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Three PSU Field Hockey players earn All-Conference recognition for 2016

Three PSU Field Hockey players earn All-Conference recognition for 2016

Burgess named to All-LEC First Team; Beatrice, Martin on Second Team

             PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three members of the Plymouth State University field hockey team were recognized Tuesday with selection to the 2016 All-Little East Conference Team, as voted by the LEC's head coaches.

            Senior forward Nicole Burgess (Mexico, Maine/Mountain Valley) was named All-LEC First Team, while senior defender Maddy Beatrice (Newton, Mass./Newton North) and junior midfielder Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt./Harwood Union) were recognized as well with All-LEC Second Team accolades. Burgess and Martin are two-time All-LEC selections for the Panthers, while Beatrice was voted in for the first time.

            A 5-0 forward, Burgess led the team in scoring for the second year in a row with career highs of 16 goals, five assists and 37 points. She ranked fifth in the LEC in both goals and points. Burgess scored 11 goals in 11 conference games, including a hat trick in a win over Framingham State and two goals in victories against Western Connecticut, UMass Dartmouth and Eastern Connecticut. Burgess completes her 61-game career with 32 goals, seven assists and 71 points.

            A 5-5 midfielder, Martin was second on the team in scoring with 10 goals, a team-high six assists and 26 points. Martin ranked first among LEC midfielder and eighth overall in points per game. She tallied a hat trick in an LEC win over Southern Maine, and several of her assists came as the feeder on PSU's penalty corners. A starter every game the past two seasons and in 44 of her 52 career games, Martin has 15 goals, 12 assists and 42 points in her three-year career.

            A 5-4 defender, Beatrice was the anchor to the PSU defense and performed as one of the top defensive players in the league. She helped PSU allow just 26 goals in 17 games, with five shutouts overall and three LEC whitewashes. Beatrice really stepped up to help the defense when she played  goalie in a 7-1 win at Salem State. A starter in 63 of her 64 career games, posted seven career defensive saves. She now exchanges her field hockey cleats for basketball sneakers, where she is a four-year member of the PSU women's basketball team.

            Plymouth State completed the season with an 11-6 overall record under head coach Bonnie Lord. The Panthers finished in a tie for third place in the Little East and advanced to the LEC semifinals before falling at top-seeded Keene State.

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