PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized by the Little East Conference Monday, receiving top weekly honors in the sports of softball and women’s lacrosse.
Senior Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) was named LEC Softball Pitcher of the Week, and sophomore Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) was selected LEC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week. Neither Panther standout is a stranger to the weekly honors, as Jeffs earned the top weekly pitching honor for the seventh time in her career, while MacDonald received the Offensive Player of the Week award for the second time in three weeks.
A starting pitcher, Jeffs posted a 3-0 record with two shutouts and a 0.37 ERA in three appearances last week, helping PSU pick up three key LEC victories. She tossed a one-hit shutout over Keene State (0 walks, 8 strikeouts) on Tuesday, blanked league-leading Rhode Island College on six hits and a walk (4 K’s) on Friday, and wrapped up the week with a defeat of UMass Boston on Saturday, allowing only one earned run one four hits (0 walks, 3 K’s). For the week, she registered 19 innings, 11 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 walk, and 22 K’s.
Jeffs continues her assault on the NCAA Division III career record book. She is now second all-time in strikeouts (1,079), tied for 10th in shutouts (37) and 14th in innings pitched (701). Jeffs will also most likely finish her career in the top 10 in earned run average (0.88) and strikeouts per seven innings (10.8).
A starting midfielder, MacDonald tallied 14 points on nine goals and five assists as the Panthers went 3-0 last week and finished off a perfect conference regular season (6-0). She also tallied 22 ground balls and 14 draw controls. MacDonald scored twice and added six ground balls and three draw controls in a 7-5 victory over Springfield on Tuesday. She then tallied two goals and two assists along with nine ground balls and five draw controls in PSU’s 20-8 win over Bridgewater State on Saturday. MacDonald finished the week Sunday by scoring five goals with three assists, seven ground balls and six draw controls in a 15-10 victory over Southern Maine.
MacDonald, who leads the Panthers in scoring with 45 points (29 goals, 16 assists), ranks among the LEC individuals leaders in every category for field players — eighth in goals per game (2.23), fourth in assists per game (1.23), fifth in points per game (3.46), first in game-winning goals (4), third in ground balls per game (4.62), third in caused turnovers per game (2.23), and second in draw controls per game (4.77).
Both Panther teams are headed into LEC Tournaments this week. The softball team will be the sixth seed and compete in the double-elimination tourney beginning Thursday (site, time and opponent are TBA). The women’s lax team has earned the top seed, a first round bye, and will host the semifinals and championship game Friday and Saturday at Arold Field.
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