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MASCAC Weekly Honors for PSU Student-Athletes

Giles recognized in Football, Sarig in Men's Ice Hockey

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two Plymouth State University student-athletes were honored by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Monday for their performances in Panther games last week.

            Junior placekicker Rob Giles (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) was named MASCAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season, and junior defenseman Zach Sarig (Reading, Pa.) was named to the MASCAC Men's Ice Hockey Weekly Honor Roll. It is the third Special Teams Player of the Week honor this season for Giles, as well as an Honor Roll selection, while Sarig earns MASCAC men's ice hockey recognition for the second straight week.

            A 5-10, 163-pound kicker, Giles had another big day last Saturday in PSU's 41-30 loss at Fitchburg State University, and finished off his record-setting season for the Panthers. He was perfect on three extra point conversions, and he matched the school record her shares with three other for field goals in a game with three, making successful kicks from 26, 37 and 28 yards out. Giles was 26-of-27 on extra point kicks this season and 12-for-14 on field goal attempts, establishing a new school standard for field goals in a season.

            Giles led the MASCAC in 2013 in field goals, field goal percentage, extra point percentage and total points. He is currently ranked 11th in the NCAA Division III in field goals per game (1.2) and 23rd in field goal percentage (.857).

            The three field goals for Giles tied the PSU record for field goals in a game, previously accomplished four times (Tom Williams vs. Framingham State in 1975, Brian Harrington vs. Maine Maritime in 1986, and Paul D'Ascoli vs. Western Connecticut in 1997, and Giles vs. Framingham State on Oct. 28, 2013). The 12 career field goals break the mark of 10 owned by Williams in 1975, Harrington in 1986, and Jay Chabot in 1989.

            A 6-3, 220-pound defenseman, Sarig recorded six points in a 1-2 week for the Panthers with three goals and three assists. He scored two power play goals in PSU's 4-3 overtime loss to Salem State on Tuesday, tallied a goal and two assists in the 6-3 win over Fitchburg State on Thursday, and added one assist Saturday in a 4-3 loss at UMass Dartmouth.

            A First Team All-MASCAC defenseman last season, Sarig leads the conference in scoring after the first three weeks of the season with six goals and five assists in six games.

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