straight victories during a spring trip to Florida, the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team swept the first round of weekly honors from the Little East Conference.
Seniors Annie Pinault (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) were named LEC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, and freshman Taylor Cambal (West Yarmouth, Mass.) was selected LEC Rookie of the Week. They have been the leaders on a Panther squad that is off to a 3-1 start to the season.
A senior attacker, Pinault (right) recorded 22 points in PSU's first four games on 12 goals and 10 assists. She tallied four goals and three assists in PSU's 18-10 season-opening loss to Babson, added four goals and one assist in an 18-4 win over Allegheny, a goal and three assists in a 13-2 victory over Franklin Pierce, and she wrapped up the week with three goals and three assists in a 16-5 triumph over SUNY Fredonia. She was credited with the game-winning goals in the Allegheny and Franklin Pierce games, and she also recorded three ground balls, seven draw controls, and three caused turnovers.
A senior midfielder, MacDonald (left) helped control the midfield as PSU limited its last three opponents (Allegheny, Franklin Pierce and SUNY Fredonia) to a total of 50 shots combined. In four games MacDonald collected 28 draw controls and 20 grounds balls while causing nine turnovers. She has also contributed offensively with 13 goals and four assists.
A freshman attacker, Cambal (right) registered eight goals in PSU's first four games. She tallied one goal in PSU's season-opening loss to Babson, added three goals in the win over Allegheny, and two goals each in victories over Franklin Pierce and SUNY Fredonia. Cambal also collected three ground balls and three draw controls.
PSU plays a pair of road games this week back in New England - Tuesday at Springfield College (7:00 p.m.) and Friday at Little East Conference opponent Western Connecticut State University (5:00 p.m.) Both contests were originally scheduled as Panther home games but were moved due to field conditions.
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