PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Little East Conference weekly honors continued for two Plymouth State University student-athletes Monday as they were repeat selections as Player of the Week in the sports of field hockey and women’s volleyball.
Senior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) was named LEC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week, while senior Becky Ciulla (Chelmsford, Mass.) was selected the LEC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. Silva received the top offensive honor for the third time this season, while Ciulla earned the top defensive honor after being named Offensive Player of the Week two previous times this season.
A 5’7” forward, Silva (left) scored four goals on the week, scoring at least one goal in all three games, leading the Panthers to a 3-0 record and control of first place in the LEC. She scored PSU’s third goal in a 3-0 LEC win over Salem State on Monday; tallied the first (and game-winning) goal Wednesday in a 3-0 win over Fitchburg State in a battle of the two first-place teams; and added two goals in a 5-2 LEC victory at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday.
A two-time All-LEC First Team selection, Silva leads the LEC this season in goals (17) and points (40). She became PSU’s all-time scoring leader earlier this season, and now has career record totals of 64 goals, 22 assists and 150 points.
A 5’9” middle hitter, Ciulla (right) averaged 6.36 digs and 1.14 blocks in PSU’s 1-2 week, helping the Panthers capture a share of the LEC regular season title. She had 35 digs and seven blocks in a five-game loss to Middlebury, 26 digs and six blocks in a five-game win over RIC, and 28 digs and three blocks in a four-game loss to Eastern Connecticut.
A First Team All-LEC selection in 2004, Ciulla ranks among the LEC leaders this season in kills (3.5 per game), hitting percentage (.267), and blocks (1.04 per game). She is third on PSU’s career list with 1,070 kills, and with 299 blocks, she needs only 13 more to become PSU’s career leader in blocks, passing Becky Landry (312 from 2000-03).
The PSU field hockey team, 12-3 overall and 9-1 in conference games, has clinched at least a share of the LEC regular season title with one conference game to play, while the Panther volleyball squad, 18-13 overall, finished in a tie with Eastern Connecticut for the LEC regular season title, both schools at 6-1. ECSU will be the top seed in next week’s LEC Tournament, with PSU the number two seed.
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