PSU Athletics announces annual award recipients

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University athletic department is proud to announce its annual awards for the 2008-09 school year.  A dozen of the top Panther student-athletes have been honored for their performances on the field of competition, in the classroom and in the community.

            PSU recognizes the top athletic performances each year with the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year Award and the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year Award.  The top scholar-athlete receives the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award, and the top seniors are selected for the John C. Foley Leadership Awards. These awards honor former coaches and educators who were pioneers in the development of athletics at Plymouth State.  New awards have been added in recent years honoring the contributions to Panther athletics by Peter S. Cofran, Dorothy ‘Dot' Diehl and Brad Wilby.

            Senior football star Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H./Milford) and sophomore skiing All-American Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) are the Paul E. Arold Male Athletes of the Year.  Mack earned a long list of post-season honors and broke several school records while leading the Panthers to the New England Football Conference championship and berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament; Ostroski was the 2009 MacConnell Division champion, Eastern Regional champion and a three-time All-America while leading the Panthers to a top four finish in the combined alpine at the national championships, including the team title in the slalom.

            Junior skiing All-American Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo./Natrora County) and junior two-sport star Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass./Veterans Memorial) are the Janet Nell Female Athletes of the Year.  Deane was the 2009 MacConnell Division runner-up, placed third at the Eastern Regional championships and was a two-time All-America while leading the Panthers to a second place finish at the Eastern Regionals and a top four finish in the combined alpine at the national championships; Judd was the starting point guard on the Panther women's basketball team that posted a 16-11 overall record and advanced to the ECAC New England post-season tournament and she earned First Team All-Little East Conference honors as a starting midfielder on the Panther women's lacrosse team.

            Football offensive lineman Joe Duval (Dover, N.H./Dover), softball pitcher Courtney MacFarland (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and women's basketball player Sam Naas (South Hero, Vt./South Burlington) are the recipients of the John C. Foley Senior Leadership Awards.  All three were strong contributors to their team's success on the fields and on the court, but contributed even more with their leadership, serving as co-captains of their teams.

            Junior alpine skier Lauren Germano (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) is the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award recipient.  A starter on the Panther ski team that placed second at the Eastern Regionals and posted a top four finish in the combined alpine at the national championships, Germano has the highest cumulative grade point average of all PSU upper-class student-athletes as a childhood studies major.

            Senior Janelle Chiles (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) is the Peter S. Cofran Award recipient for outstanding service and support for PSU Athletics.  A former two-year member of the Panther women's basketball team, Chiles was a dedicated worker at numerous jobs for the PSU home event management staff while maintaining a strong grade point average as a biotechnology major with a chemistry minor.

            Senior field hockey all-star Ashley Gutowski (Conway, N.H./Kennett) is the Dorothy ‘Dot' Diehl Award recipient for exhibiting leadership for the advancement of women's equity in sports and physical education.  Gutowski, who graduated with one of the top cumulative grade point averages of all student-athletes as a physical education major, was a First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region selection in field hockey last fall.

            Junior softball player Jenna George (Cumberland, R.I./Cumberland) and senior men's soccer player Gareth Stephens (Yeovil, England) are the recipients of the Brad Wilby Awards for demonstrating leadership, strength of character and service to others both on and off the field.  George, who posted an 8-6 record as a starting pitcher and who will graduate this fall after just three and a half years, served as the PSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) co-chair this year and was very involved in community service.  Stephens, who was named All-Little East Conference Second Team in 2008, was a key member of SAAC and earns the honor for the second straight year.  The Brad Wilby Awards are voted on by the student-athletes of SAAC.

            All of the award recipients will be honored in a formal ceremony at PSU this September.  Complete profiles of the student-athletes follow.


Jeff Mack Jeff Mack, Football (Sr., Running Back, Milford, N.H.) (Co-captain)

Named All-East Region 2nd Team ( All-New England Division II/III Team (New England Football Writers)... ECAC Northeast Division III All-Star... All-NEFC First Team... NEFC Championship Game MVP... received Robert A. "Red" Rolfe Male Athlete of the Year Award (N.H. Union Leader)... received Joseph A. Zabilski Award (Top New England Player in Division II/III, from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston)... received two weekly Boston Globe Gold Helmet awards... October Athlete of the Month (N.H. Union Leader)... rushed for 1,779 yards (6.3 average) and 20 touchdowns... ranked in top 10 in NCAA in rushing and top 20 in scoring... broke Joe Dudek's single-season PSU rushing record....led team to 10-2 overall record, including perfect Boyd Division mark (7-0), NEFC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.


