Panthers recognized in field hockey, volleyball and football
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized by their respective conferences for their performances last week.
Sophomore Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) was named the Little East Conference (LEC) Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week, while teammate Aliva Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) earned LEC Field Hockey Goalkeeper of the Week honors. Senior Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) was named the LEC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week, and junior Mitch Banuskevich (Milford, N.H.) appeared on the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Football Weekly Honor Roll.
McPherson and Bates were both honored for the first times this fall after leading the PSU field hockey team to a pair of shutout victories over LEC opponents. McPherson scored the game's lone goal last Tuesday (Sept. 27) when the Panthers blanked the University of Southern Maine, 1-0. It was McPherson's second game-winner of the year. She also scored on a penalty stroke in the team's 4-0 shutout of Western Connecticut State University on Saturday.
Bates hasn't allowed a goal in three straight games. The senior co-captain needed just one save in the whitewash of Southern Maine, but was tested often against WCSU on Saturday. She finished with 11 saves against the Colonials, including a leaping save on a shot from point blank range in the early moments of the game.
Peruch is also a being recognized for the first time this season. The senior libero averaged 5.40 digs per set in a 2-1 week for the Panther volleyball team. She totaled nine digs in two sets in a 3-0 win over Nichols College last Tuesday (Sept. 27), then registered 17 digs in a sweep of Simmons College on Saturday, before closing the week with a 28-dig performance in a four-set loss to Bates College. The co-captain became just the third player in program history to record 1,700 career digs and is just 33 digs shy of moving into second place all-time.
Banuskevich earned his first weekly honor roll nod after rushing for 157 yards in PSU's 16-6 win over Worcester State. The junior opened the scoring with a 70-yard touchdown run and finished the game with a 7.1 yards per carry average. Banuskevich became the team's first 100-yard rusher of the season and finished just 10-yards shy of his career best, when he rushed for 167 yards in a win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy last November.
The field hockey team is off until Saturday (Oct. 7), when they travel to Worcester State for another LEC contest (12:00 p.m.). Volleyball travels to Southern Maine for a 7:00 p.m. LEC match tomorrow night, while football will host Bridgewater State on Saturday in a MASCAC game at Currier Field on Scouts Day. Area Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform will be admitted to the game free of charge and are invited to participate in numerous pre- and postgame activities.
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