Little East Conference honors for five PSU student-athletes

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Five Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized by the Little East Conference Monday for their efforts in numerous Panther outings last week.

Senior Becky Landry (Nashua, N.H.) was selected LEC Women's Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week; junior Steve Libera (Cromwell, Conn.) was named LEC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week; senior Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) and sophomore Hayley Quinones (Waitsfield, Vt.) were selected LEC Women's Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively; and freshman Melanie Bates (Derry, N.H.) was named LEC Field Hockey Rookie of the Week.

A 5'8" middle hitter, Landry received the LEC's top offensive honor for the fourth time this season. She established a PSU match record Thursday with 34 kills in a 3-2 win over Middlebury, and averaged for the week 4.85 kills per game with a .392 attack percentage. Landry helped the Panthers to a 3-0 week, including conference wins over Rhode Island College and Eastern Connecticut, as PSU improved its overall record to 24-5 overall.

A 6'3" defender, Libera anchored a stingy Plymouth State men's soccer defense that surrendered just two goals and 14 shots in 220 minutes of action. His efforts helped the Panthers earn a pair of 1-1 draws with Endicott and Western Connecticut. Libera has helped PSU to a 10-2-2 record and the No. 7 spot in the New England rankings. Libera is in his first season on the Panther soccer team after transferring from Eastern Connecticut; he has played baseball at both ECSU and PSU.

Sheridan, a 5'7" defender, and Quinones, a 5'6" goalkeeper, anchored PSU's 1-0 women's soccer upset victory at Western Connecticut on Saturday, the only Panther game last week. Sheridan played outstanding defense and contributed the game-winning goal midway through the first half. Quinones earned her fourth shutout of the season with a nine-save effort, including a stop of a penalty kick with 30 seconds remaining to preserve the victory. Sheridan and Quinones have led PSU to a 9-4-1 mark, its best record in three years.

A 5'7" midfielder, Bates scored three goals in PSU Field Hockey's 1-1 week to remain one of the scoring leaders in the LEC. She notched a pair of goals in the Panthers' 9-1 win over Fitchburg State, and added another score in a 5-4 loss at Worcester State. Bates, who is second on the team and fifth in the LEC with 10 goals and two assists, has helped PSU to a 9-5 overall record this fall.

This is the final week of the regular season for all four Panther teams, with the LEC post-season tournaments beginning next week.

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