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Little East weekly honors for PSU Student-Athletes

Panthers recognized in Soccer, Tennis and Field Hockey

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Little East Conference announced its first round of weekly award winners on Monday, and this week's group includes four Plymouth State University student-athletes.

            Senior Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) and freshman Petro Masumbuko (Manchester, N.H./Central) were named LEC Men's Soccer Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively;  senior Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.) was selected as LEC Women's Tennis Player of the Week; and freshman Leah Kenison-Marvin (Center Tuftonboro, N.H./Kingswood) was tabbed as LEC Field Hockey Rookie of the Week.

  Spear Masumbuko

            A 5'5" midfielder and co-captain, Spear scored three goals and added an assist in PSU's first two games, leading the Panthers to a 1-1 record at the ECAC Division III Fall Classic on the Cape.  He scored the first two goals in the second half of the opener Friday against Colby-Sawyer College, breaking open a scoreless deadlock en route to a 4-0 victory.  Spear also added a goal and an assist in Sunday's contest, setting up PSU's first goal and scoring the second to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead over John Jay late in the first half before the Bloodhounds rallied for a 5-4 overtime victory.

            A 5'8" forward, Masumbuko recorded a goal and an assist in PSU's first two contests.  He assisted on the game-winning goal in the second half of a 4-0 win Friday over Colby-Sawyer, and he scored the first goal of the game against John Jay Saturday in what turned out to be an overtime victory for the Bloodhounds.

Burke  Kenison-Marvin

            A 5'4 senior captain, Burke won her first two matches of the season Saturday with conference victories at No.1 singles and No. 1 doubles as PSU defeated Southern Maine, 8-1.  She teamed with partner Molly Heartfield (Dorset, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) to pull out a 9-7 win at No. 1 doubles, and then Burke won the top flight singles match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.

            A 5'10" forward, Kenison-Marvin scored four goals and assisted on a fifth, all in the consolation game of the Dottie Zenaty Invitational at Springfield College, as the Panthers went 1-1 in the tournament.  Kenison-Marvin assisted on the first goal and then scored two goals in the first half and two more in the second in an impressive 8-2 victory over St. John Fisher. 

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