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PSU Women’s Lacrosse star named LEC Defensive Player of the Week

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the standouts on the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team was recognized by the Little East Conference Monday for her efforts in a pair of Panther victories last week, the final week of the regular season.

Senior Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) was named Little East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. She helped the Panthers to a pair of victories last week, a 16-4 LEC decision over Southern Maine on Thursday and a 17-5 non-conference triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

A senior midfielder, MacDonald (left) led the Panthers as the team allowed only nine goals in the two games. She backboned PSU against Southern Maine, registering seven caused turnovers, four draw controls, and five ground balls as the Panthers were without four starters. She led the team in Saturday's win over Bridgewater State, finishing with 10 draw controls (her third double-digit effort this season), five caused turnovers and four ground balls as the Panthers held the Bears scoreless in the second half.

The LEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 and the Defensive Player of the Year in 2006, MacDonald is again one of the top all-around players in the conference. She leads the LEC in ground balls (4.67 per game), draw controls (5.53 per game) and caused turnovers (2.87 per game) for the Panther defense, and ranks fourth in goals (2.60 per game), 10th in assists (0.93 per game) and fifth in points (3.53 per game) for the Panther offense.

MacDonald also ranks second in the nation in Division III in draw controls, ninth in ground balls and 11th in caused turnovers.

PSU will begin defense of its LEC Tournament championship this Thursday with a semifinal game at Arold Field in Plymouth.

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