PSU Athletics announces annual award recipients

PSU Athletics announces annual award recipients

Panthers recognize nine with prestigious honors for 2015-16

             PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University Athletics department has announced the recipients of its major awards for the 2015-16 school year, honoring nine students for their outstanding achievements in athletic competition, in the classroom and in the community.

            The awards are presented annually and honor former coaches and educators who were pioneers in the development of physical education and athletics at Plymouth State. All of the award recipients will be honored in a formal ceremony at PSU this October.

            PSU recognizes the leading athletic performances each year with the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year and the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year Awards.  The top seniors are selected for the John C. Foley Leadership Awards and the top scholar-athlete receives the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award. Additional awards are presented honoring Pete CofranDorothy 'Dot' Diehl and Brad Wilby.

            A pair of alpine skiers are the recipients of the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year and Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year awards. Senior Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah) and freshman Freydis Halla Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) earned the honors after outstanding seasons that included both Panthers competing in the NCAA National Skiing Championships. Martin became the first Plymouth State skier to make two NCAA Championship appearances in his career, and Einarsdottir became the first Panther woman to qualify for the NCAAs and her 12th place in the slalom is the highest PSU finish at the NCAAs in school history.

            Junior men's soccer goalkeeper Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) repeats as the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award recipient as PSU's top scholar-athlete. A biology major, Lindeberg holds the highest cumulative grade point average among all PSU student-athletes. Lindeberg enjoyed a terrific year on the pitch and in the classroom, earning President's List, All-Little East Conference First Team and Academic All-America First Team recognition this past season.

            Football offensive lineman Ryan Bellerose (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne), ice hockey forward Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) and volleyball setter Kirsten Perrotta (Hudson, N.H./Notre Dame, Mass.) are the recipients of the John C. Foley Senior Leadership Awards for their performances in the classroom and community as well as on the field/ice/court. Bellerose was a co-captain of the football team last fall and one of the top physical education graduates at PSU this spring; Woody was a co-captain of the hockey team and one of the leading scorers on a squad that posted a program-record 21 wins this past winter; and Perrotta was a two-year co-captain for the Panthers and one of the top setters in the Little East Conference, helping the team to a 22-7 record.

            Lindeberg and his female counterpart, women's soccer junior goalkeeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.), are the recipients of the Brad Wilby Award for character and service. Lindeberg was a key leader on the men's team, earning President's List, All-Conference and Academic All-America honors while displaying leadership as the men's soccer program dealt with the accidental death of a teammate. Schmidt also served as co-captain for the Panthers, earning All-Little East Conference First Team and All-New England Third Team recognition while helping the women's team to its best record in five years.

            Senior women's ice hockey captain Kelsey Lynch (Collegeville, Pa./National Sports Academy) is the Dorothy 'Dot' Diehl Award recipient for exhibiting leadership for the advancement of women's equity in sports. A Communications major and an Academic All-Conference selection, Lynch was instrumental in guiding the Panthers to their best season in the 10-year history of the program. She led the team in scoring and established school records for goals in a season (9) and career (19).

            Senior Hannah Andry (Melrose, Mass./Austin Prep) is the recipient of the Peter S. Cofran Award for outstanding service and support for PSU Athletics. A member of the PSU Rugby Club and former PSU women's basketball player, Andry was a key member of the Athletic Events and Facilities staff, coordinating and supervising numerous home athletic events and facilities. 

PSU Athletics – 2015-16 Award Recipient Profiles 

Max Martin, Skiing (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah) (2-year Co-Captain)

Qualified for 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships, the first skier in school history to compete at two NCAA Championships … skied in slalom (32nd place) and giant slalom (23rd place) at NCAA's in Steamboat Springs, Colo.…. placed eighth out of 70 racers in the giant slalom after taking ninth in the slalom event at the NCAA Regionals at Middlebury … finished the 12-race regular season with three top-10 finishes and nine top-20 performances…conference (EISA) opponents include U. of Vermont, U. of New Hampshire, Dartmouth, Middlebury, and Colby …Says Coach Andrew Gannon:  "Max was one of only 16 men (our of 90+) from the East to qualify for the NCAAs. He finished the season leading the Panther men with 3 top results, with an overall ranking at the end of the year of 16th in GS and 20th in SL. Max leaves PSU as its most decorated male skier since we joined the EISA six years ago.  Max has been a leader of the team both in the classroom, and as an athlete.  In his tenure Max has been a driving force making the Panthers a top 5 EISA team.


