PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Four Keene State College student-athletes were recognized by the Little East Conference office for their performances over the season's opening weekend when the league's weekly awards were announced today.
Men's Cross Country
Freshman Jacob Pearl (Orleans, Mass.) grabbed the men's cross country Rookie of the Week following his strong collegiate debut in KSC's Early Bird Invitational. He finished fourth in the men's 5K in 16:20.2, just five seconds behind the second place finisher.
Women's Cross Country
Senior Lauren Perkowski (Plantsville, Conn.), a four-time Runner of the Week award winner and the Little East Runner of the Year last season, already has her first weekly honor this season following a second place finish in 11:34.9 on the 2-mile course at the Early Bird Invitational hosted by Keene State.
Junior midfielder Emmanuel Smith (Concord, N.H.) helped get the Owls off on the right foot in 2019, as he had two goals and one assist last weekend at the Salem State Soccer Classic to earn the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Against the Vikings, he factored into the first two goals, assisting on Connor Downey's strike in the 21st minute before potting one of his own just over two minutes into the second half as the Owls took a 2-0 lead and eventually won 3-2. Smith was at it again the next day, as he put KSC on the board first against Pine Manor in the first three minutes by taking a free kick and blasting it into the top left corner.
Senior libero Olivia Mathieu (Derry, N.H.) picked up the Defensive Player of the Week after compiling 70 digs over three matches at the Springfield College Invitational, where the Owls went 2-1. She opened the season with 17 digs in a five-set win over Skidmore and followed it up with 30 and 23, respectively, against Montclair State and Brandeis. Against the Judges, she also added four service aces and had six overall on the weekend. Mathieu averaged five digs per set in the three matches.