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October 19, 2004

PSU names new Women’s Lacrosse Coach

PLYMOUTH, N.H.

- Plymouth State University has hired a new women's lacrosse coach, according to athletic director John P. Clark.

            The newest member of the Panther coaching staff is Paula Habel, a Massachusetts native who is a former standout student-athlete at Bridgewater State College.  Habel takes over from Wynne Lobel, who left PSU after four seasons to become the women's lacrosse coach at Bryant University.

            A 2003 graduate of Bridgewater State, Habel was a standout on both the women's basketball and lacrosse teams.  She served as captain for two seasons in basketball and three in lacrosse, and was a two-time Conference Offensive Player of the Year in lacrosse.  She was an ECAC Lacrosse All-Star two seasons and competed in the prestigious North-South game in 2003.

            Habel has worked a variety of sports camps as a coach, director and referee, and this past season served as assistant women's lacrosse coach at Stonehill College.

            "I enjoy working with student-athletes and helping them to continuously learn and grow," said Habel.  "As an assistant coach, I have gained quite a bit of knowledge about how a team is run.  I look forward to making a positive impact on the women's lacrosse team and the Plymouth State community."

            "We are excited about the hiring of Paula Habel as our new women's lacrosse coach," said Clark.  "She obviously has outstanding lacrosse experience, with all the honors and awards she's received, but we're also impressed with her leadership abilities, as evidence by her multiple years as captain in two sports.  We're confident she will do an excellent job with our women's lacrosse program."

            Habel inherits a team that is coming off the best season in school history.  The Panthers won their first 17 games, including the Little East Conference Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals before losing to Amherst College and finishing with a 17-1 overall record.

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