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Tourney Week: Four PSU teams to compete in LEC Tournaments

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - It's "Tournament Week" for schools in the Little East Conference, and Plymouth State University will be right in the thick of four fall post-season conference tourneys.

            The four Panther squads, field hockey, volleyball and men's and women's soccer, will be trying to do what every team sets out to do at the beginning of the season, win the LEC Tournament.  The PSU field hockey and men's soccer teams will begin their quests with first-round home games, while the women's soccer and volleyball squads will hit the road for their first contests.

            The Panther FIELD HOCKEY team captured its last six regular season games to stride into the playoffs with an 11-6 overall record and an 8-3 mark in conference play. PSU earned the #2 seed in this week's tournament, and will host #7 seed Worcester State College in a first-round match-up Tuesday (Nov. 4) at Arold Field (2:30 p.m.).  The semifinals are slated for Thursday at the higher-seeded teams, and the championship game is Saturday at the highest remaining seed. PSU Is looking for its first LEC title since winning three in a row from 2000-02.

            The Panther MEN'S SOCCER team defeated UMass Boston on the last day of the regular season and jumped from sixth place to fourth place in the Little East, earning the right to host a first-round game.  PSU, 6-8-3 overall and 2-2-3 in LEC matches, will host #5 seed Western Connecticut State University on Monday (Nov. 3) at Panther Field at 4:30 p.m. The winner advances to a semifinal game Wednesday at top seeded University of Southern Maine, and the championship game is Saturday at the highest remaining seed. PSU will be playing for its first Little East Tournament title since 2000.

            The PSU WOMEN'S SOCCER squad will travel to rival Keene State College on Tuesday for a quarterfinal contest  at the Owl Athletic Complex (6:00 p.m.).  The Panthers finished the regular season at 5-8-4 overall and 1-5-1 in conference play. PSU ended up tied for sixth in the LEC but won the tiebreaker over Rhode Island College and earned the sixth seed and the right to visit the third-seeded Owls.  The semifinals are slated for Thursday at the higher-seeded teams, and the championship game is Saturday at the highest remaining seed. Plymouth State has not won the tournament since it started in 1999.

            The PSU WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL team is the fifth seed in the tournament and will travel to fourth-seeded Western Connecticut on Tuesday for a first-round match (6:00 p.m.) The Panthers finished the regular season with a 19-13 overall record and a 2-4 LEC mark, including a 3-1 loss to WestConn in late September. The semifinal and championship matches are slated for Friday-Saturday (Nov. 7-8) at top-seeded Keene State. PSU will be out to claim its first LEC Tournament title since 2004.

            The LEC tournament champion in all four sports receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.  Complete tournament results and information are available at http://www.littleeast.com/landing/index.

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