PSU Athletics announces annual award recipients

PSU Athletics announces annual award recipients

Panthers recognize 14 students with prestigious honors for 2012-13

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University Athletics department has announced the recipients of its major awards for the 2012-13 school year, honoring 14 students for their outstanding achievements in athletic competition and performances in the classroom and in the community.

            The awards are presented annually and honor former coaches and educators who were pioneers in the development of physical education and athletics at Plymouth State. All of the award recipients will be honored in a formal ceremony at PSU this October.

            PSU recognizes the leading athletic performances each year with the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year and the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year Awards.  The top seniors are selected for the John C. Foley Leadership Awards and the top scholar-athlete receives the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award. Additional awards are presented honoring Peter Cofran, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Diehl and Brad Wilby.

  Astedt Colborn Stoodley

            Senior ice hockey goaltender Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) is the recipient of the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year honor.  Astedt was a two-time First Team All-Conference selection (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) who was named to the Division II/III All-New England Team this season.  He set school records for wins, goals against average and shutouts and led PSU to its second straight MASCAC regular season title.

            Senior field hockey player Olivia Colborn (Lancaster, N.H./White Mountain Regional) and senior volleyball player Casey Stoodley (Salem, N.H./Salem) are the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year recipients. Colborn scored 23 goals, was a First Team All-Little East Conference selection and was named Most Outstanding Player in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Tournament after scoring the game-winning goals in the semifinal and championship games.  Stoodley was a First Team All-Little East Conference and Second Team All-New England selection who became the first PSU Volleyball player to earn All-America Honorable Mention, finishing her career with more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.

Richardson  Spear  Lemelin   

            Men’s ice hockey captain JC Richardson (Fort Collins, Colo.), two-sport captain Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y./Sodus Central) and field hockey goalie Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H./Berlin) are the recipients of the John C. Foley Senior Leadership Awards. Richardson was a four-year starter on defense and two-year captain who helped lead the men’s hockey team to two straight MASCAC regular season championships.  Spear was a captain and four-year starter of both the men’s soccer and alpine ski teams, earning All-Little East Conference and All-New England recognition in soccer.  Lemelin is a former three-sport athlete at PSU (field hockey, alpine skiing, softball) and a three-year starter in goal for PSU field hockey who plans to return as captain this fall to complete her eligibility.

   Ryberg  Licata

            Senior Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden) is the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award recipient as PSU’s top scholar-athlete.  Ryberg graduated summa cum laude as a Management major last month and served on multiple student/faculty committees.  She is a former alpine skiing national champion who enjoyed an outstanding career as PSU’s top ski racer; she served as a team manager and assistant coach this year after suffering a career-ending injury in 2012.

            Senior Cory Licata (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) is the recipient of the Peter S. Cofran Award for outstanding service and support for PSU Athletics. Licata was a four-year student worker in the Athletic department, filling countless roles for the home events and facilities staff. He served numerous shifts such as building supervisor or assisting with event management and is highly respected by the entire athletics staff.

 Beadon McIntosh Galvin Richardson 

            Senior skier Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) and senior baseball player Ryan McIntosh (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) are the men’s recipients of the Brad Wilby Award for character and service. Beadon is a former national champion ski racer and one of the top collegiate ski racers in the NCAA East region who has also been a leader in the community.  McIntosh is a three-year starter at second base who was a team leader on and off the diamond, including playing a key role in the team’s food drive for charity.

            Junior softball player Nora Galvin (Windham, N.H./Salem) and senior lacrosse player Amanda Richardson (Bradford, N.H./Kearsarge) are the women’s recipients of the Brad Wilby Award. The ace of the Panther softball pitching staff, Galvin was elected captain by her teammates as a junior and is a President’s List student as a Social Work major.  Richardson graduated Summa Cum Laude this spring after a three-year career as a key defender and had a new award named for her because of her selfless attitude and mentality.

