Little East weekly honors for three PSU Student-Athletes

Little East weekly honors for three PSU Student-Athletes

Bates (FH), Schmidt (WS), Nilsson (MS) recognized for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University student-athletes were honored by the Little East Conference (LEC) Monday for their performances in a number of Panther victories last week.

            Sophomore Alivia Bates (Pensauken, N.J./Pennsauken) was tabbed as the LEC Field Hockey Goalkeeper of the Week; junior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H./Newmarket) was named LEC Women's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week; and freshman Viktor Nilsson (Stockholm, Sweden) was selected LEC Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week. The three were recognized as all three Panthers teams are heading down the home stretch of the regular season with eyes on the LEC playoffs.

            A 5'5" netminder, Bates did not allow a goal in two LEC victories, posting her fourth and fifth shutouts of the season. She made six saves in a 1-0 double-overtime triumph over rival Keene State College, stopping the Owls' 30-game LEC regular season winning streak, and came back with four saves in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Westfield State, which helped the Panthers clinch at least a share of the LEC regular season title.

            Bates leads the LEC in goals against average (1.22) and shutotus (5), and ranks third in save percentage (.824). She is also 25th among 150 goalies in NCAA Division III in save percentage and 34th in goals against average.

            A 5'9" keeper, Schmidt posted a 0.93 goals against average, a .880 save percentage and one shutout to lead PSU to a 2-0-1 record in three games last week. She stopped 10 shots in both Wednesday's 2-0 whitewash over New England College and Saturday's 2-2 overtime deadlock vs. UMass Dartmouth, and made two saves in Sunday's 2-1 decision over Lyndon State. The clean sheet against NEC was her second shutout of the season

            Schmidt ranks second in the LEC in save percentage (.845) and fourth in goals against average (1.34). She is 57th among 200 goalies in NCAA Division III in save percentage.

            A 5'9" freshman forward, Nilsson had his best day of the season Saturday with three goals in Plymouth State's 5-0 win over UMass Dartmouth. He scored back-to-back goals out of the locker room to extend PSU's lead to 3-0, and rounded out the scoring in the 84th minute to complete the hat trick. He helped the Panthers clinch their first LEC playoff berth since 2012.

            Nilsson, who has started 11 out of PSU's 14 games, is now tied for second on the team with four goals and one assist, including one game-winning goal.

            The regular season concludes for all three Panther teams this Saturday, with playoff seedings to be determined at the end of the week.

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