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April 10, 2000

Pilgrim League honor again for PSC Men's Lax player

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The leading scorer on the Plymouth State College men's lacrosse team has been honored by the Pilgrim League for the second time in three weeks.

Junior Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.) was selected Pilgrim League Northwest Division Player of the Week Monday after leading the Panthers with 18 goals during a 3-0 week. Martocchio was also named Pilgrim League Northwest Division Player of the Week on Mar. 28th.

A 5'8", 178-pound attackman, Martocchio connected on five goals and two assists last Monday in a 12-2 win over Salem State, added six goals Thursday in a 13-12 victory at Lasell College, and completed the week Saturday with a seven-goal, one-assist effort in a 13-8 triumph at Keene State. Martocchio has helped PSC and first-year coach Nate Ostis to a 5-2 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the Northwest Division of the Pilgrim League.

The high-scoring week gives Martocchio a remarkable 42 goals and four assists in seven games this season. He shares the NCAA Division III national goal scoring lead with 6.00 goals per game, and ranks ninth in Division III in points per game (6.25). Martocchio's 10-goal output in the season opener at Richard Stockton College on Mar. 20th is the top single-game goal-scoring performance this spring in all NCAA Divisions.

Martocchio is also making a serious assault on the PSC scoring record book. He had already broken the single-season goal scoring mark twice, scoring 53 in 1998 and totaling 57 in 1999. Martocchio has 42 goals in seven games this season, with eight regular-season games remaining. His 152 goals is third on the school's career list, behind only Scott Walden (176 from 1993-96) and Tony Calabro (156 from 1971-74), and his 172 points is fifth on PSC's all-time list, behind Walden (323), Steve Moltisanti (219 from 1970-73), Craig Keenhold (200 from 1989-92) and Josh Perry (188 from 1997-99).

PSC, which has played only one of its first seven games at Panther Field, will be home this Thursday (Apr. 13) to host St. Michael's in a non-conference match-up (3:30 p.m.).

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