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May 12, 2014

Three PSU Women’s Lax players selected to All-Region Team

Field, Gleason, MacDonald represent Panthers in Pilgrim Region

             PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University women's lacrosse players were recognized with regional honors Monday as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced the Division III All-Region teams for 2014. PSU's honorees were recognized in the IWLCA's Pilgrim Region.

            Senior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) was voted to the All-Region First Team after earning Second Team honors the past two seasons, while juniors Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) and Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) received their first All-Region selections with Second Team accolades. All three Panthers were major award winners in the Little East Conference this season, helping PSU to the LEC Championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

            A three-time Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Field (#00) enjoyed another stellar season for the Panthers. She ranks second nationally this spring with a .591 save percentage after leading the nation in the category last season. She was selected LEC Goalie of the Week four times this season and was Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Defensive Player of the Week twice. Field, who was named Most Outstanding Player as PSU captured the LEC Tournament championship, completes her career with a school standard 41 victories (41-18) and a record 545 saves, posting an 8.38 goals against average and a .554 saves percentage.

            The LEC Midfielder of the Year and a three-time All-LEC selection, Gleason (#16) continued her dominance on winning draws while also contributing at both ends of the field. She led the LEC for the second year in a row with 6.59 draw controls per game, which also ranks her 17th nationally. She has collected 112 draw controls this spring, equaling the school record she set in 2012. Gleason has also upped her career total to 308 draw controls, which is just five shy of the school record held by Kelsey MacDonald (313 from 2004-07), and moves her into the top 10 all-time in Division III. Gleason also scored 35 goals this season, third-most on the team, and she was second on the team with 36 ground balls.

            MacDonald (#16) took over as PSU's scoring leader this season, earning LEC Offensive Player of the Year honors after topping the team with 68 points on 42 goals and 26 assists.  A two-time All-Conference pick, MacDonald led the LEC in assists and ranked third 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. She was also the LEC Offensive Player of the Week back in March. MacDonald heads into her senior season ranked tied for 10th on PSU's career goal scoring list with 114 goals and tied for eighth with 172 points.

            PSU finished the season with a 12-5 overall record, and a 4-2 mark in the Little East. The Panthers, under head coach Kristin Tracy, captured the Little East Conference Tournament Championship and earned its fifth appearance in the NCAA Championships, falling to Colby College in the second round.

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