Seven Owls Earn LEC Weekly Honors
'KEENE, N.H. 10/31/05 - Keene State College was well represented on the list of athletes earning Little East Conference honors this week with seven Owls earning recognition.
Cal Mintz and Mike Cooley were named men's soccer defensive player and rookie of the week respectively. In two games last week, Mintz gave up just one goal and stopped 19 shots to help lead the Owls to a 1-0-1 record. In a battle of the LEC's two top teams, Mintz came up big as he made 12 saves, including two point-blank stops in double overtime, to preserve a 1-1 tie at Rhode Island College. Mintz, a sophomore from Westport, Conn., then registered seven saves in just over 81 minutes of action in KSC's, 3-0, victory over UMass Boston. With the victory, the Owls clinched their third consecutive LEC Regular Season Championship.
Cooley, a freshman from Northborough, Mass., had five points on two goals and one assist in the Owls' 1-0-1 week. All of his points came in the team's victory over UMass Boston.
Katy Pokrywka and Sara Joyce were selected field hockey offensive and defensive players of the week respectively. Pokrywka, a senior from Roxbury, Conn., had five points on two goals and one assist to help lead KSC to a 3-0 week. All five of her points came in her final regular season home game as she helped the Owls defeat LEC foe Westfield State, 5-0. The win earned KSC a share of the LEC Regular Season Championship with Plymouth State.
In just over 187 minutes of action last week, Joyce did not give up a goal and made seven saves. In the victory over Westfield State, Joyce made two saves. Earlier in the week, the junior from Hampstead, N.H., stopped three shots in a 3-0 shutout win over Salem State and made just two saves in another shutout victory, a 1-0 win over Southern Maine. It was the third time this season Joyce received the honor.
Genna Florkowski was named women's volleyball defensive player of the week. In 19 games played, Florkowski averaged 3.00 digs and 2.47 kills per game to help the Owls to a 3-2 week. At the Bridgewater State Halloween Classic, she had 17 kills with zero hitting errors to go along with 16 digs and six service errors to lead KSC past Eastern Nazarene. The junior hitter from East Northport, N.Y., then recorded 13 digs, ten kills and four service aces against Colby-Sawyer and 12 digs and 11 kills against Merchant Marine.
Ryan Gough and Jennifer Adams were named cross country runners of the week. Gough placed first overall at the LEC/Alliance Championship hosted by Westfield State College. Gough, from Billerica, Mass., won his first LEC title and third individual championship of the season as he finished with a time of 25:23.33. As a team, the Owls won their ninth consecutive LEC/Alliance Championship. They have won every LEC Cross Country title since joining the league in 1997. Adams, from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. placed first overall at the LEC/Alliance Championship hosted by Westfield State College. In a time of 18:04.99, she helped lead the Owls to their sixth consecutive LEC/Alliance Championship. Both Gough and Adams have received the LEC honor four times this season.