Daniels, Dubois, Allard honored for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Fresh off a third-straight Little East Conference (LEC) championship, a trio of Plymouth State University women's lacrosse student-athletes have swept the conference's weekly awards.
Senior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) was named the LEC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, junior Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) earned Defensive Player of the Week honors and sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) was tabbed Goalie of the Week after the threesome helped lead the Panthers to wins over Keene State College and the University of Southern Maine to capture the LEC crown.
Daniels was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player after totaling seven goals and an assist over the weekend. She went 4-of-8 on free position shots and added three ground balls and two caused turnovers. In Sunday's championship game she scored twice in the opening five minutes to set an early tone and give PSU a lead it would not relinquish. She finished the game with four goals and an assist.
Dubois played a huge role on both sides of the ball. She compiled six goals, ten draw controls, five caused turnovers and three ground balls between the two games. She led the Panthers with five goals and six draw controls in the semifinal win over Keene State, and played great defensively in the title game – leading PSU in caused turnovers. She also snagged a team-high four draw controls in the championship game.
Allard was strong in the cage, allowing just 12 goals between the two contests, while making 18 saves. With the Panthers holding a one-goal lead in the first half of the semifinal against Keene, she made a key save on a free position shot to preserve the lead. She added multiple stops late in the half to help PSU hold a narrow 5-3 advantage at the break, before Plymouth's offense put the game away in the second half. In the championship game she held Southern Maine off the scoreboard through the first 30 minutes, allowing the Panthers to build a 5-0 lead. She finished the weekend with a 6.00 goals against average and 60.0% save percentage.
Under third-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman, PSU captured its record eighth LEC title with the 12-7 win over Southern Maine on Sunday. The Panthers face New England College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship on Saturday (May 11) at Tufts University. PSU is seeking its first NCAA Tournament win since the 2004 season.
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