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October 29, 2012

New Little East Tournament schedules announced

Three Panther teams competing for LEC crowns

  PSU in the 2012 LEC Tournaments
Wed., Oct. 31   Field Hockey vs. Westfield State, Arold Field, 2:00 p.m. (First Round)
Wed., Oct. 31 Women’s Volleyball at Keene State, Keene, N.H., 6:00 p.m. (First Round)
Thu., Nov. 1 Men’s Soccer at Eastern Connecticut, Willimantic, Conn., 2:00 p.m. (Semifinal)
 
            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – It's "LEC Tournament Week" for schools in the Little East Conference, including Plymouth State University, and the LEC fall tournaments have been adjusted due to the weather storm “Sandy” which is hitting the east coast of the United States.

            This is the second year in a row that the fall LEC Tournaments have been forced to adjust due to weather; there was an October snowfall in 2011 that caused postponements to the schedule.

            The Panther field hockey, women's volleyball and men’s soccer teams will represent Plymouth State in this week's LEC tournaments, with the field hockey squad earning a first-round 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 10-6 overall record and tied for fourth place in the LEC with a 7-4 mark.  PSU is the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will host fifth-seeded Westfield State University (11-6, 7-4) in a first-round game Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Arold Field (2:00 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 first-round opponent Westfield State 5-2 on Sept. 22 in western Massachusetts, is seeking 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 15-17 overall record, and tied for fifth in the LEC race with a 3-4 mark.  The Panthers are the No. 6 seed in the tournament, and will visit third-seeded Keene State College on Wednesday for a first-round match (6:00 p.m.).  The semifinals and championship will be hosted by top-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday and Sunday at Quincy (Mass.) High School.  PSU, which lost to UMass Boston in last year’s championship match, will be out to claim its first LEC Tournament title since 2004.

            The PSU MEN'S SOCCER team completed the regular season with a 7-10 overall record and fourth place in the LEC with a 4-3 mark.  The fourth-seeded Panthers earned their first appearance in the LEC Tournament since 2008, and will travel top-seeded and regular season champion Eastern Connecticut State University on Thursday for a semifinal match (2:00 p.m.). Second-seeded Keene State College hosts third-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Thursday’s other semifinal, and the championship match is slated for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed.  PSU is looking for its first LEC men’s soccer tournament since 2000.

            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/fall-tourney-central

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