Panthers anxious to kick off 2018 campaigns
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Although the snow is still plentiful the Plymouth State University spring sports teams are looking forward to the starts of their upcoming 2018 campaigns.
Complete schedules for all six spring sports programs are now available on the university's athletics website – athletics.plymouth.edu.
The women's lacrosse team will be the first in action this spring. The defending Little East Conference (LEC) champions open the season on Babson College on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Last spring, under first-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman, the Panthers posted an 11-4 mark (5-1 LEC) on the way to earning the #2 seed for the LEC Tournament, where they topped Keene State, 9-8, and top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State, 13-12, to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history. PSU fell to Middlebury College, a national quarterfinalist, in the first round.
The men's lacrosse team kicks off its 2018 campaign on Saturday, Mar. 3 at the University of New England. PSU put together a 9-8 season (4-3 LEC) last year to earn the third seed for the LEC Championships. The Panthers knocked off Western Connecticut State at home, 14-11, to advance to the conference semifinal for the sixth straight year and eighth time in nine seasons under head coach Gordon Webb.
The baseball team will open with a game against Framingham State on Wednesday, Mar. 7 at the New England Baseball Complex in Northboro, Mass. Head coach Clay Jenkins, who is entering his third year at the helm, looks to lead the program back to the LEC Tournament after finishing one win short of making the playoffs last season. The Panthers finished an even .500 last spring, posting a 19-19 overall mark (4-10 LEC).
The softball team plays its season opener during its annual spring break trip to Clermont, Fla. PSU will face Westfield State and North Park College in a pair of games on Friday, Mar. 16. Plymouth State, led by 15-year head coach Bruce Addison, finished last spring with a 23-17-1 overall record and 8-6 LEC mark to earn a share of the LEC regular season title. The Panthers were the top seed and host for the LEC Tournament, advancing all the way to the championship game before falling to the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Finally, the men's and women's track & field teams will open the outdoor season on Saturday, Apr. 7 at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational. Fourth-year head coach John Ostler welcomes back multiple LEC individual champions and All-New England athletes as the teams look to improve on their sixth place (men) and seventh place (women) finishes at last year's Little East Championships.
Complete schedules are available on the PSU Athletics website and are subject to change.
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