Podlesnik and Rice named PSC's Female Athletes of the Year
By Debi Swick-Cruse
Director of Athletics Shawn White (left) and Campus Provost Leonard Colelli, presented Laurel Podlesnik, a member of the women’s soccer team, and fellow student Taylor Rice, a member of the softball team, with the Outstanding Female Student Athlete of the Year Awards for 2013 at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. (Taylor was at an away game at the time of the presentation.)
During her freshman season, Podlesnik scored 10 goals with 5 assists, and 16 goals with 3 assists this past season. She quickly developed into a stand-out forward, becoming the second leading scorer of Region XX for 2012. Podlesnik is also the all-time leading goal scorer for the College with a personal ranking of 16th in the National Junior College Athletic Association in goal scoring and 21st in overall scoring, which led the Catamounts soccer team to a ranking of 10th in the NJCAA National Poll.
According to Women’s Soccer Coach Mark Sprouse, “Laurel was a leader on and off the field with an incredible drive to score and to win.” She is the daughter of David Podlesnik of Springs, Pa. and Paulette Lowe of Melbourne, Fla.
Rice, seen at right, began playing for the Catamount Softball team in the position of pitcher and outfielder. By the end of the 2013 season, Rice had accumulated an impressive 78 hits, 59 runs, 28 RBIs, 3 homeruns, and led the nation in hitting with a remarkable .645 batting average in the National Junior College Athletic Association, Division II. She was also twice-named a National Player of the week. The Catamounts finished the 2013 season with a record 25 wins and 8 losses and as the undefeated champions of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference.
Rice is a psychology major from Ridgeley, W.Va. and the daughter of Jerry and Cheryl Rice.