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PSU Field Hockey receives ECAC New England Tourn. berth

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University field hockey team will make its eighth post-season appearance in the past nine years this week with an appearance in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament.

            The Panthers (13-7) are seeded second in this year's tournament and will host seventh-seeded Framingham State College (10-8) on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in a first-round game at 1:30 p.m. at Arold Field. The other first round games on Wednesday include fourth-seeded Saint Joseph's College of Maine (14-5) entertaining fifth-seeded Worcester State College (11-9) at 1:00 p.m. and third-seeded Westfield State College (11-7) hosting sixth-seeded Becker College (12-9) at 2:00 p.m.

            Endicott College (16-5) earned the top seed in the tournament and received a first-round bye.  The Gulls and the three first-round winners will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 15, with the higher-seeded team hosting, and the semifinal winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 16 for the championship.  Bridgewater State captured last year's title.

            Wednesday's first-round game will be the second meeting of the season between PSU and Framingham State.  Plymouth State won the regular season contest in Plymouth, 4-0, on Oct. 1st.

            PSU, led by ninth-year head coach Bonnie Lord, received the ECAC berth after finishing in a tie for second place in the Little East in the regular season with an 8-3 mark. The Panthers won their LEC first-round game over Worcester State, 2-1, and their semifinal game over UMass Dartmouth, 4-3, but lost in the Little East Championship game to Keene State, 4-0. Framingham State finished the regular season in a tie with Fitchburg State College for ninth place in the LEC and did not make the conference tournament.

            PSU is making its 13th ECAC post-season appearance.  The Panthers' previous selections came in 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007, with their two championships coming in 1987 and 2004. 

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