MacDonald, Field, Gleason named Players of the Year to headline list; Fistori also honored
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – It was a good day for the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team Wednesday when the Little East Conference (LEC) announced its major award recipients and All-Conference Team for the 2014 season.
Four Panthers were voted to the All-LEC First Team, with three of them earning major Player of the Year accolades. The honors come on the eve of Plymouth State's appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship Tournament. All of the LEC post-season honors are voted on by the league's head coaches.
Senior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) headlines the list with her third straight LEC Defensive Player of the Year award and All-LEC First Team selection, while juniors Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) and Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) were voted LEC Offensive Player and Midfielder of the Year and First Team All-Star, respectively. Junior defender Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass./Arlington Catholic) rounded out the list of Panther honors with her first All-LEC First Team selection.
Field has enjoyed another outstanding season for the Panthers, leading the LEC in goals against average (7.84) and save percentage (.597). Field led the nation last season in save percentage and ranks fourth nationally this spring. She was selected LEC Goalie of the Week four times this season and was also named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Defensive Player of the Week Wednesday for the second time this year. Field was also named Most Outstanding Player last Sunday as PSU captured the LEC Tournament championship.
MacDonald took over as PSU's scoring leader this season, and currently tops the team with 66 points on 40 goals and 26 assists. An All-Conference pick for the second straight season, MacDonald leads the conference in assists and ranks second in points and eighth in goals. Her six assists in a triumph over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is tied for second for the most assists in a game in school history, and her 26 assists in tied for sixth-most in a season. She was also the LEC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the team to a pair of wins back in March.
A three-time All-LEC selection, Gleason continued her dominance on winning draws while also contributing at both ends of the field. She leads the LEC for the second year in a row with 6.88 draw controls per game, which also ranks her 11th nationally. She has collected 110 draw controls this spring, just two behind her school-record 112 last year. Gleason has also scored 35 goals, which ranks her ninth in the LEC, and she is second on the team with 36 ground balls and third on the team with16 caused turnovers and 41 total points.
Fistori has helped anchor a PSU defense that leads the league with a 7.95 team goals against average and also tops the conference with 14.69 draw controls per game. Fistori often was responsible for marking the top opposing attackers; she is second on the team with 49 draw controls and 17 caused turnovers, and she has collected 21 ground balls, seventh-best on the team.
PSU takes a 12-4 overall record into this Saturday's NCAA Second Round contest at Colby College in Waterville, Maine (1:00 p.m.). The Panthers, under head coach Kristin Tracy, captured the Little East Conference Tournament Championship last Sunday, upsetting top-seeded Keene State College on its home turf to claim its fifth LEC title in school history.
The complete All-LEC Team is available at LittleEast.com.
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