Leland receives top player, Plati is top defender
BOSTON-- Junior attack Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) and sophomore goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire were named Player of the Week and Defender of the Week, respectively, by the America East conference on Monday. It is the second time this season that each player has received her respective award.
Both players were instrumental in UNH's conference road wins against Binghamton University (18-6) and the University at Albany (17-7) to help the Wildcats secure a berth in the upcoming America East Championships.
Leland, who shared the Player of the Week award for the second consecutive week, recorded 14 points in three games last week and that included seven goals and six assists for 13 points in two league games. She scored a game-high five goals, and also finished tied with a game-high seven points, against Binghamton. She then had a game-high four assists, as well as tied the game high of six points, at Albany. Leland's highlights also included scoring the game-winning goal vs. Binghamton and recording an assist on the game-winning tally vs. Albany. In addition to last week's offensive numbers, Leland contributed seven ground balls, two caused turnovers and one draw control.
Plati went 2-0 last week in three games as she recorded a 7.85 GAA and .567 save percentage. In two America East games (both starts), Plati was 2-0 with a 6.00 GAA and .609 save percentage in 90 minutes of action, and that included a season-high 13 saves in the 17-7 victory at Albany.
Leland leads the Wildcats in goals (41), assists (19) and points (60) this season. In four conference games, she has 25 points on 17 goals and eight assists.
Plati has started 12 of 13 games in which she has played and has a 7-4 record with a 9.14 goals-against-average and .503 save percentage. In three America East games (all starts), Plati is 3-0 with an 8.51 GAA and .513 save percentage.
UNH (9-6 overall, 4-0 America East) concludes the regular season this week with home games against Vermont on April 27 (3 p.m.) and Boston University on May 1 (1 p.m.). The Wildcats have already clinched a berth to compete in the America East Championships for a conference-record eighth consecutive year.