Three Owls Receive Little East Confernce Honors

'KEENE, N.H. 11/3/03 - Three Keene State College athletes were recipients of Little East Conference weekly honors.  In soccer, John Harke was selected offensive player of the week, Lauren Graham was named rookie of the week in volleyball, and Tanya Strong was selected field hockey offensive player of the week for the third time this year. 


Harke, a junior forward from Leeds, Mass., equaled a school record with four goals and an assist in a 7-1 victory over UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday.  The win guaranteed a share of the regular-season title for KSC.  Harke has 10 goals this season and seven in the Owls' last three games.   


Graham, a sophomore setter from Port Jefferson, N.Y., recorded 56 assists (7.00 per game), 21 service aces (2.63 pg), and 22 digs (2.75 pg), in eight games over two matches last week.  She tallied 12 aces in a straight-set win over Worcester State, and added 30 assists in a five set loss to Connecticut College last Wednesday. 


Strong, a senior forward from Hatfield, Mass., erupted for 19 points on nine goals and an assist to help KSC win two games last week.  She scored a school-record tying five goals and added an assist in the 6-1 win over Endicott College and added four goals in a 9-0 shutout win over Salem State College on Saturday.  Her efforts improved her season totals to 25 goals, and 56 points, each of which stand as single-season records.    


The number two seeded men's soccer team (13-5-1) takes on number three seed Rhode Island College (11-7) in the semifinals of the Little East Conference tournament on Wednesday (6 p.m.) at Owl Athletic Complex. The number sixth seeded women's volleyball team (10-15) goes up against number three seed University of Southern Maine (18-11) on Wednesday (6 p.m.) at Southern Maine.  The number one seeded field hockey team takes on the winner of the Worcester State/Bridgewater State game on Friday (Noon) at Owl Athletic Complex.