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Westfield State’s Adam Baldassarre trails a Plymouth State player during the “Salute the Troops Day” MASCAC game in Plymouth, N.H. (Photo courtesy of Plymouth State)

Plymouth State ices WSU PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Mike Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) tallied two goals and an assist and classmate Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) collected four assists Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State defeated Westfield State, 6-4, in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) hockey action. The Panthers out-shot the visitors by a 49-28 count, but senior goaltender Eddie Davey (Orangeville, Ont.) made 43 saves to keep Westfield in the game. Through onethird of the MASCAC slate, PSU is 4-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play while Westfield is 4-6 overall and 4-2 in the MASCAC. Plymouth State led 3-2 after one period of play. Westfield senior Adam Baldassarre (Anmore, B.C.) and Plymouth sophomore Colt Smelstor (Fairfax, Vt.) traded goals 17 seconds apart to open the scoring, with each scoring their first of the season. Sophomore Andrew Wigg (Lantz, N.S.) pulled the Panthers ahead with a power play goal with six minutes remaining before Westfield senior Billy Miller (Morgan Hill, Calif.) and Economos exchanged goals late The Panthers had a chance to add to their lead with a minute to go in the first frame but Davey stopped a penalty shot by Panther sophomore Zach Fox (Sandown, N.H.). PSU tacked on two goals in a 54-second span early in the second period to push the margin to 5-2. Freshman Ryan Callahan (Londonderry, N.H.) made a nice move around the defense and snuck a shot inside the left post, and sophomore Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) poked the puck away from the Owls to create his own breakaway, and finished the play by snapping a wrist shot over the goalie’s shoulder to the top right corner of the goal. Westfield State got one back at the eightminute mark of the second period when senior Tyler Prendergast (Richmond Hill, Ont.) broke in alone and scored an unassisted marker. Each team added one goal in the final period. Economos added his second of the game and third of the season at the 1:22 mark, and sophomore P.J. McCadden (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) tallied a power play goal at 10:55. Junior goalie Zac Enstrom (South Windsor, Conn.) recorded his first career victory in the Panther net, making 24 saves. PSU wraps up the semester’s action next Saturday, Dec. 14, with a non-conference game at Castleton State College. Westfield State plays a non-conference encounter Wednesday at Stonehill College.

Sterpka cops conference diving crown NORTH DARTMOUTH – Record setting performances by standout diver Katie Sterkpa led Westfield State University to fourth place in the Little East Conference women’s swimming and diving championships on Saturday. Keene State cruised to the team championship with a meet record score of 668 points. Eastern Connecticut placed second in the eight-team meet with 304 points, followed by UMass Dartmouth (151), Westfield State (128), and Bridgewater State (127). Sterpka swept the events in the diving well in record fashion.The junior from Barkhamsted, Conn., shattered the 3-meter diving record with 266.31 points, putting an additional 17.06 points between the previous standard that was set by Westfield’s Kim Schmidt in 2011. Sterpka also eclipsed the oldest record in the Little East Championship with a one-meter score of 249.20 points to outdistance the previous mark of 246.00 (Kelly Kidd, UMD). Teammate Emily Fullerton finished fourth in the one-meter diving (181.75) and eighth (143.90) on the three-meter board. Westfield’s other top performers were senior Kirsten LaMotte, who placed sixth in the 100 breaststroke and seventh in the 200 breaststroke. Placing ninth were Haylee McQuay (100 freestyle) and Holly Arel (100 butterfly). The 400 medley relay squad of Kerry Sullivan, LaMotte, Arel, and Anna Boucher finished fourth. KEENE STATE CAPTURES CHAMPIONSHIP IN RECORD FASHION: For the second straight season, Keene State College shattered the Little East Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship record for team points with a score of 668 to capture the program’s eighth consecutive and 11th overall title this afternoon at the Tripp Center Natatorium on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The Owls won 11 individual races, while sweeping both team relays. Keene State set three individual championship meet records, in addition to the 400 yard freestyle relay to eclipse the previous team standard (630 points) that was established by the 2012 KSC squad. Eastern Connecticut State University surpassed the 300-point bar-

Katie Sterpka set conference records in the one and three meter diving events. (Photo by Mickey Curtis)