Freydis Halla Einarsdottir, Skiing (Fr., Gardabaer, Iceland)

Qualified for NCAA Skiing Championships, the first female skier in school history to qualify for NCAAs … placed 12th in slalom, highest finish ever for a PSU skier at NCAA's …. DNF in giant slalom …. posted seven top-10 finishes and two podium performances (Top 3) in 12 regular-season races…. placed in the top seven in all six slalom races, including a runner-up finish at the NCAA Regionals and a third-place at the U. of Vermont Carnival in January…. named to EIS All-East Team … was ranked sixth among the NCAA qualifiers in the EISA women's alpine rankings, including second in the slalom …Says Coach Andrew Gannon:  "Freydis finished 12th in the slalom at the NCAAs in a field of competition that included Olympic athletes, and NCAA DI full scholarship athletes…. She was the first PSU skier in school history to medal in an EISA (NCAA), event. She was named to the USCSCSA All Academic Ski Team… She won three individual FIS races, and was the overall Icelandic national champion winning both the GS and the SL….two top 15 NorAm results in fields of 80 plus women from all over the world….Improved her SL overall world ranking during 2015-2016 from 501 to 178, putting her in a position to qualify her for the 2018 Olympic Games."


Felix Lindeberg, Socccer (Jr., GK, Stockholm, Sweden)  (2-year Co-Captain)

Biology major … six straight semesters on the Presidents List (+3.7 GPA)…Anatomy & Physiology Teaching Assistant…Received an award for Diversity & International Initiatives … Received a PSU / NH INBRE Summer Research Undergraduate Fellowship… Three-year veteran and two-year starting keeper … 2015 First Team All-Little East Conference and First Team Academic All-America (CoSIDA)…  Says Coach Rob Wright:  "Felix Lindeberg had another outstanding year on the field and in the classroom, captaining the Men's Soccer program to a share of the LEC regular season title, and leading the program through the loss of a teammate. In addition to his personal achievements, Felix was instrumental in our community service work as well as participating on his own in the PSU Relay for Life event.  He also volunteered to speak at the Athletics Open Houses. In short Felix has shown the qualities of leadership, strength of character, citizenship and academic excellence that make him a worthy candidate for nomination."  


Ryan Bellerose, Football (Sr., Offensive Line, Hudson, N.H./Alvirne) (Co-Captain)

Four-year veteran and three-year starter on PSU's offensive line…spoke on behalf of seniors at PSU Athletics' Senior Dinner … Says Head Coach Paul Castonia:  "Ryan was a team captain for the football team this year.  He helped the Athletic Department with numerous recruiting/admissions events.  He was involved with Relay for Life.  He won an award for top Physical Education graduate.  I can't say enough good things about him, and I am sure many others would echo those comments."


Josh Woody, Ice Hockey  (Sr., F, Sunderland, Md.) (Asst. Captain)

Four-year regular in the PSU line-up… tied for third in the team in scoring this year… played in 99 career games, scoring 44 goals and 39 assists for 83 points… From Coach Craig Russell:  "Josh leaves behind a legacy that stretches far beyond the arena. He stepped into a role as a captain this year, and couldn't have made a bigger impact. He asserted himself as a calming, thoughtful, caring voice within the team. We attended a candlelight vigil for Voices Against Violence in Plymouth, and in front of a crowd of strangers, Josh spoke on behalf of the team, delivering a heartfelt speech that left a lasting impression on everyone. He was always one to give back to the community, even organizing a community cleanup at South Beach on the Pemi (secret beach). He organized a time to bring a few of his teammates down to clean up the mess from the weekend this entire spring, and I've received many "Thank You's" from the Plymouth Police Department. He is a leader with our Team IMPACT member, Tyler Carson, and always brings a lead by example attitude to every day. I can't think of another athlete that we've had in my time here that has left the impression that Josh has."


