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PSC Men's Soccer player earns top LEC honor

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The leading scorer on the Plymouth State College men's soccer team has been recognized by the Little East Conference for the third time this season.

Senior Jesse Elderkin (Concord, NH) was selected LEC Player of the Week after a four-goal performance in a pair of conference wins last week, including both game-winners. He recorded his first career hat trick last Wednesday with three goals in a 5-0 win over Southern Maine, and added another goal Saturday in a 4-0 win over UMass Boston. Elderkin is having an outstanding season, scoring at least one goal in the last four games and nine of PSC's 14 matches. He is third in the conference in scoring with 13 goals, three assists and 29 points.

Seventh-year head coach Shawn Griffin has guided the Panthers to 12 wins and two ties in the first 14 games overall this season. The team is ranked #2 in New England and #10 in the nation in the NSCAA Division III polls, and is eyeing its second straight NCAA Tournament berth and third in four years.

Plymouth State's win Saturday at UMB clinches at least a share of a third straight LEC championship for PSC. The Panthers have won 14 straight conference games dating back to 1996, and can complete a second straight 7-0 conference season Saturday (Oct. 31) with a win at Eastern Connecticut (1:00 p.m.). PSC's four titles since the conference began men's soccer were in 1989, 1993, 1996 and 1997.

PANTHER NOTES: PSC's goalkeeper Shawn Higgins (Foxboro, MA) is one of the stingiest keepers in the nation. His slim 0.43 goals against average not only leads the LEC but ranks 7th in the latest NCAA Division III statistics. He has allowed only six goals in 1255 minutes over 14 games, with 62 saves and five individual shutouts and a hand in two team whitewashes.....Freshman Antoine Moiboueyi (Gabon, Africa) is a candidate for LEC Rookie of the Year honors. The rookie reserve has come off the bench and ignited the team, scoring nine goals in 11 games. He is eighth in the league in scoring, and improves with each game.

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