PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three members of the Plymouth State University women's soccer team were recognized Wednesday with selections to the 2009 Little East Conference All-Star Team, and the whole Panther squad was honored by being voted the LEC Team Sportsmanship Award.
Senior co-captain Lauren Lavery (Nashua, N.H./South) was named to the All-LEC First Team for the second straight year, while two other Panthers received their first post-season honor on the Second Team - senior defender Ariana Hunt (Pierre, S.D./T.F. Riggs) and junior forward Rebecca Wilson (Clinton, Conn./The Morgan School). This is the first year for the LEC Team Sportsmanship Award, which went to Plymouth State, led by head coach Gene Smith. The All-LEC team is selected by a vote of the Little East head coaches and was announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
Lavery (right) was voted back on the All-LEC First Team after another outstanding season. She led the Panthers in scoring with 10 goals and eight assists, and ranked second in the LEC in assists per game and third in points per game. She increased her totals over last year when she was an All-Conference pick and led the team in scoring with seven goals and four assists.
Lavery has also become one of PSU's all-time offensive leaders. She ranks sixth in the PSU record books in career assists (20), tied for eighth in career points (66) and tied for 11th in career goals (23).
Hunt (far left) took over at center back this season in her first year after transferring to Plymouth State. She started every game on defense and played nearly every minute, anchoring a Panther defense that had a 2.02 goals against average. Her efforts as an outstanding defender were recognized by the opposing coaches.
Wilson (near left) enjoyed a breakout season for the Panther offense. After missing her freshman year with an injury and scoring only one goal in 15 games off the bench last year, Wilson started nine out of 17 games this season and scored a team-high 11 goals. She ranked fourth in the LEC in goals scored and sixth in points. Wilson had a hat trick in a win over Green Mountain College and two goals in a comeback victory over Bridgewater State.
Plymouth State finished the season with a 6-9-2 overall record, and tied for seventh in the LEC with a 1-6 mark.
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