By Erin Pepe, Student Assistant
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State College presented its annual “Panther Awards” for six spring athletes and one athletic trainer, in a ceremony that was held recently in the Hartman Union Building on campus.
Five seniors, one junior and a sophomore received the prestigious award. Senior Jason Freeman (Manhasset, NY) was honored for the baseball team and classmate Sara Wormwood (Rutland, VT) captured the woman’s softball award. Other winners were junior Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, CT) of the men’s lacrosse team, seniors Jenn Hilbert (Lyme, NH) and Faith Wahlen (Hampstead, NH) of the women’s lacrosse team, sophomore Josh Kozack (Londonderry, NH) of the men’s tennis team, and student athletic trainer Chris Tetrault (Somerset, Mass.)
Following each sports season the Panther awards are presented to the individuals who best represent Plymouth State on and off the field of competition. Each of PSC’s 18 teams and the athletic training staff set their own criteria for the award.
A senior second baseman, Jason Freeman capped off an outstanding four-year career with the Panthers, earning Honorable Mention on the All-Little East Conference team. He batted safely in 16 of his final 17 games, finishing with a career-best .380 batting average. Freeman closes out his 116-game career with a .312 batting average, 86 runs, 16 doubles, three triples, two home runs, and 52 RBI.
A senior tri-captain, Sara Wormwood concluded an outstanding career in a Panther uniform with her third All-LEC selection, having earned the same honors in 1997 and 1999. A power-hitting first baseman, she batted .346 with a team-leading eight doubles, five home runs, 25 RBI and 33 runs scored. She etched her name in the PSC record book as the all-time leader in home runs in a game (2), season (7) and career (16).
A record-setting attacker, Jim Martoccio has plastered his name all over the PSC men’s lacrosse record books. One of the nation’s leading scorers with a remarkable 100 points (86 goals, 14 assists) in 16 games, he established PSC all-time standards for goals in a game (11), season (86) and career (196), and points in a season (100). He goes into his senior season 97 points shy of the school’s all-time points mark of 323.
Standouts on a Panther team that made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Faith Wahlen and Jenn Hilbert were co-winners of the women’s lacrosse award. Both were First Team All-Stars in the New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance, helping PSC to its first NEWLA Championship. A defender her first two seasons, Wahlen led the offense this spring with 38 goals, 25 assists and 63 points. Hilbert was a two-year starter after transferring to Plymouth State, with previos stints at Dartmouth and Goucher Colleges.
One of the Panther co-captains, Josh Kosack turned in the top performance among the men’s tennis players. He finished the season with a 5-5 singles record, playing in the No. 2 position, and tied for third in the Little East Conference Championships. He also posted a 5-6 mark at No. 1 doubles, and again tied for third in the LEC Championships.
Chris Tetrault was selected for the award among the student athletic trainers. A former trainer for the PSC field hockey and ice hockey squads, she served this year as student trainer for the Panther football team.