PLYMOUTH, N.H. - A national powerhouse in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Plymouth State College women's soccer program will honor one of its all-time greats Saturday with the retirement of uniform #15.
The number will be retired in honor of Mary-Bridget Pawlik-Blandini, who was a Panther star from 1990-93. The retirement ceremony will take place Saturday (Oct. 16) at halftime of PSC's Homecoming women's soccer game against Rhode Island College, which begins at 6 p.m. at Panther Field. Joining in the ceremony will be PSC President Don Wharton, Athletic Director Steve Bamford, former PSC head women's soccer coach and current Boston University head coach Nancy Feldman, and current PSC head women's soccer coach Rebecca Lisack.
Pawlik-Blandini, who will also be inducted into PSC's Athletic Hall of Fame later this month in her first year of eligibility, becomes the first woman at Plymouth State College to have her number retired. She joins only three men who have received the honor - soccer player Steve Clark, football player Joe Dudek, and basketball player Moses Jean-Pierre.
One of the finest athletes ever at Plymouth State, female or male, Pawlik-Blandini was a standout on the Panther women's soccer team from 1990-93. A dominating offensive player, Pawlik-Blandini became PSC's all-time women's soccer scoring leader with 56 goals and 140 points. She led PSC to four straight NCAA Tournament berths from 1990-93, including a pair of Final Four appearances and a combined record of 60-9-4. She received All-America honors in '92 and '93, and was the Little East Conference Player of the Year both years.
A native of North Andover, Mass., Pawlik-Blandini scored a school-record 19 goals as a junior, and came back to break her own mark with 20 goals as a senior in 1993. That year she received her highest honor by being selected NCAA Division III National Player of the Year.
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