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Six Panthers earn All-LEC Honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State College women's field hockey program has received post-season honors, placing three individuals on the Little East Conference All-Star First Team, three players on the Second Team, and earning the Coach of the Year award.

Senior Kerri Tarpy (Biddeford, Maine), junior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine), and freshman Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) received LEC First Team All-Star honors. In addition, senior Courtney O'Sullivan (East Kingston, NH), junior Sarah Lynch (Belgrade Lakes, Maine) and sophomore Kristle Wheeler (Brandon, Vt.) were awarded Second Team selections, and interim head coach Bonnie Lord, received the Coach of the Year award.

Tarpy, a tri-captain who started the season on defense before moving to forward, led the Panther attack with 10 goals and four assists. Her 24 total points ranks her sixth in the LEC in scoring. Tarpy was selected Most Outstanding Player of the Little East Conference Tournament after scoring a goal in both the semi-final and championship games including the game winning goal in the final against Keene State.

Fournier gave the Panthers a huge offensive lift, and was the second leading scorer on the team with eight goals and six assists. The junior forward recorded hat tricks against Framingham State and Worcester State, and was named LEC Player of the Week on Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. Fournier now trades in her field hockey cleats for her basketball shoes as a member of the Panther women's basketball team.

Ward anchored the Panthers defense producing nine shutouts for the season. The freshman goalie tallied 92 saves while allowing only 11 goals for a league-leading 0.64 goals against average. Ward took over as starting goalie in the fourth game of the year and was on the LEC Honor Roll once last month.

PSC's Second Team All-Stars were starters, O'Sullivan at forward, Lynch at midfield and Wheeler on defense. O'Sullivan collected eight goals and four assists and was tied for second on the team in scoring. Lynch started all twenty games and scored the first five goals of her career to rank fifth on the team in goals. Wheeler helped a defense that allowed only 23 goals in 20 games, including only 10 in the last 17 contests.

Lord guided the Panthers to an overall record of 15- 5. She led PSC to the LEC regular season title with a record of 10-0, the LEC Tournament championship, and a bid in the NCAA's Division lll National Championship Tournament.