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December 6, 2006

Two Plymouth State Men’s Student-Athletes honored by the ECAC

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State University men's student-athletes have been recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for their accomplishments in Panther games last week.

Freshman Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md./DeMatha Catholic/Boston Harborwolves) was selected to the ECAC Northeast Ice Hockey Conference Weekly Honor Roll, and senior Devin Ruocco (Dover, N.H./Dover) was named to the ECAC Division III New England Men's Basketball Weekly Honor Roll. Both individuals are enjoying outstanding campaigns and have been honored several times this season by their respective conferences.

A 6'3", 190-pound forward, Chambers (left) scored two goals in the PSU hockey team's only game of the week as the Panthers pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory Saturday over Salve Regina. He scored once in the first period to help the Panthers a 2-0 lead, and then scored the overtime game-winner. Chambers, who was the ECAC Northeast Rookie of the Week seven days ago, leads the team and ranks among the conference leaders this season with 10 goals and 14 points in nine games.

A 6'4" forward, Ruocco (right) is also this week's Little East Conference Player of the Week after averaging 20.0 points and 5.3 rebounds, scoring at least 18 points in all three outings. He finished with 24 points and five rebounds last Tuesday in a 86-77 win over Colby-Sawyer, making 5-of-9 from three-point range; and he scored 18 points in the other two games, an 87-70 loss Thursday evening at Salem State and an 84-81 setback at home on Saturday to LEC foe Western Connecticut. Ruocco entered the week second in the conference in scoring (18.2 points per game) and 13th in rebounding (5.8 per game). He also leads the LEC in three-point field goals made (22) and is tied for fourth in three-point field goal percentage (50.0).

The Panther men's ice hockey team, 3-5-1 overall, is idle until competing in the Salem State Tournament on Dec. 27-28, while the men's hoop squad, 5-2, has four more games before the break for final exams and the holidays, beginning Thursday at Bridgewater State (8:00 p.m.) and Saturday at home against Little East Conference pre-season favorite Rhode Island College (3:00 p.m.)

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