PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University student-athletes were on the receiving end of top Little East Conference weekly honors Monday for their achievements in several Panther victories last week.
Sophomore Jill Deyermond (Atkinson, N.H./Timberlane) was named LEC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, while sophomore Leah Curtin (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) are the LEC Field Hockey Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively. Deyermond received the top LEC weekly honor for the first time since being named Rookie of the Week last season, while Spadafora earned her honor for the second time this season and Curtin is a first-time recipient.
A 5’6” sophomore, Deyermond (right) posted a perfect 4-0 record for the week (2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles) as PSU went 2-0. She won at No. 1 singles last Thursday in a non-conference victory over Castleton State, and at No. 2 singles in an LEC win Saturday over Western Connecticut. She also teamed up with partner Rachel Xavier (Meredith, N.H.) for a win at No. 1 doubles against Castleton State and No. 2 doubles against WestConn. Deyermond improved her season singles record to 7-6 and her doubles mark to 6-6.
A 5’8” goalie, Curtin (far left) recorded her first career shutout in PSU’s only game, a 4-0 LEC win Tuesday over Worcester State. She registered eight saves in the victory, including one on a Worcester State penalty stroke to preserve the whitewash. Curtin has posted a 4-0 record with a 1.17 goals against average in five outings this season, including the first four starts of her career.
A 5’3” junior forward, Spadafora (left) registered two goals and one assist, including the game-winning goal, in PSU’s only game, an LEC win Tuesday over Worcester State. She scored the first goal of the game just four minutes in, assisted on PSU’s third goal four minutes later, and added an insurance tally late in the second half as PSU went on to the 4-0 triumph. Spadafora is third on the team in scoring with five goals, three assists and 13 points.
Both Panther teams are challenging for the top spot in the conference. The PSU women’s tennis team finished second in the regular season standings with a 6-1 record (8-3 overall), and will defend its LEC title this weekend at the annual championship tournament, hosted by Western Connecticut. The PSU field hockey team is in second place in the LEC with a 5-1 mark (8-3 overall), one-half game behind first-place Fitchburg State.
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