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October 29, 2001

Libera named LEC Rookie of the Week

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - On the eve of the Little East Conference Men's Soccer Tournament, one of the freshmen for Plymouth State College has been named LEC Rookie of the Week.

Freshman defender Nick Libera (Cromwell, Conn.) received the top rookie honor from the LEC this week. He was instrumental in a pair of PSC wins last week as the Panthers wrapped up the regular season in winning form.

A 6'3", 180-pound back, Libera played outstanding defense as well as adding a pair of goals. He tallied the decisive goal in the 74th minute in PSC's 2-1 non-conference triumph over Rivier last Monday, and he added an insurance goal in Saturday's key 2-0 LEC victory over UMass Dartmouth. They were Libera's first two goals of the season.

With the win over UMD, Plymouth State finishes the regular season at 10-5-0 overall and 6-1-0 in conference play. The Panthers will be the No. 2 seed in this week's LEC Tournament, and receive a bye in Tuesday's first round. PSC will host either third-seeded UMass Dartmouth or sixth-seeded Eastern Connecticut in one LEC semifinal Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at Panther Field.

The LEC title game is Sunday at 12 noon at the site of the highest remaining seed, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. PSC earned the NCAA berth last year after defeating Western Connecticut in the LEC semifinals, 5-0, and UMass Dartmouth in the LEC title game, 1-0, in triple overtime.

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