- Four members of the Plymouth State University field hockey team received All-Conference recognition Monday when the Little East Conference announced the 2004 All-Star Team, as voted by the league's head coaches.
Three Panthers were All-LEC First Team selections - senior back Annie Metz (North Chelmsford, Mass.), senior midfielder Caitlin Moran (Rowley, Mass.), and junior forward Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.), In addition, senior forward Amanda Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) was chosen All-LEC Second Team. Metz also received one of the conference's top honors as she was named LEC Defensive Player of the Year.
These four are the backbones of a Panther team that will make its fifth straight post-season appearance this week in the ECAC New England Tournament. PSU, 15-4 overall, placed second in the LEC during the regular season with an 8-2 mark, and finished runner-up in the LEC Tournament.
A four-year starter on defense, Metz earned her third straight
All-LEC selection and her first First-Team honor. She anchored a
Panther defense this season that allowed only 27 goals in 19 games.
Metz also contributed to the PSU offense with six goals and three
assists, including three game-winning goals, after registering only
one assist in her first three seasons.
A three-year starter in the Panther midfield, Moran earned her
first All-Conference selection. She led the conference this season
with 12 assists, and tied for third on the team with 20 points. She
had three assists in a win at Endicott, and had a goal and three
assists in PSU's triumph over Eastern Connecticut in the first
round of the LEC Tournament. Moran has a respectable nine goals and
17 assists in her career.
Silva is quietly becoming the career scoring leader at Plymouth
State after leading the conference this season in goals (22) and
points (48). The totals she put up places her second on PSU's
single-season goal-scoring and points lists. She's also up to
fourth on the school's career goal-scoring list (42) and tied for
second on PSU's list for career points (100).
One of PSU's offensive leaders the past three seasons, Gutowski is
second in the team in scoring this fall with a career-best 13 goals
and 30 points. She is tied for fourth in the conference in goals
and tied for seventh in points. Gutowski is tied for sixth on PSU's
all-time goal scoring list with 34 career goals, and she's
currently seventh on the all-time points list with 79.
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