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PSU Athletics announces annual award recipients

PSU Athletics announces annual award recipients

Panthers recognize 11 with prestigious honors for 2013-14

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University Athletics department has announced the recipients of its major awards for the 2013-14 school year, honoring 11 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.

            Sophomore skier Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah / Rowland Hall St. Marks) is the recipient of the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year honor. Martin became the first alpine skier in school history to compete in the NCAA Skiing Championships, one of only 16 ski racers from the East in all NCAA Divisions to qualify. He was ranked ninth in the Eastern Collegiate Ski Association (EISA) in the giant slalom, and was ranked 10th overall in the EISA heading into the NCAA Championships.

            Senior lacrosse goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, , N.H./Hollis-Brookline) and junior field hockey forward Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H./Mascoma) are the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year recipients. A three-time All-Region selection and Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Field was named Second Team All-America this season and earned Most Outstanding Player honors while leading PSU to the LEC Championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Championships. Garvey led the Little East Conference and ranked in the top 10 nationally by scoring 25 goals, third-most in school history, earning All-Region honors and leading PSU to the championship games of the Little East and ECAC New England Tournaments.

            Football co-captain Josh Morgan (Foster, R.I. / Ponaganset) and softball co-captain Jackie Digman (Burlington, Mass./Burlington) are the recipients of the John C. Foley Senior Leadership Awards. Morgan was a two-time All-Conference linebacker who overcame thyroid cancer to join his teammates on the field as a senior, when he led the team in tackles for the second straight year and earned the Nason Award for Perseverance from the New England Football Writers. Digman earned All-Conference honors as a third baseman, helping PSU to a share of the LEC regular season title and finishing third on PSU's career list for hits and fourth in home runs before graduating with high honors in the Business Administration program.

            Senior softball pitcher Nora Galvin (Windham, N.H./Salem) and senior soccer defender Adam Groves (Brooksville, Maine / George Stevens Academy) are the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award recipients as PSU’s top scholar-athletes. Galvin was named to the All-Conference and Academic All-District Teams after helping PSU to a share of the LEC regular season title and finishing second on PSU’s all-time list for wins and strikeouts; she was a President’s List student and received the Highest Academic Achievement Award at PSU in Social Work. Groves was a two-time All-Conference selection in soccer and an Academic All-Conference honoree who earned President’s List honors in the classroom as a Marketing major and was involved in numerous campus activities, including a position in the Outdoor Recreation Center.

            Senior lacrosse player Adam Nassaf (Marblehead, Mass.) and senior women’s ice hockey player Ali Myers (Seattle, Wash.) are the recipients of the Brad Wilby Award for character and service. Nassaf was a four-year veteran of the lacrosse team who was heavily involved in Student Government and Student Life and received Plymouth State’s Van A. Hartman Award as the Outstanding Senior Male Student. Myers was a four-year veteran of the ice hockey team who was a student tutor and an English major who served as News Editor for the PSU student newspaper and Associate Editor for the student literary magazine.

            Senior volleyball co-captain Cassie Pelton (Brookline, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) is the Dorothy ‘Dot' Diehl Award recipient for exhibiting leadership for the advancement of women's equity in sports and physical education. An Applied Health Fitness major, Pelton helped create PSU’s off-season training program, conducted fitness testing and aided the overall fitness of her teammates. She made an impact on the court as PSU’s libero, ranking fourth in the Little East Conference in digs.

            Senior Cam Lavallee (Chester, N.H./Pinkerton) is the recipient of the Peter S. Cofran Award for outstanding service and support for PSU Athletics. Lavallee became well-known on campus as the PA Announcer for PSU Athletics (The Voice of the Panthers), working the microphone for more than a dozen different PSU sports. He assisted with numerous other roles in the Sports Information Office, including producing game program and updating websites, and represented PSU as alternate PA Announcer for minor-league hockey’s Manchester Monarchs.


PSU Athletics – 2013-14 Award Recipient Profiles


Max Martin, Skiing  (So., Salt Lake City, Utah) 

First PSU skier in history to compete at NCAA Skiing Championships… skied in slalom and giant slalom at NCAA’s in Salt Lake City, Mar. 5-7…. 10th overall selection  to the NCAA’s from the East (out of only 16 total selections)…. Ranked 9th in GS in the EISA…. Season-best 4th place finish at Williams College Carnival GS, leading Panther men to a third-place team result….placed in top 10 in regular season four times…conference (EISA) opponents include University of Vermont, University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, and Colby College…


Lorin Field, Lacrosse   (Sr., Goalie, Hollis, N.H.) (Three-year Co-captain) 

All-American Second Team (IWLCA)… All-Region First Team (IWLCA)…ECAC All-New England First Team … LEC Defensive Player of the Year…First Team All-Conference … LEC Tournament MVP… Led Conference in Save Percentage the last three years… LEC Goalie of Week 4 times… ECAC NE Defensive Player/Week 2X… Ranked second in NCAA in 2014 in Save Percentage… Set school records for career wins (41) and saves (545)… led Panthers to LEC Tournament Championship and NCAA berth.


Nikki Garvey, Field Hockey   (Jr., F, Canaan, N.H.) (Co-captain) 

All-New England West Region Second Team… First Team All-Little East Conference … led the LEC in goals scored (25 goals-57 points) and was ranked 8th in the nation in NCAA Div III in goals per game and 10th in points per game….her 25 goals in a season is third-best in school history, recording hat tricks in five games and tallying a pair of goals in two other contests…. two-time LEC Offensive Player of the week… ECAC New England Co-Player of the week once… led team to 14-7 record and the finals of both the LEC & ECAC Tournaments.


