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September 18, 2000

LEC Honor for PSC goalie

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the goaltenders on the Plymouth State College field hockey team has been honored by the Little East Conference for her performance in two games last week.

 Freshman Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) was selected to the LEC Weekly Honor Roll after making her collegiate debut last week. She is the first Panther player this season to receive weekly honors from the LEC.

A 5'7" goalie, Ward came off the bench in her first collegiate appearance last Wednesday in a 3-1 setback at Colby College, making 13 saves and allowing just two goals in 47 minutes of action. She started and played the entire game Saturday in a dramatic 2-1 overtime win against UMass Dartmouth. Ward stopped 16 shots during regulation and two overtimes, including nine saves in the second overtime. With the game was still tied 1-1, the two teams went to penalty strokes. Ward stopped UMD's final three strokes to preserve the win for PSC, the first victory for PSC coach Bonnie Lord. Ward, one of four Panther goalies used already this season, is ranked fifth in the Little East Conference in goals against average (1.43).

PSC, 1-3 overall and 1-0 in the LEC, returns to action Tuesday at conference foe Westfield State (4 p.m.).

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