  Lander Thompson

            Senior lacrosse player Marie Lander (Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood) and junior field hockey player Aisha Rai Thompson (Berlin, N.H./Berlin) are the Dorothy ‘Dot' Diehl Award recipients for exhibiting leadership for the advancement of women's equity in sports and physical education. Lander is a Physical Education major and four-year veteran of the women’s lacrosse program who was very involved in community service, including a mentoring program with local elementary schools. A Childhood Studies major who has started every game on defense in her three years, Thompson has been a leader on the field and in the classroom and community, including working in her hometown school district during her breaks from PSU.


PSU Athletics – 2012-13 Award Recipient Profiles

Jack Astedt, Ice Hockey  (Sr., Goalie, Angelholm, Sweden) 

Named to Division II/III All-New England Team by N.E. Hockey Writers… First Team All-MASCAC … led the MASCAC in goals against average (2.12), save percentage (.931) and winning percentage (.738, 15-5-1)… ranked seventh in the national Division III statistics in save percentage, 13th in winning percentage and 15th in goals against average… MASCAC Goalie of the Week three times and MASCAC Honor Roll once…lowered his own single-season GAA record to 2.12, and also set PSU career marks for wins (51-20-8), goals against average (2.37) and shutouts (8)….. PSU finished the season with a 19-7-1 record, matching the 1985-86 Panthers (19-7-0) for the most wins in a season, and winning the MASCAC regular season crown with a 14-3-1 mark.




Olivia Colborn, Field Hockey   (Sr., F, Lancaster, N.H./White Mtn. Regional)

All-Little East Conference First Team at left wing…. Most Outstanding Player of ECAC Tournament …led team in scoring with 23 goals and two assists, becoming just the third player in school history to score at least 20 goals in a season… scored a school-record five goals in a win over Salem State, and tallied five game-winning goals, including the ECAC semifinal and championship games… finished with 56 goals and 122 points in her career, which both rank second on PSU's all-time scoring list…. Led PSU to 13-7 overall record, 7-4 mark in LEC (tie-4th place), and ECAC New England Championship.


Casey Stoodley, Volleyball   (Sr., OH, Salem, N.H./Salem) 

Honorable Mention All-America (AVCA), first player in program history to earn All-America recognition… All-New England Team First Team (AVCA), All-New England Second Team (ECAC and NEWVA) …. First Team All-Little East Conference… ranked second in the LEC with 4.04 kills per set, and ranked sixth with a .240 attack percentage…. also ranked third in the conference in digs (3.94 per set) and seventh in service aces (0.52 per set)… posted double-doubles in 22 of PSU's 33 matches… named to the All-Tournament Team at Endicott, Johnson & Wales, Springfield and Eastern Connecticut… finished with 1,284 career kills (fifth on PSU's all-time list) and 1,151 digs (seventh on that list)…. fourth player in school history to register both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs…PSU finished with a 15-18 overall record, and a 3-4 mark in the Little East.  


JC Richardson, Ice Hockey (Sr., Defense, Fort Collins, Colo.) (2-year Captain) 

Played in every game the past two years (defense), helping the team to two straight MASCAC regular season titles… Captain on team with more than a dozen seniors… Says Coach Craig Russell:  : JC was a 2-year captain for us on and off the ice.  He leads with quiet confidence and is gains immediate respect from his teammates every time he walks in the room.  He would offer insight to the team whenever necessary, and has a voice that garners attention when heard.  He was first in line for every community service project, as well as the face of the program whenever we introduced ourselves to a new group.  He would regularly attend banquets on campus with the Advancement Office in order to convey what PSU has meant to him, and will certainly be a great ambassador for anything he believe in.  In working with Team IMPACT, JC has been the front-man for the team, and helped gather the guys whenever Tyler (our Team IMPACT match) was around.  He is also a member of the Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta, and graduated with a 3.9+ GPA in Finance. 


