PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The top defender on the Plymouth State College field hockey team has been named to the 2002 STX/NFHCA Division III All-America Team by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Senior back Kristle Wheeler (Brandon, Vt.) was selected to the All-America Second Team. She adds that to the list of honors she has received this month, which include First Team All-Little East Conference, All-New England West Region, and Most Outstanding Player of the Little East Conference Tournament.
Wheeler completed a terrific season and career for the Panthers, earning All-LEC honors for the third straight year. She anchored a PSC defense that posted 10 shutouts this season and allowed only 12 goals in 19 games. She also helped the Panthers limit their opponents to an average of 8.2 shots per game (compared to 19.8 for the PSC offense). Wheeler also contributed four goals and one assist this season, including the first goal of the LEC Championship game.
Wheeler helped the Panthers to its third consecutive Little East Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the third year in a row. PSC finished with a 17-2 overall record this year, and is 47-12 the last three years under head coach Bonnie Lord.