McNabb, Field named Players of the Year to headline list
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team was prominently featured Tuesday when the Little East Conference (LEC) announced its major award recipients and All-Conference Team for the 2013 season.
Two Panthers were voted as the LEC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, and the All-LEC First Team included five PSU players, with an additional Panther on the Second Team.
The major award winners from PSU are junior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline), who was named LEC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, and sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.), who was voted LEC Offensive Player of the Year after earning LEC Rookie of the Year accolades last spring.
Field and McNabb were joined on the All-LEC First Team by senior midfielder Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H./Plymouth Regional), senior defender Kristen Guest (Sandwich, Mass.), and sophomore attack Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) Swanson and Guest are two-time First Team selections, and Swanson was also a Second Team choice in 2011, while MacDonald is honored for the first time.
Sophomore midfielder Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) also represented PSU on the All-LEC Team for the second year in a row, earning Second Team honors this year. All of the LEC post-season honors are voted on by the league's head coaches.
PSU led the Little East and ranked 11th in the NCAA Division III national statistics in scoring defense, allowing just 6.7 goals per game, and also topped the conference in caused turnovers (11.1 per game). That was in large part due to the play of Field in goal and Guest on defense. Field leads the nation in save percentage (.569) and ranks 13th in goals against average (7.30), topping the LEC in both categories. Guest anchored the Panther defensive unit, leading the team in ground balls (43) and ranking second in the conference in caused turnovers (2.13 per game).
Swanson and Gleason gave PSU two All-Conference players in the midfield. Swanson was outstanding on both ends of the field, contributing to the offense with a team-high 38 goals (10th in the LEC) and 44 points while helping out the defense with 35 ground balls, 32 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers. Gleason continued her extraordinary knack for winning draws, collecting a conference-leading 84 draw controls this spring. She has 196 draw controls in just two years, ranking third on PSU's all-time list.
McNabb and MacDonald gave PSU an outstanding 1-2 punch on offense this spring, as the Panthers led the conference with an average of 14 goals a game. McNabb posted a team-high 63 points on 32 goals and 31 assists, while MacDonald contributed 58 points on 36 goals and 22 assists. They both ranked in the top three in the LEC in assists, and they were fifth and 10th, respectively in points.
The All-LEC honors came following PSU's outstanding season under head coach Kristin Blanchette, which included a second straight LEC regular season title with a 6-0 conference record and a final mark of 12-3. The Panthers were upset in the LEC Tournament semifinals for the second year in a row.
The complete All-LEC Team is available at LittleEast.com.
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