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April 16, 2007

Three PSU student-athletes receive Little East Conference weekly honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three Plymouth State University student-athletes, two seniors and a freshman, were honored by the Little East Conference Monday with top weekly honors in the sports of baseball, softball and women's lacrosse.

Senior Josh Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.) was selected the LEC Baseball Player of the Week; senior Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass./Algonquin) was named LEC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, and freshman Kat Roland (Norton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) was chosen LEC Softball Co-Pitcher of the Week.

A senior center fielder, Labossiere batted .643 for the week (9-for-14) with two doubles, a triple, three RBI and five runs scored as PSU went 1-2, including a split of an LEC doubleheader with UMass Dartmouth. He was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in Wednesday's 8-2 loss to Middlebury; he went 4-for-6 with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored in the first game of the twinbill with UMD, and finished the day 3-for-4 in the nightcap with a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored. Labossiere raised his batting average to .357, second-highest on the team.

A senior midfielder, Cupoli recorded 16 points in three games on 12 goals and four assists, leading PSU to a 2-1 record (2-0 in LEC games). She scored two goals Tuesday in a 12-8 loss at nationally-ranked Colby; matched her career-high with four goals and one assist Friday in a 12-2 LEC win at Keene State; and notched career-highs with six goals and nine points in Saturday's 19-6 conference victory at Rhode Island College. She also collected eight ground balls, nine draw controls and six caused turnovers for the week, including four ground balls and six draw controls in the win at RIC. Cupoli leads the LEC in assists (1.5 per game) and ranks among the top 10 in goals (2.2 per game) and points (3.7 per game).

A freshman right-hander, Roland posted a 2-0 record with a 0.00 earned run average in two appearances, both times leading the Panthers to victory in the second game of a doubleheader after a loss in the opener. She pitched 14 innings, allowing just nine hits, two walks, and one unearned run while striking out 14 and posting her first career shutout. She pitched a four-hit shutout with five strikeouts in a 6-0 win over Salem State on Monday, and she gave up just five hits and an unearned run while fanning nine in a 2-1 win over Saint Joseph's (Maine) on Wednesday. Roland ranks sixth in the LEC in ERA (2.02), seventh in strikeouts (38) and tied for fifth in wins (5).

All three Panthers teams, along with men's lacrosse, hope to resume action later this week when the fields and sky return to dry.

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