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Little East Conference pre-season polls announced

PLYMOUTH, N.H.

- The Little East Conference pre-season polls have been announced for four fall sports, and Plymouth State University teams were picked to finish first in one sport and runner-up in two others.  The votes were cast by the LEC's head coaches.

            The Panther field hockey team, which tied for second last season after winning three straight LEC titles from 2000-02, was picked as the 2004 pre-season favorite, receiving five of the nine first place votes.  Keene State was voted second, and defending champion Southern Maine was picked third.

            The PSU men's soccer team, which shared the LEC regular season title last year before falling in the tournament semifinals, was picked to finish second this fall behind Keene State.  Defending champion Western Connecticut was the third-place choice.

            The Panther women's volleyball squad was also picked to finish in second place.  PSU ended up in second place last year and was defeated in the LEC title match.  Defending champion Western Connecticut was the choice to capture its sixth straight conference championship.

            Plymouth State was voted to finish fifth in the LEC women's soccer pre-season poll.  Keene State and Eastern Connecticut, which tied for the regular season crown last year (ECSU won the tournament title on penalty kicks), tied for the top spot in this year's poll, while Western Connecticut and Rhode Island College were third and fourth, respectively.

            The complete poll results are listed below:

  2004 Little East Conference Pre-Season Field Hockey Coaches' Poll
1.         Plymouth State University 94 (5)
2.         Keene State College 81 (2)
3.         University of Southern Maine 80 (1)
4.         Worcester State College 71 (1)
5.         Eastern Connecticut State University 66
6.         Bridgewater State College 62
7.         Westfield State College 37
8.         Framingham State College 34
9.         Fitchburg State College 29
10.       Salem State College 21
11.       UMass-Dartmouth 19

  (first-place votes in parentheses)

  2004 Little East Conference Pre-Season Men's Soccer Coaches' Poll
1.  Keene State College 52 (4)
2.  Plymouth State University 45 (1)
3.  Western Connecticut State University 44 (2)
4.  Rhode Island College 37
5.  Eastern Connecticut State University 26
6.  UMass-Dartmouth 22
7.  University of Southern Maine 18
8.  UMass-Boston 8

  (first-place votes in parentheses)

    2004 Little East Conference Pre-Season Women's Soccer Coaches' Poll
1.  Eastern Connecticut State University 51 (3)
1.  Keene State College 51 (3)
3.  Western Connecticut State University 45 (1)
4.  Rhode Island College 31
5.  Plymouth State University 25
6.  University of Southern Maine 23
7.  UMass-Dartmouth 19
8.  UMass-Boston 7

  (first-place votes in parentheses)

    2004 Little East Conference Pre-Season Volleyball Coaches' Poll
1.  Western Connecticut State University 53 (5)
2.  Plymouth State University 49 (2)
3.  Rhode Island College 36
4.  Eastern Connecticut State University 34
5.  University of Southern Maine 30
6.  Keene State College 29
7.  UMass-Dartmouth 12
8.  UMass-Boston 9

  (first-place votes in parentheses)

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