Peter Ostroski Peter Ostroski, Skiing (So., Intervale, N.H./Kennett)

Earned All-America honors in giant slalom (6th place at Nationals), slalom (4th at Nationals) and combined alpine (3rd)... was the top American finisher in the combined, earning him a spot at US National Championship at Alyeska Resort in Alaska....won Eastern Regional championships in giant slalom and combined alpine, and finished runner-up in slalom... captured MacConnell Division individual championship after finishing in the top eight (among 70 racers) in all 10  regular season races, including wins in both slalom and GS...helped team tie for first in MacConnell Division regular season, capture Eastern Regional titles in combined alpine and slalom, and National Championship in slalom.... Also finished fourth at Nationals in combined alpine and fifth in GS....also won the 24 Hours of Great Glen mountain biking race, and this spring he won the Inferno Race, a Pentathlon involving an 8.3 mile run, 6 mile whitewater kayak, 18 mile bike with a 2,000 foot climb, three mile hike with a 2,268 foot climb, followed by a 1 mile ski down the Headwall of Tuckerman's Ravine.


Alyssa Deane Alyssa Deane, Skiing   (Jr., Casper, Wyo.) (Co-Captain)

Earned All-America honors in giant slalom (4th place at Nationals) and combined alpine (5th)... finished third in combined alpine at Eastern Regionals after placing second in giant slalom and fifth in slalom... finished runner-up (among 70+ racers) in MacConnell Division after finishing in the top 10 in eight of 10 races... helped team to best season since 2001, finishing 2nd out of 10 teams in the MacConnell Division regular season, 2nd of 13 teams at the Eastern Regionals (slalom, GS, combined), and 4th of 20 teams at the National Championships (4th in GS and combined, 7th in slalom)... voted by teammates as co-captain and Panther Award recipient.


Kalie Judd Kalie Judd, Basketball/Lacrosse  (Jr., Peabody, Mass./Veterans Memorial) (Co-Captain)

Starter for both teams and named All-Little East Conference First Team in lacrosse... started every game at point guard for bkb team, averaging 6.1 points (5th on team)... ranked third in the LEC with 3.8 assists per game and second in the LEC with 2.6 steals ... helped team to 16-11 record (best season since 2003) and first post-season berth since 2003... started 14 of 15 games for lax team... led team in ground balls (51), draw controls (55), caused turnovers (25)... also finished third on the team in scoring with 32 goals and 39 points... ranked among LEC leaders in several categories... helped team to 6-9 record (five-game improvement over last year) and 4-2 LEC mark (3rd place).


Joe Duval Joe Duval, Football (Sr., Dover, N.H.) (Co-Captain)

Four-year starter on PSU's offensive line...Named First Team All-East Region (, First Team All-ECAC, and First Team All-New England Football Conference...key player on offense as PSU ran the ball nearly 90 percent of the time... blocked for one of the top running backs in PSU and New England Division III history... helped led team to 10-2 overall record, including perfect Boyd Division mark (7-0), NEFC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.... 2.87 GPA as an Environmental Planning major.... From Coach Paul Castonia:  "Joe had his sophomore season cut short when a tumor was found in his ankle.  After successful surgery, Joe worked diligently and tirelessly to return.  He continued by starting every game as a junior and senior.  Joe was an effective leader in setting an example with the way he worked to return and how he improved after his return.  His leadership and actions were always dictated by what was best for the team, not him individually."


Courtney MacFarland Courtney MacFarland, Softball  (Sr., Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton)(Three-year co-captain)

 Four-year veteran starting pitcher on softball team...Named Second Team All-Little East Conference.... Posted 13-10 record with 1.97 earned run average with three saves.... ranked among LEC leaders in wins, saves, ERA, opponents batting average, and strikeouts... her 30 career victories is second on PSU's all-time wins list...helped team to 24-18 overall record, fifth place in the LEC, and an ECAC post-season berth (3rd place in tournament)....received team's Panther Award. ... Physical Education major....From Coach Bruce Addison:  "For the past four years Courtney has brought stability and consistent leadership to the PSU softball program. Her positive attitude and leadership skills on the field rewarded her by being named captain by her teammate's after the completion of her freshman year. She has been a tremendous captain for the past three years. She always competed at a high level. She always supports great sportsmanship. She will always cheer for her teammates and congratulate the opponent in defeat or victory. The most visible asset I see from Courtney is the way she interacts with the younger kids at our winter clinics. She has become a role model for all these kids."


