NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Just as the 2011 fall postseason gets underway, four UMass Boston athletes from three different sports were recognized by the Little East Conference for their standout performances in their respective sports. Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.) was named the Offensive Player of the Week for volleyball, Samantha Place (Newton, N.J.) was named the Defensive Player of the Week for women's soccer, and Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, Mass.) and John DeStefano (Auburn, N.H.) were named the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week respectively for men's soccer.
The four honorees are the most to be recognized in a single week this season for UMass Boston. Since the first week of the fall campaign, UMass Boston has had at least one athlete be recognized by the conference office, with Thompson also earning ECAC and National Player of the Week honors as well.
Thompson closed out the 2011 regular season with double-figures in kills in all three of the Beacons matches. She first notched a team-high 10 kills, while also adding five digs, one solo block, and three block-assists against Plymouth State University on Tuesday. Against Keene State College, she scored 14 kills, while also earning 13 digs to record the only double-double in the match. In the regular season finale, Thompson threw down 18 kills to fuel her .424 hitting percentage, as well as four digs, two solo blocks, and one block-assist.
Place nabbed her second weekly honor of the year following back-to-back shutouts by the Beacons last week. Against Framingham State University, Place and her teammates allowed just eight shots in the match, while in Friday's double overtime tie with Plymouth State, she helped the Beacons to limit the Panthers to just five shots on goal.
For Galouzis and DeStefano, they helped men's soccer close out the regular season on a great note, earning back-to-back wins. For Galouzis he managed one goal and one assist in the 3-1 win over Massachusetts Maritime. On Saturday, the sophomore forward had a field day with Plymouth State, scoring twice, while also picking up another assist in the 4-1 conference win.
DeStefano, helped the defense limit Mass. Maritime to just six shots on goal, while against Plymouth State, the Beacons allowed a mere five shots on goal.