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New LEC Tournament schedule announced

Three Panther women’s squads to host games

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – It's "LEC 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.

            There is an extra challenge this year, as teams around New England scramble to adjust to the recent October snow fall.  The tournament schedule has been backed up a day as schools attempt to clear snow off their fields, line up officials and find places to practice. 

            The Panther field hockey, women’s soccer and women's volleyball teams will represent Plymouth State in this week's LEC tournaments, and all three will have at least one home game.  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 a sparkling 15-2 overall record and second place in the LEC with a 10-1 mark.  PSU is the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will host seventh-seeded Western Connecticut State University (10-6, 5-5) in a first-round game Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Arold Field (1:00 p.m.) The semifinals are slated for Friday at the higher-seeded teams, and the championship game is Sunday at the highest remaining seed. PSU, which defeated its first-round opponent WestConn 3-0 on Sept. 10 in Plymouth, is looking for its first LEC title since winning three in a row from 2000-02.

            The PSU WOMEN'S SOCCER team completed the regular season with a 5-10-1 overall record and tied for fifth place in the LEC with a 2-4-1 mark.  The Panthers are the No. 6 seed in the tournament, but due to snow and lack of power issues in Connecticut, will host third-seeded Western Connecticut State University (12-6, 5-2) in a first-round game Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Panther Field (2:00 p.m.)  The semifinals are slated for Friday at the top two seeded teams, and the championship game is Sunday at the highest remaining seed. Plymouth State has not won the LEC women’s soccer tournament since it started in 1999.

            The PSU WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL team completed the regular season with a 22-9 overall record, and captured the LEC regular season co-championship with UMass Boston with a 6-1 mark.  The Panthers earned the top seed in the tournament due to a head-to-head victory over the Beacons last week in Boston.  After a first-round bye on Tuesday, PSU will host both semifinal matches at Foley Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., as well as the LEC Championship match on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 12 noon. Plymouth State will be out to claim its first LEC Tournament title since 2004.

            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/2011-2012-tourney-central 

  
Panther Field, Monday at 4:30 p.m. Arold Field, Monday at 4:30 p.m.
   

            The PSU Physical Plant grounds crew was hard at work Monday, clearing snow off of Arold Field (fieldhockey) and Panther Field (Women's Soccer) in preparation of Wednesday's games.

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