Panthers win four of five major awards
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Little East Conference (LEC) Women's Lacrosse All-Conference teams and major awards were announced on Tuesday following a vote of the league's head coaches. LEC regular season and tournament champion Plymouth State University was well-represented, with six league All-Stars and four major award winners.
Senior attacker Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while senior goalie Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Junior midfielder Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) was selected as the Midfielder of the Year and second-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman took home Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to a 14-3 mark and second-straight LEC Tournament championship.
Tingley, senior Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.), sophomore Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) and Zuccaro were all selected to the All-LEC First Team, while Foote and freshman Faye Brown (Londonderry, N.H.) were voted to the Second Team.
Tingley, a four-time Offensive Player of the Week honoree, led the LEC in scoring with 97 points on 55 goals (fifth) and 42 assists (second). The co-captain also registered 44 draw controls, 31 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers. A three-time first-team all-conference selection, Tingley becomes the sixth Panther to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors since the award started in 2002. The program's all-time assists leader (149) is also second in career points (294) and set the school record for assists in a game (8) and points in a game (11) during PSU's 19-8 win over Eastern Connecticut State University in the LEC Championship game last Saturday.
Foote has posted a 13-3 record with a 9.99 goals against average and 138 total saves this season. She leads the LEC in goals against average, wins and winning percentage (.813) and her 49.1% save percentage is the second best in the league. She also finished the LEC schedule in the top ten in ground balls with 51. Foote, a three-time Goalie of the Week selection this spring, becomes the sixth Plymouth State player to earn Defensive Player of the Year recognition.
Zuccaro has done it all for the Panthers, providing 21 goals, 62 ground balls, 51 draw controls and 33 caused turnovers for PSU. She is second in the league in caused turnovers and third in ground balls and becomes the fourth Panther to earn Midfielder of the Year recognition since the award was established in 2011. The two-time Defensive Player of the Week earned First Team honors for the second straight year.
Sullivan is also a back-to-back First Team selection. She becomes just the second player in program history to record three 50-goal season after leading the league with 57 tallies to date. She also ranks in the top ten in the LEC with 73 points (sixth) and 16 assists (ninth). The co-captain was a two-time Player of the Week selection and is currently fourth all-time in career goals (163) and eighth in program history with 194 career points.
Dubois was voted to the First Team after her first season at Plymouth State. The Mercyhurst University transfer provided all-around strong play, finishing in the top-20 in the LEC in nearly every statistical category. She was seventh in caused turnovers (28), 11th in draw controls (57), 16th in goals (34) and ground balls (40), 17th in assists (10) and 18th in points (44). She notched a career-high six goals to spark PSU in the championship game.
Brown was the only freshman among the 24 All-LEC honorees. She scooped up 24 ground balls and had 10 caused turnovers to help anchor a defense that allowed just 9.84 goals per game, more than a goal per game better than the next best scoring defense. Her gritty defense and relentless pursuit all over the field were a key component of the league's top defense.
Bridgeman has done nothing but win since arriving in 2017. In her two seasons at PSU she has led the Panthers to a 25-7 overall mark, an 11-1 record in LEC contests, a regular season title and back-to-back LEC tournament crowns and NCAA appearances.
Plymouth State will make its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday when the Panthers face #17 SUNY Cortland for a first round contest at Amherst College. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m.
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