Brunnette from men's cross country, Rutherford from men's soccer named major award winners
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized by the Little East Conference (LEC) for their performances over the last week.
Junior men's cross country runner Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) was named the LEC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week after he took home the individual title at Westfield State University's James Earley Invitational. Brunnette finished the 8K race in 25:35.03 while helping the Panthers earn a sixth place team finish. The junior opened the race aggressively, settling into the third spot behind runners from Gordon College and Trinity College, before turning on the jets in the final stage to earn the win. It was Brunnette's second individual win of the year and he has placed in the top ten in all four of his races this fall. This is the second time Brunnette has earned Runner of the Week honors.
Men's soccer senior Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) was named LEC Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after factoring in all three goals the Panthers scored in 1-1-0 week. The co-captain scored both goals in PSU's 2-1 overtime win at rival Keene State College on Saturday. Rutherford put the Panthers up in the 11th minute after burying a shot in the top right corner off a feed from sophomore Joni Hongisto (Kaarina, Finland). Rutherford secured the win in the final 70 seconds of overtime when the ball popped free in front of the KSC goal and he blasted it home. He also assisted on the Panthers' lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Norwich University on Wednesday. Rutherford leads the Panthers with five goals, five assists and 15 points. This is Rutherford's first weekly honor of the fall.
Both teams are back in action this weekend. The cross country team will be running in Franklin Park, Boston for the Emmanuel Invitational on Friday (Oct. 13, 4:00 p.m.), while the men's soccer team is at the University of Southern Maine for another important LEC contest on Saturday (Oct. 14, 2:30 p.m.).
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