Three PSU Student-Athletes receive weekly conference recognition

Three PSU Student-Athletes receive weekly conference recognition

Economos, Morelli honored in Men's Ice Hockey; Allaire tabbed in Women's Diving

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized Monday with weekly recognition from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) and the Little East Conference (LEC) for their performances in Panther contests last week.

            Senior Michael Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was named MASCAC Men's Ice Hockey Player of the Week, sophomore Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) made his third straight appearance on the MASCAC Weekly Honor Roll, and freshman Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) was named LEC Women's Rookie Diver of the Week.

            A 6'1, 215-pound forward, Economos collected three points in a 2-0 week for the Panthers with two goals and one assist. He tallied a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win over Framingham State and tacked on a third-period insurance goal on a power play in Saturday's 4-2 triumph at Fitchburg State. Economos ranks fifth in the MASCAC in scoring with 18 points and ranks third with 11 goals.

            A 6'1, 190-pounder, Morelli made 30 saves with a .938 percentage in Saturday's 4-2 road victory over Fitchburg State. He turned away a game-high 16 shots in the second period in what was at the time a one-goal game. Morelli leads the MASCAC in winning percentage (.688, 5-2-1) and ranks sixth with a 3.08 goals against average and eighth with an .891 save percentage.

            The Panthers, 10-5-2 overall and 8-1-1 in the MASCAC, play conference games Thursday at Worcester State University (8:30 p.m.) and Saturday at home against Westfield State University (6:00 p.m.)

            A freshman diver, Allaire set a school record while posting three victories and one runner-up in four diving events last week as the Panthers split a pair of Little East dual meets. She captured both diving events in PSU's win over Western Connecticut State University, scoring 203.0 points on one meter and a season-best 217.25 on three-meter. Allaire then set the school record with a score of 248.80 on one-meter in a meet against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and took first place on the high board with another season-high score of 229.60.

            The Panthers swimmers and divers completed the dual meet season with a 5-4 record. The remaining meets are the Little East Conference Championships at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 4, and the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the University of Rhode Island from Feb. 17-19.

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