Gbaley honored in football; Larocque, Stevens in men's ice hockey
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University student-athletes were honored by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Monday for their performances in Panther victories last week.
Freshman defensive back Prince Gbaley (Manchester, N.H./West) was named MASCAC Football Defensive Player of the Week and Co-Rookie of the Week. On the ice, freshman forward Tim Larocque (Middleboro, Mass.) was selected MASCAC Men's Hockey Rookie of the Week, and sophomore forward Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) was named to the MASCAC Weekly Honor Roll. Gbaley and Stevens were recognized by the MASCAC for the second week in a row, while Larocque is a first-time honoree.
A 5-11, 180-pound cornerback, Gbaley filled up the stat sheet in PSU's 23-6 victory over Fitchburg State in Saturday's season finale. He tallied two interceptions, including one returned 50 yards for a touchdown, as well as a fumble recovery, a tackle for a loss, three pass break-ups and a blocked punt, which was recovered in the end zone for a safety. Gbaley helped the Panther defense hold the Falcons to only 111 yards of offense in the win.
The PSU football team completed the season at 6-4 overall, its best record since 2010. The Panthers tied for third in the MASCAC, its best conference place since finishing runner-up in the New England Football Conference in 2009.
A 6'2, 205-pound freshman, Larocque scored two goals, including a game-winner, in a 2-0 week for the Panthers. He netted a goal to tie the score at 2-2 late in the second period in a 5-4 overtime triumph over UMass Dartmouth and tallied the overtime game-winner in the 6-5 victory Saturday over defending champion Salem State.
A 6'3, 200-pound sophomore transfer from Arizona State University, Stevens scored three goals in the 2-0 week for the Panthers. He tallied two goals in the 5-4 overtime win over UMass Dartmouth, including the overtime game-winner, and added a goal in the 6-5 overtime victory over Salem State.
The PSU men's hockey team, 3-2-0 overall and 2-0 in the MASCAC, plays two more conference games this week, Thursday at Framingham State University (7:40 p.m.) and Saturday at home vs. Fitchburg State on Salute the Troops Night at Hanaway Rink (6:00 p.m.)
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