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PSU Softball and Men’s Lacrosse players earn LEC honors

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The leading slugger on the Plymouth State University softball team and two standouts on the PSU men’s lacrosse team were recognized Monday with top weekly honors from the Little East Conference (LEC).

            Junior Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine) was named LEC Softball Player of the Week, and juniors Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) and Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) were selected LEC Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player and Goalie of the Week, respectively.  They helped lead the Panther squads last week as the softball team posted a 3-1 record and the men’s lax team captured a pair of overtime victories.

Kortney Nedeau             A junior catcher/designated player, Nedeau (right) had an outstanding week, batting .615 (8-for-13) with two doubles, four home runs, 10 runs batted in and six runs scored.  She went 1-for-3 with a double and 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday’s doubleheader at Castleton State, and she had a monster day Thursday in PSU’s home opener vs. Fitchburg State, going 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs and six RBI in the first game and 1-for-2 with a walk, a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in the second game.  Nedeau played error-free ball in her two games at catcher, while serving as the designated player in the other two.

            Nedeau shares the LEC lead for the season with six home runs and she tops the conference in slugging percentage (.836).  The Panther slugger is also ranked ninth in on-base percentage (.441) and 10th in batting average (.400).

Andrew Eriksen             A 5’10”, 160-pound attackman, Eriksen (left) helped PSU to a 2-0 week with eight points (four goals, four assists) in a pair of overtime victories.  He scored two goals and added three assists in Wednesday’s 5-4 win over Lasell, including the game-winning goal in overtime, and he scored two goals with one assist in Saturday’s 9-8 victory at Salem State.  He also collected three ground balls against Lasell and one vs. Salem State.

            Eriksen, who leads the Panthers with 23 goals, 10 assists and 33 points, ranks ninth in the LEC in goals and assists per game and seventh in points per game.

Kevin Hayes             A 6’2”, 182-pound goalie, Hayes (right) registered a 2-0 record with a 5.93 goals against average and a .556 saves percentage as PSU won two overtime games.  He made eight saves in Wednesday’s 5-4 win over Lasell, and he stopped seven shots in Saturday’s 9-8 triumph at Salem State.  Hayes also collected six ground balls against Lasell.

            Hayes, a two-year starter for the Panthers, ranks second in the LEC among starting goalies with a 7.76 goals against average, and third in save percentage (.553).  He averages slightly fewer than nine saves per outing.

            The Panther softball team, 9-12 overall and 2-2 in the LEC, plays eight games this week, beginning with a home doubleheader on Tuesday against rival Keene State.  The PSU men’s lax squad, 4-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play, wraps up the regular season home schedule with two games this week, Tuesday vs. Southern Maine and Saturday on Senior Day at Panther Field against UMass Dartmouth.

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