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PSU Athletic teams headed to Little East Conference playoffs

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three Plymouth State University athletic teams begin post-season play this Tuesday with Little East Conference Tournament first-round games.

            The Panther field hockey and women's volleyball teams will enjoy home field or home court advantage in the first round, while the women's soccer team will be on the road for its opening contest.  The LEC Tournament champions in all sports receive automatic berths into the NCAA Division III National Championships.

            Plymouth State is the third seed in the LEC Field Hockey Tournament, and will host sixth-seeded Salem State College Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Arold Field.  The Vikings defeated the Panthers 3-2 in overtime in this year's regular season contest back on Sept. 8. PSU is seeking its first LEC Tournament championship since winning three in a row from 2000-02.

            The Panthers, 9-7 overall, placed third in the LEC with an 8-3 conference mark, while Salem State, also 9-7 overall, finished in a tie for fifth with a 6-5 conference record.  The LEC semifinal round will be Thursday, Nov. 1, at the highest remaining seeds, and the championship game is slated for Saturday, Nov. 3, at the highest remaining seed.

            PSU is also the third seed in the LEC Volleyball Tournament, and will host sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium.  The Panthers swept the Beacons, 3-0, in this year's regular season contest on Oct. 20. PSU is seeking its first LEC Tournament championship since winning its only one in 2004.

            The Panthers, 19-10 overall, placed third in the LEC with a 4-2 conference mark, while UMass Boston, 15-13 overall, finished in a tie for fourth with a 2-4 conference record.  The LEC semifinals and championship matches will all be played at LEC regular season champion Keene State College on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3.

            Plymouth State is the fifth seed in the LEC Women's Soccer Tournament, and will travel to fourth-seeded Rhode Island College Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.  The Anchorwomen edged the Panthers 3-2 in overtime in this year's regular season contest back on Oct. 13. PSU is seeking its first LEC Tournament championship.

            The Panthers, 8-8 overall, tied for fifth in the LEC with an 3-4-0 conference mark, while RIC, 9-8-1 overall, finished in fourth place with a 4-3 conference record.  The LEC semifinal round will be Thursday, Nov. 1, at the highest remaining seeds, and the championship game is slated for Saturday, Nov. 3, at the highest remaining seed.

            The PSU Men's Soccer team finished the season with a 6-8-2 overall record and a 2-4-1 conference mark, and missed the LEC Tournament for the first time since the conference began the men's soccer tournament in 1999.

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