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March 28, 2002

ECAC honor for Jeffs

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State College student-athletes who were selected Little East Conference Players of the Week in their respective sports have also been recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) as New England Players of the Week.

Panther sophomore Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) was selected ECAC New England Division III Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week, and freshman Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) was named ECAC New England Division III Pitcher of the Week. This is the first week of the spring season that the ECAC has selected its weekly honors.

A sophomore midfielder, Sheridan led the Panthers in scoring in PSC's two games. She scored two goals in the PSC's season-opening 12-5 setback to Trinity College, and added a career-high eight points (five goals and three assists) in the Panthers' 16-9 triumph over Dickinson. Sheridan, who led PSC with 40 goals last year, is atop the LEC statistics leaders with seven goals and 10 points.

A rookie right-hander, Jeffs finished the week with a 5-0 record and one save in eight appearances. She allowed just 21 hits and five runs (two earned) in 52.1 innings of work for a sparkling 0.27 earned run average. Jeffs tossed three one-hit shutouts, blanking Framingham State, Amherst and Bowdoin. She had a perfect game broken up against Amherst with two outs in the seventh inning, and had no-hitters stopped in the sixth inning of the other two.

Just 10 games into the season, Jeffs has already broken the PSC single-game and single-season strikeout records, as she fanned 91 batters while walking just two. The previous Panther season mark was 58 strikeouts by Jen Moulton in 1999. Jeffs whiffed at least nine batters in seven of her eight appearances, including double-figure strikeouts five times. Her 17-K effort against Amherst broke the PSC mark of 13 set by Charleen Leary in 1987.