PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Six members of the Plymouth State University women’s lacrosse team have been named to the Little East Conference All-Star Team for 2005, including a sophomore midfielder who was voted the LEC’s top offensive player.
Sophomore Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Year, and she was joined on the All-LEC First Team by juniors Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.) and Meghan O’Neil (Scituate, Mass.). Three other Panthers were Second Team All-Stars – junior Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) and sophomores Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Steph Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) Brown and O’Neil are repeat selections on the All-LEC First Team, and Evans and Spadafora are repeat choices on the Second Team.
MacDonald (right), who led the Panthers with 62 points (40 goals, 22 assists), was among the LEC leaders in six individual categories from her midfield position. She ranked in the top seven in the conference in goals, assists and points as well as ranking second in ground balls (95), draw controls (91) and caused turnovers (46). MacDonald was also named the Most Outstanding Player in last weekend’s ECAC New England Tournament after leading the Panthers to the championship.
Brown (far left) earned her third straight All-LEC First Team selection after scoring 49 goals and 58 points, ranking fifth in the conference in goals and seventh in points. She was second on the team in scoring this spring, and has moved into third place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 190 points (147 goals, 43 assists).
O’Neil (left) was recognized as an All-Conference defender for the third straight year, and the second year in a row on the First Team. She collected 39 ground balls and caused 27 opponent turnovers, third-most on the team.
The Panthers also had outstanding All-Conference defenders in Spadafora and Blanchette. Spadafora led the LEC and ranked 10th in the nation in caused turnovers (50) as well as ranking third in the conference in ground balls (80). Blanchette recorded 46 ground balls, tied for third on the team, and caused 19 turnovers.
(From left, Steph Blanchette, Amanda Spadafora, Nicole Evans)
Evans was voted All-Conference Second Team for the second straight year. She led the team and finished second in the conference with 24 assists, while ending up third on the team with 55 points. Evans also became the 15th player in school history to go over 100 points in her career, as she now has 102 (58 goals, 44 assists).
PSU completed the season with a 13-5 overall record under first-year coach Paula Habel. The Panthers won their fourth consecutive LEC regular season title and finished runner-up in the conference tournament. PSU also captured the ECAC New England title last weekend for the second time in three years.
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