Swanson, Field, McNabb represent Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three of the all-stars on the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team received regional recognition Friday for their outstanding play during the 2012 season.
Junior midfielder Caitlin Swanson, sophomore goalie Lorin Field, and freshman attack woman Meghan McNabb were named Pilgrim Region Second Team All-Stars by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). Swanson is an All-Region selection for the second straight season while the other two are first-time All-Region honorees.
Swanson had another outstanding season for the Panthers, earning Little East Conference Midfielder of the Year and First Team All-LEC honors. She was one of the top scorers in the conference with 39 goals, eight assists and 47 points, and she also contributed outstanding two-way play in the midfield with 46 draw controls and 34 ground balls. Swanson has scored 84 goals with 20 assists over the past two seasons, with 72 draw controls and 59 ground balls.
Field was the backbone of the LEC's top-ranked defense and was named LEC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-LEC. She led the conference in save percentage (.535) and goals against average (8.05), ranking ninth in the NCAA Division III in save percentage and 17th in goals against average. Field, who posted a record of 13-2 with 13 straight victories, recorded double-digit saves in six games this spring, including four straight LEC contests late in the season.
McNabb enjoyed a terrific first year in a Panther uniform, earning LEC Rookie of the Year and First Team All-LEC honors. She was a key player in the PSU offense that led the LEC and ranked sixth in the NCAA Division III in scoring offense (16.7 goals per game). McNabb recorded 41 goals and 44 assists for 85 points, leading the conference in assists and points per game and ranking seventh nationally in assists and 17th in points. She blew away the previous PSU single-season record for assists (32), and her 85 points is the fourth-highest single-season total in school history.
These three were among the key players that helped PSU to their second LEC regular season title in three years as the Panthers went undefeated in conference play (6-0). After the season-opening non-conference loss at Springfield, the Panthers to 13 straight victories before being upset by Western Connecticut in the semifinals of the LEC Tournament.
PSU has had several All-Region selections in the past decade. This year's group joins Kalie Judd, who was a Second Team choice in 2010, Kelsey MacDonald and Nicole Evans, who were Second Team selections in 2006 and Katie Sheridan, who was a three-time All-Region choice from 2002-04.
The complete All-Region Team is available on the IWLCA website.
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