Newhard, Wakefield recognized by LEC
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The leading scorer and the top defensive player for the Plymouth State University field hockey team were both among those to earn All-Little East Conference honors when the league announced its major awards winners and all-conference teams on Thursday.
Newhard, a 5-10 defender, started 15 games for the Panthers tallying two goals and a pair of assists while anchoring a defense that allowed the fifth-fewest goals in the conference. Known for her powerful drives, Newhard scored the game-winning goal in Plymouth State's 4-1 win over UMass Dartmouth on Oct. 9, while adding a late tally in a 2-1 setback at Southern Maine on Oct. 17. It is the first All-Conference recognition of her career.
Wakefield ends the season as the Panthers' top scorer for the second straight year. She topped the team with six goals and 14 points, including a pair of game winning tallies in back-to-back games in September. She drove home a rebound with 4:37 remaining in overtime to lift PSU to a 2-1 win over Bridgewater State on Sept. 8, then picked up a pair of scores to lead the Panthers to a 3-1 win over Framingham State six days later. Wakefield was an All-LEC First Team recipient a year ago.
Led by 19-year head coach Bonnie Lord, the Panthers finished the year at 5-11 including a 5-7 mark in Little East play. PSU finished tied for eighth in the LEC standings, but missed out on the postseason for just the second time under Lord's guidance after losing the tiebreaker for the final playoff spot.
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