Wakefield, Martin, McPherson, Bates earn All-LEC nods
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four members of the Plymouth State University field hockey team have been honored for their play this season by being named to the 2017 All-Little East Conference Team, as voted on by the league's 12 head coaches.
Seniors Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) and Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.), sophomore Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) and freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) were all named to the All-LEC First Team for their performances on the field this fall.
A 5-5 goalkeeper, Bates will go down as one of the top keepers of all-time. She led the LEC in both goals against average (1.30) and save percentage (.824). Her season save percentage was 12th best in the nation, while her goals against average was 32nd across all of NCAA Division III. The co-captain posted four shutouts this fall to move into second in program history with 17 career blankings.
"Liv was one of the best goalkeepers to ever come through my 18 years with the program," said head coach Bonnie Lord. "She's a natural athlete combined with fair leadership skills and strong academics. Watching her play in epic games was like an ESPN highlight reel. She's highly respected by our opponents and officials alike."
A 5-4 midfielder, Martin finished second on the team in scoring with eight goals, 12 assists and 28 points. She had as many assists during her final season as in her first three years combined and was the third highest season total in program history. She ends her career fifth all-time with 24 career assists.
"Katie was as talented a midfielder as our program has seen. Every preseason she reported in top condition, ready to play," said Lord. "She's a playmaker on the field with a natural vision for placing the ball at just the right place at the right time. Such an unselfish passer, she had to be reminded that it was okay for her to score. I will miss watching her bob and weave through a circle traffic jam, ending with a well-placed shot."
A 5-2 defender, McPherson finished her second year with the team with five goals and two assists. A leader in the backfield, McPherson was a key part of the team's offensive corners and served as the top penalty stroker. She was named the LEC Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 2, when she scored twice while anchoring a defense that recorded back-to-back shutouts.
"Katie leads the backfield with her amazing aerials and strong up field dribbling skills," said Lord. "She is a huge threat on our offensive corners with a powerful and accurate shot. She has great game sense and sees the open lanes in a split second."
A 5-4 forward, Wakefield stormed onto the scene this fall. The rookie led the Panthers with 16 goals and 32 points, while twice earning LEC Rookie of the Week honors. Her 16 goals were the 11th most in a season all-time, the second most for a freshman in PSU history, the second most among freshman in the LEC and fifth most among all players in the conference.
"As a first-year player, Haley has set high standards for herself," said Lord. "She possesses a nose for the goal and improved tremendously with her attack position play. It will be exciting to watch her over her career. It's a tremendous accomplishment for a first year to be the team's top scorer and be named to First Team All-Conference."
The Panthers ended the year with a 12-6 record, going 8-3 in LEC contests. The Panthers earned the #3 seed and topped #6 UMass Dartmouth to advance to the semifinal round for the second straight year. PSU was nipped by #2 Keene State, 5-3, in a classic battle between the two long-time rivals.
Little East Conference
2017 Field Hockey All-Conference Teams
F, Michaila Parent, Worcester State
F, Haley Wakefield, Plymouth State
F, Nina Bruno, Keene State
F, Jensyn Dandeneau, Keene State
M, Katie Martin, Plymouth State
M, Erin Kish, UMass Dartmouth
M, Rachel Hopkins, Worcester State
D, Hayley Sutherland, Worcester State
D, Casi Smith, Keene State
D, Kate McPherson, Plymouth State
GK, Alivia Bates, Plymouth State
F, Cora Rogers, Westfield State
F, Olivia Antonelli, Worcester State
F, Molly Richard, Fitchburg State
F, Alex Kallgren, Eastern Connecticut
M, Samantha Hayes, Bridgewater State
M, Ally McCall, Keene State
M, Carly Zona, Westfield State
D, Haley Donahay, UMass Dartmouth
D, Janet Maher, Bridgewater State
D, Rachel Bunce, Westfield State
GK, Kathryn Salemme, Worcester State
F, Emma Daly, Bridgewater State
F, Delaney Burns, UMass Dartmouth
F, Aislinn DeHorsey, Fitchburg State
F, Jolane Thibault, Worcester State
M, Hayley D'Auteuil, Worcester State
M, Stephanie Hogan, Eastern Connecticut
M, Bailey Miller, Fitchburg State
D, Dorina Siros, Southern Maine
D, Rachel Denning, Fitchburg State
D, Greta McConnell, Western Connecticut
GK, Allison Burke, UMass Dartmouth
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