Panthers recognized in women's soccer and football
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A trio of Plymouth State University student-athletes were honored by their respective conferences for their performances on the field last week.
PSU women's soccer had two honorees; freshman Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.), who was named the Little East Conference (LEC) Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, and sophomore Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass.), who took home LEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Junior Zack Edwards (Brookfield, Mass.), the starting quarterback for the PSU football team, was named to the MASCAC Weekly Honor Roll.
Lloyd made an immediate impact for the Panthers, tallying four goals and an assist (nine points) in a pair of shutout victories. The rookie had two goals and an assist in the season-opening, 5-0 win over UMaine Farmington on Friday, then followed that up with a pair of goals in a 6-0 blanking of Lyndon State the next day. She currently leads the LEC in goals, points and shots.
Catania notched a goal in each of the two victories over the weekend and her two scores are good enough for second on the conference leaderboard. Her play in the backfield contributed to keeping both the Beavers and Hornets off the scoreboard, as PSU is one of just two conference schools yet to allow a goal.
Edwards was solid in the season-opening, 31-7 win over Castleton University on Saturday. The junior finished 15-for-23 (65.2%) for 226 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Edwards' scores came on completions of 36, 33 and 46 yards, as he found sophomore Jacob Szulc (Concord, N.H.) twice in the first half, then connected with senior Chris Kelly (Belmont, Mass.) just five minutes into the third quarter to put the Panthers ahead 24-0.
The women's soccer team is back in action on Wednesday (Sept. 6) when PSU hosts Salem State University in a non-conference match at Arold Field (4:00 p.m.). Plymouth State football will attempt to move to 2-0 for the second straight season when they travel to Mount Ida on Saturday (Sept. 9). Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.
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