Panthers recognized in women's tennis and football
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized by their respective conferences for their performances last week.
Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H.), a freshman on the women's tennis team, was named the Little East Conference (LEC) Women's Tennis Player of the Week, while sophomore Jacob Szulc (Concord, N.H.) was named to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Football Weekly Honor Roll. This marks the first weekly honor for Winter, while Szulc is recognized for the third straight week.
Winter won three of her four matches last week as the Panthers went 1-1. On Tuesday (Sept. 19) against Salem State, the rookie teamed up with junior Irene Kigugu (Concord, N.H.) to win at number one doubles, 8-6, before outlasting senior Madeline Allaire in a grueling number one singles match, 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 10-5. Winter followed that up with a 6-2, 6-2, straight sets win at number one singles against Bridgewater State on Saturday (Sept. 23). PSU is currently 5-3 overall (2-2 LEC), and will host Southern Maine on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) and UMass Boston on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) at the Holderness School Courts this week.
Szulc impressed yet again as the Panthers steamrolled UMass Dartmouth, 37-7, in Saturday's MASCAC game, finishing with two catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns. With time running out in the first quarter and PSU facing a 3rd-and-25 from its own 10-yard line, the Homecoming hero caught a long pass from junior Zack Edwards (Brookfield, Mass.) and streaked up the left sideline for a 90-yard touchdown. He added a second quarter score when he outleapt two defenders in the end zone from 16 yards out. The sophomore now has 10 TD receptions on the year, tops in the MASCAC and tied for second in the nation. The Panthers are back on the field on Saturday at Worcester State for a 1:00 p.m. MASCAC tilt.
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