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March 24, 2014

PSU Lacrosse players honored by Little East Conference

Kutz, Lee tabbed for Panther men; Field, MacDonald, Vonachen for Panther women

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Student-athletes from the Plymouth State University men's and women's lacrosse teams were recognized Monday with weekly recognition from the Little East Conference (LEC) following their performances in Panther spring sports action last week.

            Senior Jesse Kutz (Hopkinton, Mass.) was named LEC Men's Lacrosse Goalie of the Week, and freshman Brandon Lee (Canton, Mich./Salem) was selected LEC Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week. Kutz was recognized for the second time in his career, while Lee received the same honors for the second week in a row.

            On the women's side, senior Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) was named LEC Goalie of the Week; junior Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) was selected LEC Offensive Player of the Week; and freshman Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) was tabbed the LEC Rookie of the Week. Field and MacDonald have been multiple-time recipients of weekly honors in their careers, while Vonachen is a first-time selection.

            Kutz and Lee backboned the Panther men to a 12-5 victory at Massachusetts Maritime in their only game last week.  Kutz made eight saves in just over 53 minutes of action while allowing just three goals to the Mariners. Lee continued to control the center X for the Panthers, winning 12 of 14 face-offs and picking up eight ground balls.

            Both Panther men are ranked highly in the LEC statistics. Lee tops the conference in face-off percentage (76.0) and ground balls (8.0 per game) and ranks in the top 10 nationally in face-off percentage. Kutz ranks third among LEC starters in goals against average (9.01) and fourth in save percentage (54.4).

            Field posted a 2-0 record for the PSU women last week with a 6.45 goals against average and a .586 save percentage on the team's southern trip.  She made seven saves in a win over Ferrum (Va.) and stopped 10 shots in a victory over Meredith (N.C.) Field also registered four caused turnovers and picked up a ground ball against Ferrum and tallied five ground balls and two caused turnovers vs. Meredith.

            MacDonald and Vonachen sparked the offense for the Panther women, combining for 16 goals and six assists in the two wins.  MacDonald tallied three goals and three assists in the victory over Ferrum and notched four goals and set up three others in the triumph over Meredith, while Vonachen scored four times against Ferrum and five times vs. Meredith.

            The Panther women are also highly ranked among the LEC leaders. MacDonald tops the conference with 2.75 assists per game and ranks second with 5.5 points per game, while Vonachen is ninth with 2.75 points per outing. The two Panthers are tied for seventh with 2.75 goals per game. Field is second in the Little East in goals against average (9.05) and third in save percentage (.500).

            The PSU men, 2-1 overall, are slated to resume action Wednesday at Saint Joseph's College (Maine) while the PSU women, 2-2, are scheduled to play Thursday at Castleton State College.

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