Men's Lax, Women's Lax and Softball to host playoff games
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University spring sports teams are gearing up for Little East Conference (LEC) playoffs after the conclusion of the regular season on Saturday. The PSU men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse and softball teams will all be hosting LEC Tournament games this week.
The Panther softball team ended the regular season with a 23-13 overall record. After finishing tied for the regular season title in 2014 and 2017, PSU earned its first outright title with an 11-3 conference record. As the number one seed, Plymouth State will host the entirety of the six-team, double-elimination championship tournament for the second straight year. Tournament games will be played Thursday through Saturday at D&M Park.
PSU will kick off the tournament at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday against sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston. The Beacons earned their first LEC softball title last spring after knocking off the Panthers in the championship game. The two teams split a doubleheader at UMB Softball Field on Apr. 7 with PSU scoring four times in the final two innings of game one to win 4-1, before dropping a back-and-forth game two by an 8-6 margin.
Plymouth State is seeking its first softball championship.
The Panther women's lacrosse team opened the season 3-3 but has rattled off nine straight wins since to post a 12-3 overall mark at the conclusion of the regular season. Plymouth State rolled through the LEC schedule with a perfect 6-0 mark, outscoring its counterparts by a 105-49 margin. The Panthers led the conference in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
Plymouth State earned a record tenth regular season title and will enter the LEC Tournament as the top seed for the eighth time since the sport was first sponsored by the league in 2002. The defending LEC champions received a first round bye and will host a semifinal game on Thursday at Arold Field at 4:00 p.m. PSU will face the winner of Tuesday's first round game between fourth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and fifth-seeded University of Southern Maine.
PSU will be playing for its seventh tournament championship. The Panthers have appeared in the championship game each of the last four years, winning titles in 2014 and 2017.
The Panther men's lacrosse team finished a back-and-forth season with a 7-9 overall mark, but played some of its best lacrosse in conference action. PSU, 4-3 in league games, locked up the fourth seed for the tournament with a thrilling, 15-12 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston on Senior Day last Friday.
The same two teams will meet again on Tuesday in a first round game at Currier Field at 4:00 p.m. UMass Boston ended the Panthers' playoff run last spring with a 14-6 win in the semifinals.
With a win on Tuesday, the Panthers would advance to face top-seeded Keene State College in a semifinal game on Thursday. PSU has played in the conference semifinals in 13 of 17 years since the LEC first sponsored a championship in men's lacrosse in 2001.
The program is in search of its first LEC Championship.
Complete coverage of all PSU postseason action will be available through PSU Athletics' webstreamed broadcasts, available at littleeast.tv. Complete playoff schedules can also be found on the league's website, www.littleeast.com.
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