September 10, 2012

Four Earn Little East Conference Weekly Honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – After a busy week of contests the Little East Conference has named volleyball players Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.) Offense and Defensive Player of the Week respectively, while women’s soccer players Meghan O’Connell (Abington, Mass.) and Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) were named Defensive Player and Goalie of the Week respectively.

Other than Thompson, the weekly honor marked the first of the season for Porter, O’Connell, and Spain.  O’Connell and Spain’s weekly honor were also the first of their careers.

On the hardwood, Porter led the Beacons, who finished 3-1 at the Endicott College Invitational with 43 kills and 61 digs overall.  She registered a season-high .304 hitting percentage and 10 kills against NESCAC opponent Williams College.  The junior hitter recorded 10 or more kills in three of the four matches played this weekend, including a 13 kill showing in the win over Middlebury College on Friday.

For Thompson her defensive honor came after finishing third on the team in digs this weekend with 52.  At the net, the senior led the Beacons front line with a combined two solo blocks and five block assists.  Out of the four matches played, Thompson recorded 10 or more digs in three of them and finished with 18 digs against first-time opponent Gallaudet University.

In the 2-0 week for women’s soccer O’Connell played a major part in leading the Beacons to their first 3-0 start in the program’s history.  After tallying an assist in the one-sided 6-2 win over Eastern Nazarene College, O’Connell scored the game-winner in the 1-0 double overtime match with the University of New England on Saturday.  The goal was the second for O’Connell in her career at UMB.

Spain’s Goalie of the Week selection came after she recorded back-to-back victories and her first shutout with the Beacons.  In 151 scoreless minutes, Spain made a total of five saves and held UNE off the scoreboard for over 107 minutes, before O’Connell was able to drive home the deciding tally.