PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Five members of the Plymouth State University men's soccer team have been honored with selections to the 2005 All-Little East Conference Team. The announcement was made Monday by LEC Commissioner William M. Moore, and the teams were selected by the LEC's eight head coaches.
Leading the group of PSU honorees is junior back Bryan Biederman (Holderness, N.H.), who was named LEC Defensive Player of the Year. Biederman was joined on the All-LEC First Team by senior back Steve Balgach (Fairfield, Conn.), while senior midfielder Brad Wyman (Durham, N.H.), senior midfielder Chris Catatao (Burlington, Mass.) and freshman forward Semir Mehmedovic (Franklin, N.H.)were on the All-LEC Second Team.
Biederman (far left) and Balgach (left) anchor a Panther defense that has allowed only 18 goals in 18 games this season while recording six shutouts. PSU allowed more than two goals in a game only once this fall. Biederman, who was also a First Team All-LEC choice last season, has started all 55 games in his career. Balgach moved up to the First Team in 2005 after earning Second Team honors a year ago.
Wyman (right)earned Second Team honors despite missing five games with an injury. He and Balgach ended up tied for third on the team in scoring with four goals and two assists apiece. Wyman has started 39 of his 57 career games, with seven goals and 10 assists.
Catatao (far right) enjoyed the best season of his career, becoming a captain in pre-season and moving into the starting line-up. He finished second on the team in scoring this fall with four goals and three assists. After playing in only 10 games his first two, Catatao started 24 of his 32 games the past two years, and his career totals are now nine goals and four assists.
Mehmedovic (left) put together an outstanding rookie
season for the Panthers, leading the team and ranking seventh in
the LEC in scoring with 10 goals and five assists for 25 points.
His 10 goals this season are the most for a PSU scorer since 1999.
PSU, 11-3-4 overall, has earned its eighth post-season berth in the past nine years, and will host Albertus Magnus College Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in the first round of the ECAC Division III New England Tournament.
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