Retired #15 Mary-Bridget Pawlik-Blandini

Mary-Bridget Pawlik-Blandini
Women's Soccer

Uniform Retirement Ceremony -- October 16, 1999

Ten years ago this weekend, Plymouth State College retired its first two uniform numbers, in honor of former Panther all-stars who had performed above and beyond anyone's expectations and brought tremendous pride to the PSC community: #22 former football player Joe Dudek and #10 for former men's soccer player Steve Clark. Three years ago, a third jersey was added to the trophy case, #12, honoring former men's basketball star Moses Jean-Pierre.

Today, Plymouth State College is proud to retire the first uniform number of a female student-athlete, the number 15, in honor of PSC's former NCAA National Women's Soccer Player of the Year Mary Bridget Pawlik

Mary-Bridget Pawlik-Blandini achieved a tremendous amount of success during her four years in a Panther uniform from 1990-93. A dominating offensive player, she became PSC's all time women's soccer scoring leader with 56 goals and 140 points. She led PSC to four straight NCAA Tournament berths from 1990-93, including a pair of Final Four appearances and a combined record of 60-9-4. She received All-America honors in '92 and '93, and was the Little East Conference Player of the Year both years.

A native of North Andover, Mass., Pawlik-Blandini was well known and respected for her outstanding personality and character. She was a terrific teammate and opponent. M-B was so skillful, a former coach brags that M-B could beat her opponent with that Golden Left Foot, even if they knew it was coming.

In addition to having her number retired today, Mary-Bridget Pawlik-Landini will be enshrined later this month when she is inducted into Plymouth State College's Athletic Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility.

At this time, here at Panther Field where M-B excelled as a student-athlete, Plymouth State College President Donald Wharton will formally present Mary-Bridget Pawlik-Landini with her old #15, which will never again be issued to a Plymouth State women's soccer player. Current PSC senior co-captain Tara Dickson will finish the season with the No. 15, after which it will be retired to the trophy case in M-B's honor.