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Little East Conference preseason field hockey poll released

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Little East Conference field hockey pre-season coaches' poll has been released and Plymouth State University has been picked to finish third among 12 schools in this year's race.  The votes were cast by the conference's head coaches, and the poll was released by LEC Commissioner Jonathan Harper.

            The Panthers, who finished third in last year's standings, received one first-place vote and 104 points in this year's poll.  Defending regular season and tournament champion Keene State College earned the top spot in the poll, receiving eight of 12 top votes and 139 points.  Last year's runner-up, the University of Southern Maine, finished second in this year's poll with one first-place vote and 126 points.  After PSU, Bridgewater State College (101 points) rounded out the top four.  The rest of the poll, in order, included Worcester State (87), Westfield State (81), Framingham State (76), Salem State (71), UMass Dartmouth (59), Eastern Connecticut (39), Fitchburg State (27), and Western Connecticut (26).

            The LEC field hockey schedule includes one regular season game against the other 11 schools.  The conference tournament, which includes the top eight teams, is the first week in November, with the LEC champion receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

            The complete Little East Conference field hockey preseason poll is listed below:

2008 LEC Field Hockey Pre-Season Coaches Poll

1.        Keene State (8)                             139

2.        Southern Maine (1)                       126

3.        Plymouth State (1)                      104

4.        Bridgewater State                         101

5.        Worcester State (1)                       87

6.        Westfield State                               81

7.        Framingham State                         76

8.        Salem State                                    71

9.        UMass Dartmouth (1)                     59

10.      Eastern Connecticut                      39

11.      Fitchburg State                               27

12.      Western Connecticut                     26 

           (first-place votes in parentheses) 

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