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PSC captures LEC title, earns NCAA berth

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Kerri Tarpy (Biddeford, Maine) was named Most Valuable Player after scoring the winning goal to lead the Plymouth State College field hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Keene State College in the championship game of the Little East Conference Tournament at Arold Field on Saturday.

Tarpy's goal was scored with a little over 20 minutes remaining in the first half. After a frenzy in front of KSC keeper Lindsay Hamilton (Brattleboro, VT), PSC senior Michele Morch (Southampton, NY) was able to take a rebound and deflect the ball towards Tarpy who finished the shot, scoring her team-leading 10th goal of the season.

PSC freshman goalie Ellen Ward (Thorndike, ME) was selected to the LEC all-tournament team after playing a solid game in goal. Ward made seven saves against the Owls while Hamilton stopped three Panther shots. Along with Ward, freshman Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, NH), sophomore Kristle Wheeler (Brandon, VT), junior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, ME), and senior Courtney O'Sullivan (East Kingston, NH) were chosen to the LEC all-tournament team for their strong efforts in clinching the conference championship.

Other all-tournament recognitions went to senior Jen Tremblay (Rehoboth, MA) from Worcester State, sophomore Brittany McClure (Belfast, ME) from Southern Maine, and seniors Kelly Smith (Lisbon, NH), Carrie Trudeau (Saco, ME), and Beth Chase (Kensington, NH) all from Keene State.

The Panthers, 15-4, advance to the first round of the NCAA tourney, while KSC, 16-5, will wait for an at large NCAA Division III bid or an ECAC New England tournament invitation.