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April 14, 2014

Little East Conference Honors for two PSU Student-Athletes

Gleason, Roberts represent Panthers on LEC weekly slate

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized with weekly recognition from the Little East Conference (LEC) Monday following their performances in Panther victories last week.

            PSU junior Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) was named LEC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week, and junior Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H./Kennett) was selected LEC Softball Pitcher of the Week. Gleason received the honor for the second straight week and seventh time in three years, while Roberts was recognized for the first time this season and second time in her career.

            A veteran midfielder, Gleason helped the Panthers to a 2-0 week by collecting 19 draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers. She recorded six draw controls, a ground balls and two caused turnovers in a non-conference win Wednesday over Bridgewater State, and she collected a season-high 13 draw controls, four ground balls and one caused turnover Saturday in PSU's LEC victory over Eastern Connecticut. Gleason also contributed to the offense with seven goals, including four against the conference-rival Warriors.

            A two-time All-Conference selection, Gleason continues to rank as one of the top players in Division III on draws. She leads the Little East and ranks 15th nationally in draw controls with 6.89 per game. Gleason is also tied for second on the team with 19 goals scored.

            A junior right-hander, Roberts posted a 3-0 record with a 0.41 earned run average and two shutouts in three appearances for the Panthers. She allowed just one earned run on nine hits and two walks in 17 innings of work while striking out 13. Roberts pitched a two-hit shutout over UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, and won both ends of a doubleheader against New England College Sunday, tossing a three-hit five-inning shutout in the opener and pitching five innings of relief in the nightcap, allowing only one run on four hits and fanning six.

            A Second Team All-Conference selection last year, Roberts is again among the top pitchers in the Little East this spring. She currently ranks fourth in the LEC in wins (7) and ERA (2.20) and eighth in opposing batting average (.263).

            Both Panther teams are hoping to get back on the field this week amid poor field conditions and scheduled rain storms. The Panther softball team is slated to host Castleton State College Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the home opener at D&M Park, while the women's lacrosse team has moved its game against LEC rival Keene State College to Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The New Hampton School. 

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