PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two members of the Plymouth State College women’s lacrosse team received top weekly honors from the Little East Conference Monday for their performances in three Panthers game last week.
PSC junior Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) was named LEC Offensive Player of the Week, and junior Carmen Villanueva (East Schodack, N.Y.) was selected LEC Defensive Player of the Week. Sheridan receives the honor for the second time in three weeks, while Villanueva is recognized for the first time in her career.
A junior midfielder, Sheridan collected 17 points on 14 goals and three assists last week, helping PSC to a 2-1 week. She tallied five goals and one assist in an LEC win Tuesday at Southern Maine, and notched four goals and an assist in PSC’s win Saturday at pre-season league favorite Eastern Connecticut. Sheridan completed her week with five goals and one assist Sunday in a triple-overtime loss at 17th-ranked Bowdoin, despite being double and triple-teamed.
With season totals of 34 goals, 15 assists and 49 points, Sheridan leads the LEC in goals (4.25 per game) and ranks second in assists (1.88 per game) and points (6.13 per game). Sheridan also needs just seven points to become the second player in school history to reach 200 career points (in 42 career games, she has 141-52–193).
A junior goalie, Villanueva turned aside 54 of 74 shots for a .730 saves percentage in three outings. She also posted a 6.42 goals against average and a 2-1 record. She had a season-high 20 saves in an LEC win Tuesday at Southern Maine, and came back with 14 saves in PSC’s win Saturday at pre-season league favorite Eastern Connecticut. Villanueva wrapped up her week in an 8-7, triple-overtime loss at 17th-ranked Bowdoin, matching her season best again with 20 saves.
Villanueva leads the LEC in goals against average (8.15) and saves percentage (.649).
The Panthers, 5-3 overall and atop the LEC standings at 2-0, will be on the road again Thursday with a Little East Conference match-up at archrival Keene State. The start time of that game has been moved to 3:00 p.m.