Parker Spear, Soccer/Skiing  (Sr., MF, Sodus Point, N.Y./Sodus Central) (Co-captain of both)

SOCCER: Named All-New England North Second Team …. All-Little East Conference First Team….named to New England Senior All-Star game… A four-year starter, Spear finished his career with nine goals and 15 assists in 62 games…. From Coach Rob Wright:  Parker is a natural leader and coach. He already holds a United States Soccer Federation Coaching License and is the current assistant coach for the New Hampshire ODP Girls U16 program…SKIING:  Finished in top 3 on team in five of 12 races, and top 5 in 8 of 12 races… Former USCSA All-American…Says Coach Andrew Gannon:  “As a four year two sport athlete Parker led by example, not only as a member of each of his teams but also as a dual sport captain.  His example of scholarship and dedication to high level athletics play put him in a class above most.”… OTHER:  Attending PSU Graduate school in the fall, and will be assistant coach of MS / M&W Skiing…3.32 GPA.


Hilary Lemelin, Field Hockey (Sr., G, Milan, N.H./Berlin) (Co-captain)

Three-year starting goalie… will play field hockey for PSU this fall (she did not play FH at PSU as a freshman) and will graduate in December… Says Coach Bonnie Lord:  Hilary was a three-sport athlete at PSU prior to the 2012 season. Hilary's commitment and discipline were without question. Hilary is recognized throughout the Little East Conference and The New England West Region as one of the best.  Hilary has enlisted in the Navy and upon completing her classes will move on to her responsibilities in the Underwater Systems division. Hilary returns as captain in 2013 with the full support and respect of her teammates. A fair and disciplined leader, Hilary is known for her ability to listen, to problem solve and to come to a resolution that benefits the team as a whole. Hilary leads by example with an exemplary work ethic and is always looking to challenge her team to be quicker, stronger and faster. Hilary's most challenging role as a captain came during the 2012 season when she was sidelined for 6 games in the crucial mid-point of the season. Hilary never missed a beat in leading the team as she became the "coach on crutches", still teaching and leading a young defense as they complied a 4-1 record with a true rookie in the cage. Hilary has also been the head goalie coach at the Stick & A Smile Summer Youth Camps for the past two Summers. Leaving her mark for leadership and hard work with the next generations of goalies! Hilary exemplifies the John C Foley Leadership Award and it would be more than a fitting tribute to a young woman who now looks to serve as an officer in the US Navy!

Chris Beadon, Skiing (Sr., Ridgefield, Conn.) (Co-captain)

PSU’s top skier in 10 out of 12 races this season, with seven top 20 finishes (among 70-80 skiers)… Top performances were two 12th-place finishes … Former USCSA National Champion…Says Coach Andrew Gannon:  “Christopher has been our top skier the past four years, but has spent more time as a role model and friend to a wide array of individuals in the PSU community.  He has donated multiple items to PSU Athletics that benefit to the entire student population.”….. excellent GPA as a Marketing major.


Ryan McIntosh, Baseball (Sr., 2B, Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) (Co-captain) 

Started 36 games at second base, batting .281 with five doubles, 22 RBI, and 25 runs scored (third on team)… Says Coach Dennis McManus:  “Ryan was not only one of our best players but was a true leader both on and off the field. He served as a captain both his junior and senior seasons and led by example on the diamond, in the classroom and in the community. We (baseball) perform a major food drive in conjunction with Hannaford each year and Ryan pretty much took the event and ran with it. He knew the routine and happened to own a truck so he performed all the pickups and deliveries from the store to the HUB and then eventually to the local food pantry. He was assisted at times by others but if it wasn’t for his contribution and work we would not have been nearly as successful as we were. We feel so much about his abilities that I’ve already asked him to be part of the program next year if he’s available. One of those few you coach in a career that really seems to  “get it”. He understands the value of the whole experience. It’s not just something he does but it’s something he lives. Very passionate about his academics and the baseball program.” 

Nora Galvin, Softball (Jr., P, Windham, N.H./Salem)  (Co-captain)

Three-year starting pitcher for PSU… ranks fifth on PSU’s all-time list with 24 career victories… From Coach Bruce Addison:  “Nora was the ace of our pitching staff. She was 8-8 with a 3.11 ERA. Nora always had the challenge of facing the other teams ace as well. As important as her role was on the field, Nora's role as captain was just as important. Nora was named captain by peers last season. She led the team by example and vocally. Always in a positive manner. During her 3 year tenure, no has been a better teammate than Nora. A Social Work major with 3.49 gpa(4.0 fall semester), she was awarded Outstanding Academic Achievement for Social Workers in the Junior class. 


