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September 25, 2000

LEC Honor for Panther sweeper

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The starting sweeper on the Plymouth State College men's soccer team has been honored by the Little East Conference for his role in two games last week.

Junior Magnus Eriksson (Arjang, Sweden) was named to the LEC Weekly Honor Roll, the first selection of his career. He provided both strong defense and solid all-around play as PSC split a pair of contests last week, including a victory over Eastern Connecticut Saturday in the LEC opener.

A 6'2", 190-pound defender, Eriksson led the Panthers last Wednesday despite a 1-0 loss to Wheaton, which is ranked #2 in New England and #12 in the nation in Division III. Eriksson then helped PSC register its third shutout of the season Saturday in a 2-0 win over ECSU, while assisting on PSC's second goal. Eriksson is a two-time All-LEC First Team selection.

Plymouth State is off to a 5-2 start this season under first-year head coach Keith Byrnes, and is ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA Division III New England poll. PSC's two losses have come to teams that are a combined 15-1 and are ranked No. 10 (Rowan, N.J., 8-1) and No. 12 (Wheaton, Mass., 7-0) in the nation.

The upcoming schedule doesn't get much easier for PSC, with four of the next five games against teams in the top 10 in New England. The Panthers will host Bates this Wednesday (Sept. 27) at 6 p.m., and arch-rival Keene State Saturday (Sept. 30) at 3 p.m., both games at Panther Field. Bates and Keene State are tied for third in this week's New England poll. Looming ahead are match-ups against 10th-ranked Tufts on Oct. 4 and sixth-ranked Salem State on Oct. 11.

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