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PSC picked third in LEC pre-season poll

GORHAM, Maine - Keene State College is the clear preseason favorite in the 2000 Little East Conference coaches field hockey preseason poll. The Owls, two time defending regular season and tournament champions, received 8.5 first place votes and a total of 127 points. Southern Maine edged Plymouth State for second place. The Huskies garnered 1.5 first place votes and 102 points. The Panthers snared one first place vote and 98 points.

The winner of the Little East Conference tournament will be awarded an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament for the first time in the conference history. Five Little East schools (Eastern Connecticut State University, Keene State College, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Plymouth State College and the University of Southern Maine) and six Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference schools (Bridgewater State College, Fitchburg State College, Framingham State College, Salem State College, Westfield State College, and Worcester State College) will compete under the Little East banner for the coveted spot in the national tournament.

The two conferences combined forces because neither had the required seven or more field hockey teams to secure an automatic NCAA bid. Westfield State, 1999 MASCAC co-champion, notched 79 points for fourth place. Fitchburg State grabbed 72 points for fifth. In a tight three-way battle for sixth, UMass Dartmouth bested the other 1999 MASCAC co-champion, Salem State, and Worcester State. The Coursairs received 60 points (sixth), the Vikings 58 points (seventh), and the Lancers 55 points (eighth). Bridgewater State, Eastern Connecticut, and Framingham State round out the poll.

Seven of the eleven conference teams will qualify for the LEC tournament. Number two will host number seven, number three will host number six and number four will host number five in the quarterfinal round on October 24. The regular season champion will then host the semifinals on October 27 and the championship game on October 28.

2000 Little East Conference Preseason Field Hockey Poll

1) Keene State..................................................................(8.5)......127

2) Southern Maine..............................................................(1.5)......102

3) Plymouth State...............................................................(1.0).......98

4) Westfield State............................................................................79

5) Fitchburg State............................................................................72

 6) UMass Dartmouth........................................................................60

 7) Salem State................................................................................58

8) Worcester State...........................................................................55

9) Bridgewater State.........................................................................34

10) Eastern

Connecticut....................................................................31

11) Framingham State.......................................................................21

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