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October 9, 2000

Top LEC Honors for Thomson and Hanafin

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State College men's soccer team have been recognized by the Little East Conference for their roles in helping PSC to a pair of key victories last week.

Junior Garry Thomson (Glasgow, Scotland) was selected the LEC Player of the Week, and freshman Brian Hanafin (Londonderry, NH) was named the conference Rookie of the Week. They were instrumental as PSC ran its winning streak to five with victories over Tufts and Western Connecticut.

The winning streak has improved PSC's record to 9-2-0 overall, and 3-0-0 in the LEC, good for first place. The Panthers are also tied for fourth (with Wheaton and Babson) in this week's Division III New England poll.

A 6'2", 190-pound midfielder, Thomson scored his first two goals of the season last Wednesday in a 4-3 victory over Tufts, which was ranked ninth in New England. He came back with the game-winning goal Saturday against Western Connecticut, heading home the clincher with nine minutes remaining in the contest.

A 5'11", 170-pound midfielder, Hanafin scored only one goal on the week, but it was a big one. He drilled home his first goal of the season in the 84th minute against Tufts, breaking a 3-3 tie and handing the Jumbos their first non-conference loss since November 1998.

PSC returns home to Panther Field this Wednesday (Oct. 11) at 7 p.m. to host Salem State, the last non-conference match of the season. The Panthers then wrap up the regular season with four consecutive LEC affairs.

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