Amanda Richardson, Lacrosse (Sr., MF, Bradford, N.H./Kearsarge) 

Three-year veteran on defense for the Panthers…key starter in 2013…LEC Defensive Player of the Week in April… From Coach Blanchette:  “Amanda is a  terrific student, graduated summa cum laude in business admin, 3.64 Overall GPA. Amanda is a very special person. she has paid her entire college tuition (has zero help from outside sources), has worked tirelessly at multiple jobs to afford school while still maintaining excellent grades and rapports with her professors and excelling on the lacrosse field. She has battled with crohns disease during her career having had major surgery to help correct the problem. Her constant medical struggles on a daily basis were a challenge but it never stopped her. She has been a tremendous leader in our program and hands down the hardest worker. the program named a new award after her the Amanda Richardson "team above self" award because of her constant selfless attitude and mentality. A starter on defense and impact player on the field for us this year.” 

Martina Ryberg, Skiing   (Sr., Stockholm, Sweden)

Outstanding GPA as a Management major… Unable to compete for team in 2013 due to injury, but served as a team manager/assistant coach…. Says Coach Andrew Gannon:  As an international student Martina has used all of the tools PSU has to offer and has become an icon in many aspects of the student athlete community at PSU.  She sits on multiple student /faculty committees whose goals are to help students achieve and be better.  Not only is she an outstanding athlete, she is an even more outstanding representative of the entire PSU community.”


Marie Lander, Lacrosse   (Sr., MF, Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood)  (Co-captain)

Physical Education major…. Four-year veteran (47 career games)… From Coach Kristin Blanchette:  “Marie has been a steady leader in our program for 3 years. She was a captain this year as a senior. Marie has also been a part of our leadership council the last 3 years. She takes on an active leadership role on and off the field by being a great teammate and a diligent and hard working student. Marie leads by example with her strong work ethic, and by her positive and selfless attitude. She also has been a very active participant in the community by helping to organize our many community service events throughout the year. She helped organize the team to participate in multiple 5k runs, the PAWWS Mentoring Program, and working in schools to promote physical education and health education.  Marie has shown outstanding strength of character especially this year. She saw limited playing time but continued to be a source of inspiration for her teammates by being terrific leader on the sidelines. she was supportive, caring and continued to work hard to be the best player she could be. She was an amazing role model and we couldn't have asked for anyone better to have led our program this year.” 

Aisha Rai Thompson, Field Hockey   (Jr., D, Berlin, N.H./Berlin)  

Childhood Studies Major...Has started every game on defense the past three years, and was All-Little East Second Team in 2012… From Coach Lord:  "Aisha Rai has been named to NFHCA National Academic Squad all three years. During the Winterim she has worked in the Berlin school district and reports back have been that she is an excellent teacher! She takes her academics very seriously and her GPA is indicative of her ability to budget her time between academics and athletics. Aisha is our defensive leader and last year lead a defensive unit of four freshmen. She had the opportunity to utilize her teaching skills every practice and every game! Aisha took her role as the defensive coach on the field very seriously. When our starting keeper went down with a serious hamstring injury,Aisha Rai was truly our only veteran on defense with a keeper in net that had not played the position since middle school. She shut down the goal and led the defense to a 4 wins-1 loss record. Aisha Rai is the true definition of the Dot Diehl Award as she embodies the term "student-athlete". 


Cory Licata, Events/Facilities 

From Supervisor Courtney O’Clair:  “Cory has been a 4 year student worker for the athletic department. He has worked in ever possibly capacity here. He is our number one student employee and can cover anything from supervision of the building to  being a point person with events. We have counted on Cory for every single varsity athletic contest and external event that we host at the PE Center. He is a person that everyone knows and enjoys working with. Cory is a well-respected and is going to be missed. 

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