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November 3, 2003

Three PSU defensive players receive weekly honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three Plymouth State University student-athletes were on the receiving end of weekly honors Monday for their defensive efforts last week, two by the Little East Conference and one by the Freedom Football Conference.

Junior Nick Libera (Cromwell, Conn.) was named LEC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, junior Annie Metz (North Chelmsford, Mass.) was selected LEC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week, and junior Brett Allen (Seabrook, N.H.) was placed on the FFC Weekly Honor Roll.

A 6'2", 185-pound defender, Libera led a strong Panther defensive effort that posted a pair of 3-0 shutouts over Tufts and Rhode Island College, the ninth and 10th whitewashes for PSU this season. Libera also scored the game-winning goal and assisted on an insurance score in Saturday's win over RIC, an outcome that enabled the Panthers to gain a share of the LEC regular season title and earn the No. 1 seed in this week's conference tournament.

A 5'9" sweeper, Metz anchored a PSU defensive backfield that allowed but three goals in two games last week, helping the Panthers to victories over New England College and Framingham State. Plymouth State surrendered only seven shots in the win over Framingham, an outcome that allowed PSU to clinch the No. 2 seed in this week's conference tournament.

A 5'9", 205-pound linebacker, Allen was the leading tackler for the Panthers in last Saturday's loss to Coast Guard. A newcomer to the starting line-up, Allen made nine stops, including seven solo tackles, against the Bears. He now has 15 solo and 22 total tackles this season.

Allen will be back in action this Saturday against Southern Connecticut in the final regular season home game for the football team. The other Panther fall teams are all competing this week in the annual LEC Championship Tournaments.

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