All-LEC Honors for six Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Six members of the Plymouth State College men's lacrosse team were honored when the Little East Conference announced the 2001 All-Star Teams. Two Panthers were selected to the All-LEC First Team and four others were named to the Second Team.
Senior attackmen Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.) and J.P. Sallese (Beverly, Mass.) were PSC's representatives on the All-LEC First Team. Senior defenders Sean Clancy (Penfield, N.Y.) and Brian White (Guilford, Conn.), junior goalie Jon Clark (Yarmouth, Maine) and sophomore midfielder Ken McGuire (Wayland, Mass.) were Panther selections on the Second Team.
The selections were based on voting by the league's head coaches. This is the first year that the LEC has sponsored men's lacrosse as an official conference sport. Martocchio, Sallese and Clark earned Pilgrim League All-Star honors last season.
Martocchio and Sallese had outstanding offensive seasons for PSC, capping off terrific careers in a Panther uniform. Sallese led the team in assists (49) and points (78) while Martoccio scored the most goals (56). Both were LEC All-Tournament Team selections, and both were selected to the prestigious East-West Senior All-Star game last weekend.
Both Martocchio and Sallese are among the NCAA Division III national leaders this season in offense. Sallese ranks third in the nation in assists/game (3.43) and 14th in points/game (5.43), and Martocchio is ranked ninth in Division III in goals per game (3.86).
McGuire finished third on the team in scoring from his midfield position, scoring 20 goals and adding 17 assists.
Clark anchored the Panther defense from his goalie position. He registered a 10.96 goals against average and a solid .615 saves percentage. Along with White, the only returning defensive starter this season, and Clancy, who moved from midfield to defense this season, the Panthers allowed only 10.73 goals per game this spring.
The Panthers finished the 2001 season with its first post-season berth in 12 years. PSC participated in the ECAC New England Tournament, losing to eventual champion Bowdoin, and finished the season with a 7-8 overall record under second-year head coach Nate Ostis.