PSU student-athletes earn Little East Conference weekly recognition

PSU student-athletes earn Little East Conference weekly recognition

Women's Cross Country, Field Hockey and Volleyball all honored 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Five Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized by the Little East Conference (LEC) for their performances over the last week.

            Junior Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) and freshman Julia Labbe (Turner, Maine) earned Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors. Junior Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.) and freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) were named LEC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, and senior Brenna Peruch (Cave Creek, Ariz.) was named LEC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week.

            Dennis placed tenth overall to lead the women's cross country team to a second place finish at the Emmanuel College Invitational last Friday, finishing the 5K race in 20:07. She has been Plymouth's top finisher in each race this season and her time in Boston was her second fastest of the year. This is the first time Dennis has been recognized by the LEC this fall.

            Labbe finished 23rd overall at the Emmanuel College Invitational, finishing in a time of 20:49. She has posted the fastest time among Panther first years in each race this fall and her time Friday was her second fastest of the season. This is also the first LEC honor for Labbe.

            Newhard was a key part of the field hockey defense that didn't allow a goal in two contests last week. The junior defender recorded a defensive save to help keep Salem State off the scoreboard in Tuesday's 7-0 win over the Vikings. On Saturday she anchored the Panthers' defense, which limited UMass Dartmouth to just two shots on goal, as PSU earned a 2-0 LEC win. It was the first weekly conference honor for Newhard.

            Wakefield was a scoring machine for the Panthers last week. The rookie scored a career-high three goals in the win over Salem State, and followed that up with the game-winning goal in Saturday's LEC win over the Corsairs. The 5-4 forward leads the team with 12 goals and 24 points, and she is top five in the LEC in both categories. It was the second time Wakefield has earned Rookie of the Week honors.

            Peruch was outstanding for the Panthers as the libero averaged 8.00 digs per set as Plymouth State won two-of-three matches over the week. The senior posted a match-high 18 digs in a 3-0 loss to league-leading UMass Boston on Tuesday, then followed that up with a match-high 28 digs in the Panthers' 3-0 sweep of Worcester State on Saturday. Peruch finished the week with another match-high, this time for 34 digs, as the Panthers' took care of Framingham State, 3-1. Peruch leads the LEC with 440 digs and is second with 4.94 digs per set. This was her second Defensive Player of the Week award.

            The women's cross country team is off until Saturday, Oct. 28, when the team will compete in LEC Championships hosted by Keene State College. Race time is 12:00 p.m. The field hockey team will welcome Thomas College to the New Hampton School tomorrow night for Senior Night. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Volleyball is back at Foley Gymnasium for a pair of matches on Saturday (Oct. 21). PSU will face LEC-foe Western Connecticut at noon, followed by Clark University for a 4:00 p.m. contest.

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