Hollis’ Lorin Field thriving at Plymouth State
The honors just keep rolling in for Plymouth State University junior lacrosse goalie Lorin Field of Hollis.
On Monday she was named Little East Conference Goalie of the Week. On Tuesday she was named ECAC Division III Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week after her performance in non-league victories over Colorado College and Pacific University (Ore.) in Colorado Spring, Colo.
Recognition is nothing new for Field, who was the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and helped lead Plymouth to a 13-2 record and one of the biggest one-year turnarounds in school history.
In high school she was the goalie on a team that won back-to-back Division III titles in 2009 and 2010 and appeared in three straight title games. She was All-State during all four years in high school and an All-American as a junior and senior.
In high school, Field also excelled in field hockey and ice hockey.
At Plymouth, she’s never missed a start. She was named team captain as a sophomore and retains the designation this spring. But the motivation to continue to improve and to retain her starting position is always there.
“We have four goalies and they are all very good,” Field said. “They all work hard in practice and I feel them nipping at my heels.’’
Fortunately, Field seems to thrive under pressure. She has come of big for the Panthers on countless occasions. Her save percentage in three games so far (62.7) is higher than each of her previous two seasons.
Field fell in love with lacrosse when she was first introduced to the sport in the sixth grade. When it was time to pick a college program, a brief story in a magazine caught her eye.
“I read about a young coach, who played at the Division I level and was a Division I assistant,’’ Field said, “who was determined to turn the Plymouth program around.’’
And Kristen Blanchette, a standout midfielder at the University of New Hampshire who went on to coach at the University of Massachusetts and Brown for three years was exactly what she expected.
“She runs it like a Division I program,’’ Field said. “We have a goalie coach (Nicole Adams), which I had never had before, and that’s makes a big difference.
“She’s out there shooting on us every day, and I’ve become much better in one-on-one situations.’’
And Blancette continues to attract better and better players to the program. The Panthers went from 7-8 two years ago to 13-2 last year, including a 13-game winning streak.
Field is a criminal justice major who hopes to become a police officer when she graduates. Right now she’s content with locking down opposing attackers.
Freshman Connor Green continues to play at major role off the bench for the Amherst College men’s basketball team, which will play for a national championship on April 7 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta the day before the Division I men’s final in the Georgia Dome.
The Lord Jeffs will take on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor of Belton, Texas, in the title game.
In a 52-44 victory over North Central College of Naperville, Ill., in the national semifinals, Green scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench, close to his season averages of 9.1 points in 17.2 minutes with 4.0 rebounds.
Junior shortstop Bekah Jackson is off to another great start for the Plymouth State University softball team.
The Nashua North graduate in hitting .407 through 11 games and either leads or is tied for the team lead in hits (11), runs scored (seven), RBIs (11), home runs (two) and stolen bases (three).
As a sophomore, Jackson hit a team best .431 while leading the team in hits (62), runs (45), RBIs (32) and stolen bases (25), establish a number of school records.
Freshman Taylor Carbone of Hudson is off to a good start for the University of Massachusetts softball team.
Carbone has started all 19 games at second base and is hitting .283, second best on the team, with a .367 on base percentage. She had 15 hits and had knocked in seven so far.
Carbone pitched and hit Alvirne to back-to-back Division I titles before moving on to UMass.
Nashua’s Mark Levine is off to a strong start with the Widener University men’s lacrosse team.
Through seven games, the former football, ice hockey and lacrosse standout at Nashua North, has six goals and eight assists for 14 points, which is third best on the team despite starting just two games.
Former Bishop Guertin standout Jack Krzyston is off to his best start as a junior for the Rochester Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team.
Through seven games Krzyston, of Bedford, had 15 goals and 23 totals points, both career highs.
He’s the leading scorer so far for the 6-1 Tigers.