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May 8, 2000

PSC Men's Lax players earn All-Pilgrim League honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College had five men's lacrosse players earn All-Star honors Monday when the Pilgrim League announced its 2000 Divisional All-Star Teams.

The highlight of the release was the naming of Panther junior Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.) as the Northwest Division Player of the Year. Joining Martocchio as Northwest Division All-Stars are junior attacker J.P. Sallese (Beverly, Mass.), senior long-stick midfielder Pete Slaski (Bayville, NY), senior defender Sean Murphy (Eliot, Maine) and sophomore goaltender Jon Clark (Yarmouth, Maine).

The group of players helped lead PSC to a 10-6 overall record under first-year coach Nate Ostis. The Panthers placed second in the division for the third straight year and made its third straight Pilgrim League play-off appearance, but lost in the opening round at Springfield, 24-6.

Martoccio has plastered his name all over the PSC record books. One of the nation's leading scorers with a remarkable 100 points (86 goals, 14 assists) in 16 games, he established PSC all-time standards for goals in a game (11), season (86) and career (196), and points in a season (100). He will go into his senior season 97 points shy of the school's all-time points mark of 323 (Scott Walden from 1993-96). Martocchio earned Pilgrim League weekly honors four times in six weeks this spring, and his 11 goals in an overtime win against Saint Michael's was the nation's best single-game output in Division III this season.

The main set-up man for Martocchio was classmate Sallese, who set his own school record this season with 54 assists. One of the national leaders this season in assists, he finished the spring with 26 goals and 80 points, which is the sixth-best single season in school history. Sallese has 94 career assists, fifth on the all-time list, and needs 56 next season to break the career mark of 150 (Steve Moltisanti from 1970-73).

Slaski and Murphy, who shared captain's duties for PSC this spring with senior Ben Stone (Acton, Mass.), led a strong Panther defensive unit. The group held six opponents under 10 goals in a game, allowing an average of 11.9 goals per contest. They were anchored by goaltender Clark, who registered 311 saves and a .630 saves percentage.

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