Covach honored to represent Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University senior Michael Covach (Shillington, Pa.) was one of 29 student-athletes recognized for their outstanding sportsmanship as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) announced its 2019 Winter Sportsmanship Team on Wednesday.
Covach was chosen as the men's ice hockey representative from Plymouth State. The MASCAC Sportsmanship Team is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team in every sport that best demonstrates the values of the MASCAC and its Sportsmanship Statement, regardless of their overall performance or statistics for the season.
The sports represented on the winter team are men's and women's basketball, men's ice hockey and men's and women's indoor track and field. A student-athlete from each institution is selected by their coach to be placed on the team. Plymouth State is an affiliate member of the MASCAC in the sports of football and men's ice hockey.
Covach not only represented the Panthers well in terms of his sportsmanship, but his on-ice play made him one of the top hockey players in all of New England this winter. Named a New England Hockey Writers Association Division II/III All-Star earlier this week, Covach was chosen as one of six finalists for the 19th Joe Concannon Award two weeks ago – just the second Panther to be named a finalist for the prestigious award. An All-MASCAC First Team selection, Covach led the PSU offense with 40 points, including 28 assists – the seventh-highest season total in program history. His 1.00 assists per game ranked eighth in the nation, while his 1.43 points/game was among the top-20 in the country.
Plymouth State finished the season with a 17-8-3 mark, capturing a third straight MASCAC regular season title before blanking long-time rival Salem State University in the championship game to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history. PSU led #6/#8 Hobart College, 1-0, after the first period of the first round game, though the Statesmen rallied for a 2-1 win.
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