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May 20, 2003

All-America honor for Jeffs

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State College student-athletes have been recognized for their outstanding spring seasons, both of which included leading their Panther teams to an ECAC Division III New England Championship.

PSC softball's sophomore pitching sensation Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) was named a Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Second Team All-America, and junior midfielder Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) was an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III All-New England Region Second Team selection.

Jeffs, who was a Third Team All-American as a freshman, came back with another sensational year this spring. She set the NCAA Division III record with 375 strikeouts, and led the nation in wins (26), strikeouts, and strikeouts per seven innings (11.1). Jeffs completed the season with a 26-7 record and a 0.65 earned run average (7th in Division III), allowing only 138 hits, 12 walks and 35 runs (22 earned) in 236.0 innings. She went 21-8 with a 0.68 ERA as a freshman, fanning 360 in 215 innings.

Jeffs adds this to her growing list of honors. A two-time Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year and All-LEC First Team selection, she was named Most Outstanding Player at the ECAC New England Tournament earlier this month after leading the Panthers to the team title.

Sheridan makes her second straight appearance on the All-Region Team. She is one of only two selections on the 32-member All-New England Region Team that is not from the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Sheridan is also a two-time Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year and twice was named Most Outstanding Player in the LEC Tournament.

Sheridan had a terrific record-breaking campaign for PSC in 2003. She set school records for goals in a game (10), season (84) and career (191), and established the all-time Panther scoring record with 252 points (191 goals, 61 assists). She ranked fourth in the nation in Division III with 4.94 goals per game, and sixth with 6.35 points per game. Sheridan also led the team in draw controls (65) and ground balls (53).

These honors capped outstanding, record-breaking spring seasons for both the PSC softball and women's lacrosse teams. The Panther softballers, led by third-year head coach Harry Blood, finished 30-9 overall, setting a PSC record for wins in a season, and earned their first ECAC title since 1985. The women's lax squad, guided by third-year head coach Wynne Lobel, finished 14-3, captured its second straight Little East Conference championship, and earned its first ECAC title since 1984. PSC's two ECAC New England championships this spring were clinched about an hour apart on Sunday, May 11th.