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Three Panthers named to All-LEC Team

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Little East Conference has announced the 2001 Field Hockey All-Stars, and three Plymouth State College players were among the selections as voted by the league's head coaches.

PSC seniors Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) and Sacha Jackson (Sangerville, Maine) and junior Kristle Wheeler (Brandon, Vt.) were three members of the 11-player All-LEC First Team. It is the second straight selection for Fournier, while Jackson and Wheeler earned the honor for the first time. The three Panthers were key cogs in helping PSC capture its second consecutive LEC Championship. Plymouth State is 19-1 in regular season conference games the past two years, and 4-0 with a pair of titles in the two LEC Tournaments.

A midfielder and co-captain, Fournier leads the team and ranks second in the league in scoring with 13 goals and two assists. She has scored at least one goal in her last six games, including a stretch of three straight two-goal performances. Fournier received weekly honors from the LEC three times this season, and she earned tournament MVP honors after scoring the winning goal in the LEC championship game.

A forward and co-captain, Jackson finished tied for second on the team and tied for 16th in the conference in scoring with six goals and an assist. She had the key game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over second-place Southern Maine, and well as goals against Springfield, UMass Dartmouth, Salem State, Bridgewater State, and Eastern Connecticut. She was honored during the week by the LEC once this season.

A defender, Wheeler is one of the anchors of an outstanding PSC defensive unit. She led the Panthers to eight shutout victories, including the last six games. PSC allowed only 18 goals in 18 games, including just three in the last 10 contests. Wheeler also contributed two goals this season, including one in the semi-final victory over Eastern Connecticut in the LEC Tournament.

The season continues for the Panthers this week with participation in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. PSC, 14-4 overall, hosts a first-round encounter against Commonwealth Coast Conference champion Gordon College, 17-2, this Wednesday (Oct. 31) at Arold Field (2:00 p.m.)