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Two Panthers named Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State University student-athletes were named Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week Monday for their achievements in multiple Panther victories last week.

Senior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass) was named LEC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week, and senior Becky Ciulla (Chelmsford, Mass.) was selected LEC Women's Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week. Silva received the honor for the second straight week, while Ciulla was also recognized for the second time this season.

A 5'7" co-captain, Silva (left) scored four goals and one assist for the week, including a pair of game-winning goals, as the Panthers picked up a pair of LEC wins over Keene State and Western Connecticut. She tallied two goals as PSU downed Keene State on Wednesday, 5-1, and added two goals and an assist in PSU's 7-1 win over WCSU on Saturday.

A two-time All-LEC First Team selection, Silva leads the LEC in goals (12), points (27) and game-winning goals (4). She extended her PSU-record career totals to 59 goals, 19 assists and 137 points.


A 5'9" middle hitter, Ciulla (right) was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Bates Invitational last weekend and helped PSU to a 3-2 record for the week, including an LEC win over UMass Boston. For the week, she averaged 4.12 kills per game with a .364 hitting percentage, posting double figures in kills in all five matches. Ciulla posted 16 kills against Springfield (ranked 8th in N.E.) and 13 kills in a three-game loss to Colby (ranked 3rd in N.E.). She also contributed 22 blocks in the five matches (1.38 per game).

A 2004 All-LEC First Team pick, Ciulla ranks second in the LEC in kills (3.72 per game) and blocks (1.11 per game) and third in hitting percentage (.286).

Both Panther teams are holding down first place in the LEC. The volleyball team, 15-7 overall, is in sole possession of first place with a 4-0 conference mark, while the field hockey squad, 7-3 overall, is tied for first place with Southern Maine and Fitchburg State, all with 4-1 LEC ledgers.


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