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April 16, 2012

Little East honors for PSU Women’s Lacrosse players

Gleason and Connerty represent Panthers on weekly report

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two freshmen on the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team are the latest student-athletes to be recognized by the Little East Conference as they were selected Monday to receive LEC weekly honors.

            Freshman Molly Gleason was selected LEC Defensive Player of the Week and classmate Shannon Connerty was named Little East Rookie of the Week.  Gleason was honored by the LEC for the second time this season while Connerty was a first-time selection.

   
  Gleason Connerty
     

            PSU posted a 2-0 record for the fourth straight week, extending its winning streak to nine games and improving to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Panthers defeated Framingham State Thursday in a non-conference affair, 20-7, and upended five-time defending regular season conference champion Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday, 13-8.

            A first-year midfielder, Gleason helped anchor a PSU defense that allowed an average of 7.5 goals per game, holding opponents to single-digit goals for the eighth and ninth straight games. Gleason controlled the midfield, collecting 19 draw controls in the two games along with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.  She had seven draw controls, two ground balls and both caused turnovers in PSU's big LEC win at Eastern Conn.

            A freshman attack woman, Connerty led the potent PSU offense with 12 goals and two assists in the 2-0 week.  She tallied a season-high seven goals and nine points in Thursday's win at Framingham State, and scored a team-high five goals in the triumph at Eastern Conn.

            Both Gleason and Connerty rank highly among the LEC statistical leaders.  Gleason leads the conference in draw controls per game (6.6) while Connerty ranks second in goals per game (3.5), third in points per game (4.6), and tied for ninth in assists per game (1.1).  Gleason is also ranked 11th in the NCAA Division III national statistical rankings.

            As a team, Plymouth State is ranked third nationally in scoring offense with 18.1 goals per game, and 12th in scoring defense, allowing just 7.4 goals per game.

            PSU plays a pivotal LEC game Tuesday at Arold Field (4:00 p.m.) against rival Keene State College, the last two unbeatens in conference play. The winner will be in the driver's seat for the regular season conference title. 

WEEKLY HONORS:  Here are the Panthers who have received weekly honors this season:

 Mar. 12 Meghan McNabb (LEC Rookie/Week)
 Mar. 19 Kristen Guest (LEC Def. Player/Week); Meghan McNabb (LEC Rookie/Week)
 Mar. 20 Kristen Guest (ECAC New England Def. Player/Week)
 Mar. 26 Molly Gleason (LEC Def. Player/Week)
 Mar. 27 Molly Gleason (ECAC New England Def. Player/Week)
 Apr. 2 Meghan McNabb (LEC Off. Player/Week); Amy MacDonald (LEC Rookie/Week)
 Apr. 9 Kristen Guest (LEC Def. Player/Week); Lorin Field (LEC Goalie/Week);
            Meghan McNabb (LEC Off. Player/Week)
 Apr. 16 Molly Gleason (LEC Def. Player/Week); Shannon Connerty (LEC Rookie/Week) 

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