PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State College student-athletes received national recognition Thursday, honoring their outstanding performances during their highly successful spring seasons.
PSC softball's freshman pitching sensation Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) was named a Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Third Team All-America, and sophomore midfielder Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) was an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III New England Regional All-American Second Team selection.
Jeffs, who last month was voted Little East Conference Rookie of the Year and Co-Pitcher of the Year, completed a sensational freshman campaign. She led the nation in Division III with 360 total strikeouts (and only 12 walks in 215 innings) and ranked second with 11.7 strikeouts per seven innings. She also finished in the top 10 nationally with 21 victories and a 0.68 earned run average.
Jeffs re-wrote the Panther record book, setting 10 new PSC standards, including wins, ERA, shutouts (14), and strikeouts in a game (20), season and career. The 20 strikeouts against Fitchburg State on April 10th matched the NCAA Division III single-game record, and the only Division III pitcher in history to strike out more batters in a season than Jeffs is Kelly Schade of Simpson College, who fanned 371 as a senior in 1999.
Sheridan, who was the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player in the LEC Tournament, enjoyed a terrific season for the Panthers. She led the team in just about every category, including goals (67), assists (20), points (87), shots (129), ground balls (75) and draw controls (62).
Sheridan, who is already fourth on PSC's career scoring list (107 goals, 37 assists, 144 points), had one of the top two single-season offensive performances in school history, along with Terry Galley, who recorded 70 goals and 82 points in 1985. Sheridan is one of only two selections on the 32-member 2002 New England Regional All-America Team that is not from the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
The honors capped outstanding, record-breaking spring seasons for both the PSC softball and women's lacrosse teams. The Panther softballers, led by second-year head coach Harry Blood, finished 24-13-2 overall, setting a PSC record for wins in a season, and earned their first post-season berth in eight years. The women's lacrosse squad, guided by second-year head coach Wynne Lobel, captured the inaugural Little East Conference championship, earned its third straight post-season berth, and matched the school record for wins in a season by posting a 15-3 mark.