Bates, Martin and Wakefield named to All-Region Team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-Region teams were announced on Wednesday and three members of the Plymouth State University squad received second-team recognition.
A total of 196 student-athletes were recognized across the six national regions, which included the Great Lakes, New England East, New England West, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and South. Teams were chosen by a vote of NFHCA member coaches after a nomination process.
A 5-5 goalkeeper, Bates is arguably the best goalie in program history. As a senior she led the Little East Conference in goals against average (1.30) and save percentage (.824), a mark that was also 12th best in the country. The co-captain is second all-time with 17 career shutouts, including four this fall.
A 5-4 midfielder, Martin finished second on the team in scoring. She tallied eight goals, 12 assists and 28 points, finishing her senior campaign with as many assists as her first three seasons combined. The 12 helpers are the third most in a season in program history, and her 24 career assists are fifth all-time.
A 5-4 forward, Wakefield made an immediate impact this fall. The rookie led the Panthers with 16 goals, the 11th most in a season all-time and second most for a freshman in PSU history. She was named the LEC Rookie of the Week twice during the season and was one of just 16 freshmen nationally to earn All-Region Team recognition.
All three were also named to the All-LEC First Team.
The Panthers ended the year with a 12-6 record and finished 8-3 in LEC play. PSU finished tied for second in the regular season standings and earned the #3 seed for the LEC Tournament. The Panthers topped #6 UMass Dartmouth, 4-2, in a first round game 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 long-time rivals.
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