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PSU Athletics teams to compete in conference tournaments

Three Panther women’s squads aiming for LEC titles

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – It's "Tournament Week" for schools in the Little East Conference and three Plymouth State University women’s athletic teams will be vying for the coveted conference championships.

            The Panther field hockey, women’s soccer and women's volleyball teams will represent Plymouth State in this week's LEC tournaments.  The third-seeded field hockey and volleyball teams will have home games in Tuesday’s first-round, while the sixth-seeded soccer team will journey on the road.  They will be trying to accomplish what every team sets out to do at the beginning of the season: win the LEC Tournament and receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships.

            The PSU FIELD HOCKEY team finished the regular season with an 11-6 overall record and locked in a three-way tie for second place in the LEC with Bridgewater State University and Keene State College, all at 8-3 in conference play.  PSU receives the third seed in the tournament and will host sixth-seeded University of Southern Maine (8-12, 5-6) in Tuesday’s first-round game at Arold Field (2:00 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, which defeated its first-round opponent USM 3-2 in overtime two weeks ago in Gorham, Maine, is looking for its first LEC title since winning three in a row from 2000-02.

            The PSU WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL team completed the regular season with a 17-12 overall record, and in third place in the LEC with a 5-2 mark.  The third-seeded Panthers will host sixth-seeded Rhode Island College (13-17, 2-5) Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium in a first-round match.  It will be a rematch of the regular season contest held last Saturday in Providence, when PSU swept RIC in straight sets.  The LEC semifinals are slated for this Friday, Nov. 5, at top-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston, and the championship match will be played Saturday at 12 noon at UMB.  Plymouth State will be out to claim its first LEC Tournament title since 2004.

            The PSU WOMEN'S SOCCER team has posted a 7-10 overall record on the season, finishing in a three-way tie for fifth place in the LEC as PSU, Rhode Island College and Southern Maine all finished with 2-5 conference marks.  The Panthers end up as the sixth seed in the tournament and will travel to third-seeded Keene State College (13-5-2, 5-2) for Tuesday’s first-round match-up (6:00 p.m.) at the Owl Athletic Complex. PSU lost to the Owls during the regular season in September, 1-0 in Keene.  The semifinals are slated for Thursday at the top two seeded teams, and the championship game is Saturday at the highest remaining seed. Plymouth State has not won the LEC women’s soccer tournament since it started in 1999.

            The LEC tournament champion in all fall sports receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.  Complete tournament results and information are available at http://www.littleeast.com/sports/tourney/2010-2011-tourney-central

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