Tingley, Zuccaro, Foote all honored for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University women's lacrosse players won three of the four Little East Conference (LEC) weekly awards after the Panthers won twice to secure the program's record tenth regular season title last week.
Senior Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while junior Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) was honored with Defensive Player of the Week recognition. Additionally, senior Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) earned Goalie of the Week honors.
Tingley had a huge week as the Panthers locked up the top seed for this week's LEC Tournament, notching eight points in each of PSU's two games. She opened the week with a five-goal, three-assist effort as Plymouth topped the University of Southern Maine, 19-13. She finished the game 3-of-3 in free position attempts. On Thursday, she scored a pair of goals while assisting on six others to lead the Panthers to a commanding, 19-5 win over Keene State College. She added four ground balls in the win. This is her third Offensive Player of the Week award.
Zuccaro totaled 14 ground balls, three draw controls and five caused turnovers while helping anchor a defense that allowed just nine goals a game. In the win over Southern Maine she grabbed four ground balls, two draw controls and four caused turnovers while chipping in on the offensive side with three goals and an assist. In the season finale against Keene she led all players with a game-high ten ground balls to go with one draw control and one caused turnover. She added a pair of goals and an assist. It is her second Defensive Player of the Week award.
Foote went 2-0 in goal with a 9.00 goals against average and 16 total saves to help lead the Panthers to the regular season title. She had six saves in the win over the Huskies, before stopping ten shots and posting a 66.7% save percentage in the win over Keene. She added seven ground balls against the Owls, helping the Panthers post their ninth undefeated LEC season since the conference first sponsored women's lacrosse in 2002. It is Foote's second Goalie of the Week selection.
As the top seed for the LEC Tournament the Panthers will receive a first round bye and host a semifinal game on Thursday at Arold Field. PSU will face the winner of fourth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and fifth-seeded University of Southern Maine at 4:00 p.m. With a win the Panthers would host the championship game on Saturday with game time yet to be determined.
PSU will be playing for its seventh tournament championship and has made appearances in each of the last four championship games, winning the title in 2014 and 2017.
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