rier for the second straight season to place second with 304 total points. Junior Caitlyn Shea (Salem, N.H.) paced Keene State with three individual titles, including breaking the 200 and 500-yard freestyle records. She eclipsed a pair of championship meet records that were previously held by former Keene State standout Jackie Foster. Shea completed the 200 freestyle race in one minute, 57.22 seconds, while touching the wall at five minutes, 13.02 seconds in the 500 freestyle event. She also captured the 200 butterfly individual title with a time of two minutes, 13.49 seconds. Keene sophomore Alison Bartlett (Stratham, N.H.) stood atop the awards podium twice this afternoon, winning the 50 and 100yard freestyle races. Bartlett established a new Little East record in the 100 freestyle (52.46), while also sporting the best time in the 50 freestyle (23.99). Classmate Amber Long (Dover, N.H.) was also a double winner for Keene State, placing first in the 100 butterfly (1:00.41) and the 1650 freestyle (18:09.31). Westfield State junior Katie Sterpka (Barkhamsted, Conn.) swept the events in the diving well in record fashion. The junior from Barkhamsted, Conn. shattered the 3-meter diving record with 266.31 points, putting an additional 17.06 points between the previous standard that was set by Kimberly Schmidt in 2011. Sterpka also eclipsed the oldest record in the Little East Championship with a one-meter score of 249.20 points to outdistance the previous mark of 246.00 (Kelly Kidd, UMD). Eastern Connecticut sophomore Katie King (Barkhamsted, Conn.) prevented an Keene sweep by capturing the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of one minute, 7.73 seconds. She was able to edge Keene State junior Diana Pimer (West Haven, Conn.) by 14 one hundreds of a second (1:07.87). Pimer earned a measure of revenge in the 200-yard breaststroke, when she barely beat King to the wall. Fans unable to make the trip to the Tripp Center Natatorium, can watch the archived broadcast of the 2013 Little East Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship on

Dr. Leiker receives Hagan award WESTFIELD – Dr. Karl Leiker, long-time faculty member at Westfield State University, was the recipient of the 2013 James C. Hagan Award for outstanding service and support to WSU athletics. The prestigious award was presented at the 18th Annual Westfield State Athletics Hall of Fame banquet during the 2013 Homecoming weekend. “Doc” Leiker has been a fixture in the stands, on the sidelines, in the press box, and in the forecast center supporting athletics since he arrived at Westfield State in the fall of 1976 to teach in the geography and regional planning department. He first got involved with the nascent Westfield State track and field program as an announcer for the home meets, “and Coach (Jerry) Gravel had a lot of home meets in those days,” said Leiker. Leiker was a faculty advisor to Student Senate when the Senate’s vote to add football passed by one vote – and he recalled Father Dean’s impassioned speech to the Student Senate that encouraged the addition of football to the Westfield State intercollegiate athletics program. Leiker’s own football experience (he played at Fort Hays State in Kansas) was called into service as an assistant coach when Westfield State achieved varsity status in the early 1980s. As Leiker’s path towards tenure as a faculty member required more time, he eventually stepped away from a coaching role and served as a member of the chain gang for football home games for many years. Today, he continues applying his craft as a meteorologist to provide

Dr. Karl Leiker, right, receives the James C. Hagan Award from Dr. Carlton Pickron, vice-president of student affairs. (Photo courtesy of Westfield State Sports)

the most accurate forecast for Westfield State athletic events. During all-day sporting events, he regularly sets up shop in the Woodward Center to track threatening weather. Through it all, Leiker’s classes have proved to be favorites among many students and particularly among student athletes, with whom he’ll take a few minutes of class time to talk about the weekend’s games.

Owls claim second at Springfield College SPRINGFIELD – The Westfield State University men’s track and field team opened the 2013-14 indoor season by finishing second in the Springfield College Quad meet on Saturday, Dec. 7. Springfield placed first with 176 points followed by Westfield (135), WPI (131), and Rhode Island College (94). The Owls finished first in four events and displayed their

depth by placing second in seven events. Senior Zack Madera crossed the finish line first in the 200 meter dash in 23.41. Madera also placed a close second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.17. Hitting the tape first in the 800 meter run (2:05.42) was freshman Tevin Cintron. Madera was a member of the winning 4 x 400 relay team (3:35.11) that included Carmelo Solivan, Kyle Sullivan and Mike Stender. Also finishing first was the 4 x 800 relay squad (8:28.23) of Matt Moussamih, Stephen Parece, Cintron and Colin Morse. Sophomore Travon Godette placed second in high jump with an outstanding early-season effort of 6-5; he also finished fourth in the 60 high hurdles. Also finishing second were Zack Delisle (pole vault), Parece (mile run), Solivan (400), Sullivan (600), and Anthony Lucia (shot put). Moussamih was third in the 1,000 meter run. Finishing fourth were Nate Clement (shot put), Tim Gallagher (400), and Mike Skelly (5000). OWLS’ WOMEN OPEN NEW SEASON: The Westfield State University women’s track and field team opened the 2013-14 indoor season by finishing fourth in the Springfield College Quad meet on Saturday, Dec. 7. Sophomore Meg McNamara soars over the hurdle on her Westfield totaled 99 points, trailing Springfield College (160), way to a first place finish. (Photo by Mickey Curtis) Rhode Island College (134), and WPI (133).

Westfield freshman Tevin Cintron leads the pack on his way to winning the 600 meter run. (Photo by Mickey Curtis) Three Owls earned first places in the season opener – Naloti Palma (shot put, 40-4), Amy Auclair (pole vault, 10-0) and Meg McNamara (60 meter hurdles, 9.61). Palma also placed third in the weight throw and senior Alex Livingston was second in the weight throw (42-8 ¼) and third in the shot put. Other top performers were: Ashley Monahan (2nd, 1000), Cassidy Noonan (3rd, 400), Caitlyn Croke (3rd, high jump), Andrea Hicks (4th, 5000), Jenn Holley (4th, mile run), and Jaime Lyons (4th, 600).

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