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Little East Conference weekly honors for PSU Softball and Men’s Lax players

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized with top weekly honors by the Little East Conference Monday for their performances in Panther victories last week.

Sophomore Rachel Pothier (Reading, Mass.) was selected the LEC Softball Co-Player of the Week, freshman Becca DiPietro (Portsmouth, R.I.) was named the LEC Softball Rookie of the Week, and senior Steve Valeri (Chelmsford, Mass.) was tabbed the LEC Men's Lacrosse Co-Defensive Player of the Week. All three were honored after leading the Panther softball and men's lacrosse teams to 2-0 records for the week.

A sophomore third baseman, Pothier went 6-for-7 (.857) last Saturday with four doubles and four RBI to help PSU sweep an LEC doubleheader from UMass Dartmouth. She was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in the first game, a 9-2 Panther win, and she was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI in the nightcap, a 6-1 victory. Pothier, who also stole a base in each game, leads the team with a .429 batting average.

A freshman catcher/designated player, DiPietro batted .571 (4-for-7) with three doubles, three runs scored and five RBI to help PSU in the twinbill sweep of UMD. She was 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs scored and two RBI in the first game and 1-for-3 with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly in the nightcap. Her performance for the day upped her season batting average to .316.

A senior and four-year starter in goal, Valeri recorded two wins, a 4.20 goals against average and a .789 saves percentage in two games last week, leading PSU to a pair of victories. He needed to make just seven saves in the first 55 minutes Thursday to post an 11-5 win over New England College, and he stopped a career-high 23 shots Saturday while allowing only four goals in PSU's tight 6-4 LEC win at WestConn. The 23 saves eclipsed the mark of 21 he set in an ECAC Tournament semifinal win over Eastern Connecticut two years ago.

The week's performances left the Panther softball team with a 7-6 overall record, 2-0 in conference play, while the men's lacrosse team improved to 3-2 overall, 1-0 in the LEC.

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