Josh Morgan, Football (Sr., LB, Foster, R.I.) (Co-captain) 

All-MASCAC Second Team at linebacker… led the team in tackles each of the last two years…. has only played LB for two years…. Also played quarterback the last three games, and played every down on special teams this season… has a GPA of 3.29….  He was president of the criminal justice honor society….  He overcame thyroid cancer to play this year as a senior….  He was also the recipient of Nason Award given by the New England Football Writers….  He was the first PSU player to receive the Nason  Award and also the first unanimous selection for the award in its 55 year history. Head Coach Paul Castonia … "Josh has overcome numerous obstacles to excel as a student and remain on the football field. He is the type of player any coach would love to coach. He is a tremendous teammate and leader. In 27 years as a college coach, I have never enjoyed coaching a player more than I have enjoyed having Josh as a member of the team. His perseverance, dedication, toughness and love of the game have been inspiring to both his teammates and coaches." 


Jackie Digman, Softball (Sr., 3B, Burlington, Mass.) (Co-captain) 

All-Little East Conference Second Team… helped team to LEC regular season title and 22-13 record… four-year starter for the softball team…finished third on PSU's career list for hits (154) and fourth in home runs (18)… Head Coach Bruce Addison… “Jackie was very influential in having the softball team work with Devon Zeman for weight training this past year. Throughout her tenure, Jackie was always respectful and dedicated toward PSU sports. She worked at sporting events for work study and graduated with high honors in the Business Administration program. One of the best captains I have been associated with. “


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

Major: Social Work … Capital One Academic All-District (2014)…LEC All-Conference Second Team… finished with an 8-5 record with a career-best 2.35 earned run average and three shutouts… ranked sixth in the league in ERA and strikeouts (66) and ninth in victories…. one of the top pitchers in school history, ranking second on the all-time list for wins (32) and strikeouts (347)…. PSU President's List two times and the Dean's List four semesters… received the Highest Academic Achievement Award for the PSU Junior Class in Social Work…. received the Brad Wilby Award in 2013-14… Plymouth State's representative on the New Hampshire Service Workers Board of Directors. Coach Bruce Addison:  “Nora was the ace of our pitching staff. 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. She led the team by example and vocally. Always in a positive manner. During her four-year tenure, no has been a better teammate than Nora.”


Adam Groves, Soccer  (Sr., D, Brooksville, Maine) (Co-captain) 

Major: Marketing  …Earned All-LEC Second Team honors in 2013… two-time All-Conference after transferring from USM… 2013 LEC All-Academic selection, and a 2013 PSU AD Academic selection…Head Coach Rob Wright:  “Off the field, became a captain in the 2013 season and was an outstanding leader of the program.  In addition, has been front and center helping Lauren at athletic department / admissions events, including the athletic open houses in 2012 & 2013.  Has been the center of two of the Athletics promotional videos on campus (including the athletics 2 in 2video) and works for the outdoor recreation center.  Adam will be staying on to coach the men’s soccer team in the fall of 2014.”


Adam Nassaf, Lacrosse (Sr., LSM, Marblehead, Mass.) 

Four-year veteran of lacrosse team… played in 11 of PSU’s 15 games this season … received PSU’s Van A. Hartman Award (Outstanding Senior Male Student)… served several years as a PSU Student Senator… Student Life Chair two years…. Spring Fling Chair… Admissions Tour Guide


Ali Myers, Ice Hockey   (Sr., F, Seattle, Wash.) (Asst. Captain) 

Four-year veteran, played in 13 of PSU’s 26 games this season … Head Coach Ashley Kilstein:  “Ali is the epitome of the player you always want on your team. A selfless, hard working individual, Ali was an assistant Captain this past season and was named Unsung Hero by her peers.  Her attitude was infectious, her advice sound, and her hockey ability solid.  Hockey was only one of her many extracurricular that she excelled in. Graduating with a 3.87 overall, Ali Served as the News Editor for “The Clock”, and Associate Editor for the University’s literary magazine, The Centripetal. She was the winner of the NCAA 12 days of DIII competition of which her story was published nationally. She is a tutor at the PASS office, orientation leader, on-campus ambassador for Team Impact, and member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Her hockey ability never wavered during all of this; she stood as an outspoken captain, always vying for what she believed to be right. She is a true definition of student-athlete.


Cassie Pelton, Volleyball   (Sr., DS, Brookline, N.H.) (Co-captain) 

Major:  Applied Health Fitness.  Started every match at defensive specialist/libero … ranked fourth in the LEC in digs (4.08 per set)… Head Coach Chris Kilmer:  “Cassie was our Panther Award winner and easily the best leader I’ve ever coached.  She led by example and earned the respect of her teammates by being both demanding and fair.  She never pushed anyone harder than she pushed herself, which made the people around her admire her even more.  Incredibly even-keeled and level-headed, she will join the coaching staff next year. Additionally Cassie worked hand-in-hand with Devin to create our off-season training program.  She conducted our fitness testing and based on our “before and after” results, was incredibly successful in adding strength, speed, quickness and explosive power to our athletes.”

Cam Lavallee, Sports Information (Sr., Chester, N.H./Pinkerton) 

Known as PSU Athletics’ PA Announcer (The Voice of the Panthers), announcing for more than a dozen different PSU sports… also worked in Sports Information Office, updating websites, creating game programs and other publications, and serving as a liaison with the media…. Also represented PSU as alternate PA Announcer for the Manchester Monarchs…  From SID Kent Cherrington… “Cam has been the Voice of the Panthers at PSU home athletic events the past three years. He has made all of our events sound very professional, and has had a great rapport with our coaches and visiting coaches. He has been very dedicated to PSU Athletics and has been a great student ambassador for our department and PSU.” 

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