Sullivan, Tingley, Zuccaro, Dale on First Team; Brault, Vonachen on Second Team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team was represented by six All-Stars Tuesday when the Little East Conference (LEC) announced its All-Conference Team for the 2017 season.
Juniors Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) and Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.), sophomore Kimmie Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex Regional) and senior Becky Dale (Keene, N.H.) were named to the All-LEC First Team, and seniors Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) and Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) were Second Team honorees. Vonachen is a three-time All-LEC selection, while Tingley and Brault were recognized for the second time and Sullivan, Zuccaro and Dale are first-time picks. All of the LEC post-season honors are voted on by the league's head coaches.
The All-conference team was announced as PSU, 11-3, prepares for its appearance in an NCAA Division III post-season game Saturday at defending national champion Middlebury College. Led by first-year coach Sandy Bridgeman, the Panthers captured their sixth LEC Championship last Saturday with an upset victory at top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University.
A three-year veteran and two-year starter for PSU, Sullivan has scored more than 50 goals for the second year in a row, just the second player in school history to achieve that feat. She has scored a team-high 53 goals this spring, fourth-most in the Little East, and ranks ninth in the conference with 61 points. A two-time LEC Offensive Player of the Week this spring, Sullivan was also named Most Outstanding Player in the Little East Conference Tournament.
A three-year starter at midfield, Tingley continues to be one of the top all-around players in the conference. She filled up the stat sheet in just about every game, finishing with a team-high 68 points on 29 goals and 39 assists, 59 draw controls, 25 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers. In the Little East statistics rankings, Tingley leads the conference in assists and draw controls per game and ranks second in points per game. Her totals are also ranked 13th nationally in assists per game. Tingley was a two-time LEC Player of the Week this season.
Tingley continues to move up in the PSU record books, setting the career assist mark (94) earlier this season and moving to seventh on the all-time scoring list with 196 points (90c, 106a). She is also sixth on PSU's career list for draw controls (135).
A two-year starter at midfield, Zuccaro has already made an impact for the Panthers in her second season. She leads the team with 38 ground balls, ranks second with 38 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers, and is fourth on the team in scoring with 27 points (21g, 6a). Zuccaro is ranked in the top 10 in the LEC in draw controls and ranks 15th in ground balls.
A four-year veteran and three-year starter on defense for PSU, Dale helped the Panthers lead the conference in defense, allowing just 7.43 goals per game, and keeping opponents to single digits in nine of the team's 14 games. Dale was second on the team with 27 ground balls and fifth with 12 caused turnovers. She scored her first and only career goal last month in a win at the University of Southern Maine.
A four-year starter at midfield and two-year co-captain, Vonachen contributes to the Panthers on both ends of the field. She is third on the team in both draw controls (15) and scoring (22g, 6a, 28 pts), while helping shut down opponents in the Panther defensive zone. Vonachen has been an outstanding contributor to the team for four years, as evidence by her career totals; she ranks sixth all-time with 154 goals, eighth with 185 points, and 10th with 102 draw controls.
A four-year veteran and two-year starter, Brault ranks second in the LEC with a 7.79 goals against average and ranks third with a .492 save percentage. Brault made double-digit saves three times, including a big conference win over defending champion Keene State College when she made a season-high 14 stops. Brault was also third on the team with 26 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Brault was also named LEC Goalie of the Week twice this spring.
The complete All-LEC Team is available at LittleEast.com.
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