Three Panthers on First Team, Two on Second Team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Five members of the Plymouth State University field hockey team were recognized Tuesday with selection to the 2011 All-Little East Conference Team.
Senior Lauren Bergeron and sophomores Jackie Morin and Aisha Rai Thompson have been named to the Little East All-Conference First Team, and juniors Olivia Colborn and Hilary Lemelin are All-LEC Second Team selections. Bergeron was a Second Team choice a year ago, and the other four are all first-time selections. The All-Conference Teams are voted on by the league's 12 head coaches.
A four-year starter at midfield and two-year co-captain for the Panthers, Bergeron has never missed a game and has started all but two in her career. She is an outstanding two-way player who led the team and tied for the LEC lead this season with nine assists. Bergeron, who set the PSU career mark with 26 assists, is also a three-time selection to the LEC All-Academic Team.
A two-year starter at forward, Morin leads the Panthers and ranks fourth in the LE C in both goals (17) and points (39). She scored a hat trick in a win over Springfield and tallied two goals in a key LEC win over UMass Dartmouth. Morin also finished second in the Little East with six game-winning goals.
A two-year starter on defense, Thompson anchored the Panther defense that allowed only 24 goals in 20 games, posting eight shutouts. She helped the team regularly shut down the opponent's top scorers, as PSU led the LEC in fewest goals allowed.
A three-year veteran and two-year starter, Colborn is right beside Morin as two of the top scorers in the LEC. After leading the team last season with 16 goals, Colborn contributed 13 goals, four assists and 30 points this season, ranking eighth in the LEC in both goals and points. She had two-goal games in LEC wins over Western Connecticut and Framingham State.
A two-year starter in goal, Lemelin was the backbone of the Panther defense. She tied for second in the LEC with six shutouts, while posting a league-leading 1.11 goals against average. She started every game in the Panther goal, and her seven saves in the LEC title game was a season-high.
PSU, 17-3 overall, is the #1 seed in this week's ECAC Division III New England Tournament, and is hosting the tournament semifinal and championships games this Saturday and Sunday at Arold Field. PSU plays in the first semifinal game Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
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