Bates, Burgess, Crutchfield named All-LEC First Team; Martin on Second Team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four members of the Plymouth State University field hockey team were recognized Tuesday with selection to the 2015 All-Little East Conference Team, as voted by the LEC's head coaches.
Senior defender Eileen Crutchfield (Penacook, N.H./Merrimack Valley) was named All-LEC First Team for the second straight season, while sophomore goalie Alivia Bates (Pensauken, N.J./Pennsauken) and junior forward Nicole Burgess (Mexico, Maine/Mountain Valley) were All-LEC First Team selections for the first time. Sophomore midfielder Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt./Harwood Union) was recognized as well with All-LEC Second Team accolades.
Bates and Crutchfield anchored the PSU defense and performed as two of the top defensive players in the league. They helped PSU to a 1.02 team goals against average in league play, the lowest mark among the 12 teams, allowing just 12 goals in 11 conference games. Bates, who was the 2014 LEC Rookie of the Year, ranked fourth in the LEC this season in both save percentage (.787) and goals against average (1.47).
Burgess and Martin helped the PSU offense rank fourth in the conference, scoring 23 goals in 11 LEC games. Burgess finished second in the LEC with a career-best 13 goals and tied for fourth with 26 points, while Martin contributed two goals and a team-high four assists. Burgess scored two goals in a game four times this fall, while Martin tallied the overtime game-winning goal when PSU knocked off Keene State College to snap the Owls' 30-game LEC regular season winning streak.
The Panthers finished the season with an 11-6 overall record under 16th-year head coach Bonnie Lord. PSU earned a share of the Little East Conference regular season title with a 9-2 conference record, but the top-seeded Panthers were upset in the LEC Tournament quarterfinals by Fitchburg State University, 1-0.
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