PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Four Plymouth State College student-athletes were on the receiving end of weekly conference honors Monday after standout performances last week on the fields and courts.
The Little East Conference selected junior Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) as Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week, senior Jamie Hazard (Foster, R.I.) as Women's Tennis Player of the Week, and junior Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) as Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week. The Freedom Football Conference also named senior Chris Holton (Bellows Falls, Vt.) to its Weekly Honor Roll.
A junior goalie, Ward went unscored upon in 192 minutes over three field hockey games last week. She registered shutouts over Franklin Pierce and seventh-ranked Springfield, while contributing to PSC's whitewash of Saint Anselm College. Ward broke the PSC career shutout mark last week, increasing her record total to 17. The Panthers have opened the season with three straight shutout victories.
Hazard completed a perfect first week of the tennis season, going 2-0 at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. She pulled out a tough three-set decision (6-4, 4-6, 7-5) over her Rhode Island College opponent, helping PSC knock off the defending LEC Champions. She also teamed with junior Katie Olsen (Reading, Mass.) to win twice in doubles and helping the team to a 2-0 start.
A 5'9" middle hitter, Landry was named Most Valuable Player at the Western New England College Invitational last weekend after leading the Panthers to the tournament championship. She registered 40 kills, six service aces and four blocks as PSC picked up consecutive defeats over Westfield State, Pine Manor, Mass. College and Western New England. The Panthers have started the season with an 8-0 record and two tournament titles.
A 5'10", 180-pound wide receiver, Holton provided the highlights in what was a disappointing start to PSC's football season. He caught eight passes for 101 yards, both career highs, and one touchdown, a five-yarder late in the first quarter. Holton's efforts weren't enough, though, as PSC fell to UMass Dartmouth, 44-14.