Panthers recognized in Field Hockey and Volleyball
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized for their defensive efforts last week as the Little East Conference announced its weekly award winners on Monday.
Senior Lauren Bergeron (New Hampton, N.H./Newfound) was named LEC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week, and senior Danielle Stoodley (Salem, N.H.) was selected as LEC Women's Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. They helped the Panther squads to a string of victories as the teams head into the final week of the regular season.
A senior midfielder, Bergeron anchored the defensive effort as the Panthers went 2-0 with a pair of conference victories. She helped PSU allow only one goal and seven shots in Thursday's 3-1 win at Framingham State, and only six shots Saturday in a 1-0 shutout victory over Bridgewater State.
The PSU defense leads the 12-team Little East with a 1.07 goals against average and ranks tied for second with seven shutouts.
A senior libero, Stoodley averaged 5.18 digs per set as PSU posted a 2-1 record last week (1-0 LEC). She reached at least 20 digs in two of the three matches, with 24 in a five-set loss to Middlebury on Wednesday and 21 in a 3-0 sweep of Eastern Connecticut in an LEC match on Saturday. She also topped the team with 11 service aces in the three matches, averaging an ace per set. It's the second time this season that Stoodley has been named the LEC Defensive Player of the Week.
Stoodley leads the team and ranks second in the Little East with 4.57 digs per set. She also ranks fifth in the conference in service aces (0.42 per set).
Both Panther squads are looking for momentum to wrap up the regular season this week. The field hockey team (14-1 overall, 9-1 LEC), winners of seven straight, visits Saint Joseph's College (Maine) on Wednesday for a non-conference contest and returns home to host LEC foe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday on Senior Day at Panther Field. The volleyball squad (19-9 overall, 4-1 LEC), winners of seven of their last eight, plays a big LEC match Tuesday at league-leading UMass Boston (22-3, 5-0) before returning home to host Rhode Island College and Worcester State University Saturday on Senior Day at Foley Gymnasium.
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