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PSU Athletics announces annual department awards

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Six of the top student-athletes at Plymouth State University have been honored with the announcement of the athletic department's annual awards for 2004-05.

PSU recognizes the top athletic performances each year with the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year Award and the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year Award.  The top scholar-athletes in each gender receive the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Awards, and the top seniors are selected for the John C. Foley Leadership Awards.  The awards all honor former coaches and educators who were pioneers in the development of athletics at Plymouth State.

Senior men's basketball star Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) is the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year.  Pelotte received a long list of honors after concluding a terrific season and career, including All-America and ECAC New England Player of the Year.

Senior field hockey standout Annie Metz (Chelmsford, Mass.) is the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year.  Metz was named All-New England as well as Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year and led the Panthers to the ECAC New England Championship.

Senior lacrosse midfielder Steve Skinner (Hingham, Mass.) and senior basketball forward Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) are the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award recipients.  A four-year starter and former All-Little East Conference selection, Skinner helped the lacrosse team to its best season in years.  A biology major, he receives the award for the second straight year. Devereaux, a childhood studies major, earned All-Conference honors after leading the team in scoring and rebounding and was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team.

Senior wrestler Nate Kittredge (Vergennes, Vt.) and senior softball pitcher Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.), are the recipients of the John C. Foley Leadership Awards.  Kittredge won the New England Championship at 184 pounds and advanced to the NCAA Championship meet, finishing his career with over 100 career victories.  Jeffs earned All-LEC honors for the fourth straight season and finished her career as one of the top pitchers in NCAA Division III history and graduated with a degree in meteorology.

All of the award recipients were co-captains of their teams and will be honored in a formal ceremony at PSU this fall.  Complete profiles of the student-athletes follow.


Nick Pelotte, Basketball (Sr., Bingham, Maine) (Co-captain)

Third Team All-America (National Assoc. of Basketball Coaches)...Fourth Team All-America (D3hoops.com)...ECAC New England Player of the Year...ECAC All-New England 1st Team...All-Little East Conference 1st Team...N.H. Coaches Association MVP...Ranked 3rd in the nation in scoring (28.1 points/game)...Led Little East Conference in scoring and assists (4.55/game)...named Most Outstanding Player in LEC Tournament after registering PSU-record 62 points and 13 assists in championship game (3rd highest scoring game in country)...LEC Player of the Week four times and ECAC New England Player of the Week three times...third player in school history to score more than 2,000 points (2,111)...Led PSU to 3rd place in LEC regular season and third straight appearance in LEC championship game...PSU advanced to ECAC Tournament (fourth straight post-season berth), but was upset in 1st round.


Annie Metz, Field Hockey (Sr., Chelmsford, Mass.) (Co-Captain)

Named All-New England West Region First Team (one of only four non-NESCAC players among the 32 selections)...Named Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Star...Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week once (one of only two non-goalies to win award)...anchored a Panther defense that allowed only 27 goals in 19 games... also contributed to the offense with six goals and three assists after registering only one assist in her first three seasons...PSU finished second in the LEC in the regular season and finished runner-up in the LEC Tournament...PSU made its fifth straight post-season appearance, capturing the ECAC New England Championship and finishing with an 18-4 overall record, setting the program record for wins in a season.


Steve Skinner, Lacrosse (Sr., Hingham, Mass.) (Co-Captain)

3.67 GPA...Biology major...Chemistry minor....Received 2004 Van Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award.... Teacher's Assistant and tutor in Anatomy and Physiology....Human Anatomy and Physiology Undergraduate Fellowship...member of PSU's Science Society...Hunter Barton Academic Scholarship ...Abstract published in Journal of Neurobiology...participated in Dartmouth College's Medical Student for a Day program...team co-captain the past three seasons... overcame several injuries this year to lead team to its best season in several years...starter as attackman...nominated for Academic All-America the past two years...First Team All-Little East Conference in 2004, when he tied for the team lead and ranked fourth in the conference in scoring (25 goals, 12 assists, 37 points)...organized several fund-raising events...Received team's Panther Award...."Our best leader off the field and the best player on the team," said Coach Andrew Brauch.


Lauren Devereaux, Basketball (Sr., Hope Valley, R.I.) (Co-captain)

3.85 GPA...Childhood Studies Major (Teacher Cert. Option)...History minor...Earned perfect 4.0 GPA in Fall semester 2004... Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education)...Who's Who Among Student's in American Universities and Colleges... All-Little East Conference Second Team...selected to the New England Senior All-Star game ...led PSU in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage...ranked ninth in the conference in both scoring and rebounding, and second in field goal percentage... All-New Hampshire First Team (N.H. Women's Basketball Coaches Assoc.)...All-Tournament Team at Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament...Little East Conference Player of the Week once and Weekly Honor Roll twice...named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team...Received team's Panther Award...Spoke on behalf of PSU student-athletes at the dedication of the Vailas Performance Center...Served on Student Senate and as Admissions Tour Guide...Received Admissions Undergraduate Fellowship..."Lauren has been an outstanding role model for PSU Women's Basketball and our Athletic Dept.," said Coach Lauren Lavigne.


Nate Kittredge, Wrestling (Sr., Vergennes, Vt.) (Co-captain)

Captured New England Championship at 184 pounds, and qualified for the NCAA Championships...finished season with a 31-8 overall record and nine pins, leading the team in wins...Placed first at the PSU Invitational, and was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler...captured 100th career win in last regular season match, and completed career with 105-23 record...."Nate earned an incredible amount of respect from his coaches and teammates. It was not his performance at the New England Championships that was so impressive; it was his incredible work ethic during the season that provided such a positive example. Nate was also a role model off the mat as a captain, helping turn the wrestlers into positive leaders in the community," said Coach Jason Holder.


Kim Jeffs, Softball (Sr., Stoughton, Mass.) (Co-captain)

All-Little East Conference First Team...Four-time All-LEC pick, three times on the First Team...former two-time All-America (2002-03) and LEC Pitcher of the Year...finished career as one of the all-time leading pitchers in NCAA Division III history....holds several NCAA records as well as every PSU single-game, single-season and career pitching mark...named Most Outstanding Player in the 2003 ECAC New England Tournament after leading PSU to the championship.... Featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces In The Crowd in 2002, and featured on the back page of The NCAA News in 2004 for her interest in her meteorology major as well as her softball success...."Kim has represented PSU with dignity, class and grace, on and off the softball field. Her commitment to both softball and her meteorology degree was extraordinary! Kim is one of the best student-athletes PSU has ever had," said Coach Bruce Addison.


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