PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team collected a host of honors Tuesday when the Little East Conference announced its annual All-Star team and award winners for the 2007 season, as voted by the league's head coaches.
PSU received one of the four top annual awards as senior midfielder Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) was named LEC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. In addition, MacDonald was joined on the All-LEC First Team by senior midfielder Annie Pinault (Framingham, Mass.) and junior defender Steph Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) Rounding out PSU's list of honorees are two Second Team picks - senior attack Liz Boddy (Brentwood, N.H.) and junior defender Jackie Connerty (Nashua, N.H.)
MacDonald (right) received her third straight Player of the Year Award, having earned the top Offensive Player honor two years ago and the defensive award for the first time last season. The 5'3" midfielder ranks second in the nation in Division III in draw controls (5.53 per game), ninth in ground balls (4.67 per game) and 11th in caused turnovers (2.87 per game), leading the LEC in all three categories. She is also among the LEC scoring leaders with 46 goals, 16 assists and 62 points. MacDonald is among PSU's career scoring leaders with 151 goals, 54 assists and 205 points, becoming the fourth player in school history to reach the 200-point milestone.
Pinault (far left) earned her first All-LEC honor this spring as she leads the team in scoring with 51 goals, 19 assists and 70 points. She was among the conference's offensive leaders, ranking third in goals and points and fifth in assists. A two-time LEC Offensive Player of the Week this spring, Pinault had a breakout season in 2007 after scoring 62 goals and 30 assists her first three years combined.
Boddy (left) was also a solid contributor to the PSU offense, registering 19 goals, 10 assist and 29 points. It was Boddy's first career All-Conference selection.
Blanchette (right) and Connerty (far right) helped anchor a Panther defense that allowed just over seven goals per game, holding 12 of its 17 opponents to single-digits in the goals department. They were fourth and fifth on the team in ground balls with 42 and 30, respectively, and they each caused 24 opponent turnovers, tied for fourth on the team.
The Panthers, 12-5 overall, are headed to the post-season for the eighth straight season, hosting the ECAC Division III New England Tournament this weekend at Arold Field.
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