Sam Naas Sam Naas, Basketball (Sr., South Hero, Vt./South Burlington) (Co-captain)

Four-year veteran for PSU basketball team...played in 26 of PSU's 27 games, starting three... provided energy, defense and rebounding off the Panther bench...worked multiple jobs in the Athletic Department (Event management, Athletic Business Office)...Four times made the PSU President's List as a Finance major....From Coach Lauren Lavigne:  "Two years ago Sam suffered what should have been a career-ending knee injury and she worked her way back to be on the floor. Her senior year was her finest and a testament to how hard she worked and how much time she put in the off season just so she could practice again and wear the uniform. Most importantly, Sam is one of the finest young ladies you will meet. She is bright, articulate, and a fine ambassador of PSU and our Athletic Department."

Lauren Germano Lauren Germano, Skiing (Jr., Glastonbury, Conn.)

Childhood Studies major ...three-year veteran of PSU ski team...ranked sixth on the team and 44th (out of 70+) in MacConnell Division... placed 16th in giant slalom at Eastern Regionals and 28th in GS at National Championships...helped team to best season since 2001, finishing 2nd out of 10 teams in the MacConnell Division regular season, 2nd of 13 teams at the Eastern Regionals (slalom, GS, combined), and 4th of 20 teams at the National Championships (4th in GS and combined, 7th in slalom).... PSU Tour Guide....From Coach Topher Harlow:  "Lauren not only excels on the mountain, skiing for the women's team in the post-season, but she received 2009 First Team All-Academic honors from the USCSA."


Ashley Gutowski Ashley Gutowski, Field Hockey   (Sr., Conway, N.H./Kennett)

Physical Education major...three-year veteran on the field hockey team (after transferring from Holy Cross)... named All-New England West Region Second Team All-Star... Named to prestigious Division III Senior All-Star Game at site of national championship game... Named First Team All-LEC... led team with 12 assists and 42 points and ranked second with 15 goals... ranked second in the LEC in assists and points and tied for fifth in goals...helped lead team to 15-8 record, tied for second place in Little East, and to the championship games of both the LEC and ECAC New England Tournaments....From Coach Bonnie Lord:  "Ashley Gutowski is the true definition of the term "student-athlete." As a dedicated student Ashley has not only set the standard for her own academics achievements, but that of her teammates as well! Many a night Ashley was surrounded by her teammates in the library. As an athlete Ashley sets her priorities and commits 100% to her team and teammates. I am very proud of Ashley's work ethic and focus in the classroom and on the field!"


Gareth Stephens Gareth Stephens, Soccer (Sr., Yeovil, England) (Three-year Co-captain)

Four-year starter and three-year captain ...Played virtually every field position ... named All-Little East Conference Second Team as a midfielder in 2008...scored game-winning goals against Keene State in 2007 and 2008...received team's Panther Award winner in 2007 and 2008...Management major....From Coach Rob Wright:  "Gareth has been an outstanding captain on and off the field.  He is involved in campus activities (international student fellow, SAAC member, provides help with international recruitment).  He overcame serious injury in 2008 to play hurt and led team to 2nd LEC Championship game in his four years."


Jenna George Jenna George, Softball (Jr., Cumberland, R.I.)

Four-year starter and three-year captain ...moved from center field position to pitcher this season to help the team... posted an 8-6 record in 15 starts this spring with one shutout... tossed a no-hitter against Castleton on Senior Day in late April...Dean's List student as an early childhood studies major....From Coach Bruce Addison:  "Jenna was the ultimate student-athlete. Very determined to get her degree early, she found time to volunteer towards serving SAAC as president. Jenna was asked upon to pitch for us this past season. Although, she enjoyed being our everyday centerfield, she sacrificed her playing time in order to work on her pitching skills. She will be missed."


Janelle Chiles Janelle Chiles, Event Management (Sr., North Andover, Mass./North Andover)

From Events Manager Courtney O'Clair: "Janelle has provided unparallel service and support to the athletic department her entire four years at Plymouth State. Janelle has done everything from major mailings, crowd control, ticket sales, covering the front desk, and most importantly the concession stand. Every single time we had events she would come early to set up the concession stand, organize the items and the other employees to make sure that everything would run smoothly through the entire day. She was a reason that concession stand has been so successful in bringing in huge revenue on Saturday's. Janelle also would come down and cover anyone's shift on the drop of a hat, or if we needed help cleaning up a concession stand or shoveling snow she was always there and never said no. Another reason I believe Janelle stands out is she is a Biotechnology/Biological Sciences Major with a minor in Chemistry. With that she had so much work and so many labs that she needed to complete but was able to do so while providing outstanding standing service to the athletic department."

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