Top LEC honors for Matteson & Wheeler
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Four Plymouth State College student-athletes were selected Players of the Week in the Little East Conference Monday for their contributions to the Panther teams last week.
Offensive Player of the Week honors went to PSC junior men's soccer forward Chipe Culum (Manchester, N.H./Central), senior field hockey forward Jill Matteson (Chatham, Mass.) and freshman women's volleyball hitter Kelly Landry (Nashua, N.H.), while senior field hockey defender Kristle Wheeler (Brandon, Vt.) was named LEC Defensive Player of the Week.
Culum had a terrific week for the men's soccer squad, helping the Panthers to a pair of key victories. He broke a scoreless tie with 4:26 remaining in the second overtime last Tuesday to lift PSC past Granite State rival Colby-Sawyer, and then connected on both Panther goals Saturday in a 2-1 upset road victory over LEC-leading Western Connecticut. Culum has taken over the team scoring lead with five goals. PSC is still battling for one of the four LEC play-off berths.
Matteson and Wheeler helped the Panther field hockey team extend its winning streak to eight games with a pair of victories last week. Matteson scored the game-winning goal in PSC's 5-0 win at Endicott, and contributed three goals and an assist in the 6-1 triumph over Eastern Connecticut. Matteson now shares the LEC scoring lead with nine goals and three assists. Wheeler anchored a Panther defense that limited the two opponents to a combined six shots on goal while also scoring a penalty-shot goal against ECSU. Wheeler has helped Plymouth State to a 39-6 advantage this fall in goals scored. The Panthers can clinch the LEC regular season title with a win in any one of their three remaining conference games.
Landry continued her outstanding freshman campaign for PSC, and was recognized by the LEC for the third time in four weeks, twice as the Offensive Player of the Week and once as Rookie of the Week. She helped PSC to a 2-1 record last week, recording 34 kills (3.09 kpg) and 43 digs (3.91 dpg) and a solid hitting percentage of .302. Landry collected 24 digs against Colby-Sawyer, her second-highest output this season, and she posted nine kills and 13 digs in a loss at MIT, the second-ranked team in New England. PSC, 20-5 overall, plays its next five matches at home, including a key LEC round robin this Saturday at Foley Gymnasium.