PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A Plymouth State College women’s soccer player has received the Little East Conference Player of the Week honor for the first time this season.
Junior Caitlin Cook (Cutchogue, NY) earned this week’s top LEC honor after a breakout performance in two PSC wins last week. The 5’2″ forward connected on three goals in last Wednesday’s 5-4 victory over Bridgewater State, and came back Saturday with two goals and two assists in a key LEC victory over arch-rival Keene State.
Cook, who scored nine goals and six assists last season, had been held scoreless in PSC’s first four games before last week. Her five goals and two assists rank her in a tie for sixth in the conference in scoring, and improves her career totals to 16 goals and nine assists.
The two wins for PSC bumped the Panthers up to #6 in the NSCAA Division III New England poll. Plymouth State, now 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the LEC, plays two more tough games this week at Panther Field against regionally ranked teams — Thursday (Oct. 1) against Gordon College (3:30 p.m.) and Saturday (Oct. 3) vs. defending LEC champion Western Connecticut (12:00 p.m.). Gordon is ranked 10th in New England and Western Conn. is ranked #4 in the Metro region.
Panther Notes: Cook’s offensive production came at the right time for Plymouth State, as the Panthers will be without their top returning scorer for the rest of the season. Sophomore Carrie Poulin (Westfield, MA), a Second Team All-American last season with 22 goals, will miss the remainder of the year. After suffering from a muscle bruise earlier this season, Poulin fractured her fibula against Bridgewater State and is sidelined for the season.…..Two others who have contributed to the offense are sophomore Jess Branch (West Tisbury, MA) and freshman Jill Wolters (Sussex, NJ), each with three goals. Branch had the only goal in a 1-0 win at Brandeis, and Wolters scored the game-winner against Bridgewater State, and tallied the first goal against KSC…. Sophomore defender Mary Young (Rockland, MA) played a strong game against Keene State, and was selected Homecoming MVP…….PSC won seven straight Little East Conference titles from 1990-96. Plymouth State and Keene State were tied for first in the LEC pre-season coaches’ poll, with defending champ Western Connecticut third. ……. PSC is in its first season under head coach Beth Field, who’s went to four NCAA Tournaments as a PSC player (1988-91) and served four years as a Panther assistant coach before taking over as head coach last spring.