Kirsten Perrotta, Volleyball   (Sr., S, Hudson, N.H./Notre Dame, Mass.) (2-year Co-captain)

Four-year veteran setter for the Panthers…ranked second in the Little East this season in assists per set (8.90)… ranks third in school history in career assists (3,374) and eighth in career service aces (186)… Says Coach Chris Kilmer:  "Kirsten enjoyed the best season of her career as a senior. Her on and off-court leadership was a huge part of one of the most successful volleyball seasons in recent history.  As a two-year captain, her leadership was tested with the additions of five new players (a third of the team), including two transfers.  She worked extra hard over the summer and came into preseason in the best shape of her career – finishing preseason with career bests in each of our fitness tests.  As the only senior she set the tone at each team workout, practice and game – balancing a competitive, fiery spirit with the encouragement and maturity you would expect from a senior captain.  Her hard work was rewarded by posting career bests in assists/set, digs/set and blocks/set.  Perhaps most impressive was the improvements in areas not measured by statistics – footspeed, quickness and vertical." 


Annaliese Schmidt, Soccer/Basketball   (Jr., Goalie/Forward, Newmarket, N.H.)

Named All-New England (NEWISA) Third Team in soccer, and repeated as All-Little East Conference First Team… started 15 games in goal, ranking third in the LEC in total saves (121) and save percentage (.834)… posted double-digit saves in seven games…Led team to 7-9-1 record (best record since 2009) and 2-4-1 mark in Little East…also started 23 of PSU's 26 basketball games, averaging 2.9 points and 5.0 rebounds… Says Soccer Coach Ryan Joy: "Annaliese is not only the hardest worker on the team, she shows great leadership, has the highest GPA on the team, and has already lined a job after school.  She is a great person to be around, and has been a great motivator and mentor to our younger players.  She is an All-New England Soccer player and already in the PSU record books with one more year left to play."


Kelsey Lynch, Ice Hockey   (Sr., F, Collegeville, Pa./National Sports Academy) (Two-year Captain)

Three-year regular in the PSU line-up… led team in scoring this season (9-5-14)…set school records for goals in a season (9) and career (19) and ranks second in assists in a career (18) and points in a career (37)…NEHC All-Academic Team … Says Coach Ashley Kilstein: "Kelsey has always been about advocating for the team and took a role of demonstrating by example, of which her peers admired. Her dedication to creating a strong culture, enforcing our core values and accountability within, created true camaraderie that really set the ground work for the success of our season. It was her selflessness and leadership that made her an exemplary student-athlete. This is not the kid you would just associate with statistics, instead you would measure her by heart and our incredibly momentous game winning goal against nationally ranked Castleton. Our entire team had decided to "Go Pink" for the second half of the season in an undertaking of support of her family, epitomizing what she meant to her team and true leadership as a captain.  This is a player that a true citizen and student of the sport, cares about fostering and encouraging the development of other's around our game, and showed immense pride while being a Panther."


Hannah Andry, P.E. Center  (Sr., Melrose, Mass./Austin Prep)

Student Worker in Athletic Department and P.E. Center… member of PSU Rugby Club and former PSU women's basketball player … From Assoc. Athletic Director Courtney O'Clair:  "Hannah has been a vital part of our department for the past four years. She's been a huge part of the Athletic Family. Hannah has done everything from opening and closing the building, hockey game concessions, setup, break downs, DJ'ed and ran the front desk….just to name a few. She is trustworthy and would also go above and beyond with every single task. We will miss Hannah greatly when she graduates and she will leave big shoes to fill in the role of student worker in the PE Center. 


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