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PSC picked fourth in LEC preseason poll

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College is predicted to capture the first Little East Conference women's lacrosse title in a preseason poll of the league's head coaches, while PSC was picked to finish fourth in the LEC men's lacrosse race.

The results of the preseason polls were announced Wednesday. Most of the teams have started the season with non-conference games, with the LEC contests beginning in the next week. The LEC is sponsoring women's lacrosse for the first time this spring, while men's lacrosse got its LEC start last year.

The Panthers received all seven first-place votes in the women's poll, while Eastern Connecticut edged Keene State for second-place. The rest of the poll had UMass Dartmouth in fourth, followed by Western Connecticut, Southern Maine and Rhode Island College. All of the LEC teams competed the last several years in the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance, with PSC winning four straight divisional titles and the last two NEWLA Championships and automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.

Defending champion Eastern Connecticut got all seven first-place votes in the men's poll, with UMass Dartmouth edging UMass Boston for the runner-up spot. PSC was fourth, followed by Keene State, Salem State and Southern Maine. Eastern Connecticut won the inaugural regular season and tournament titles in 2001, while PSC finished fourth and lost in the tournament semifinals.

Each of the league's seven members will play a six-game, regular-season conference schedule, with the top six teams advancing to the conference tournament. Opening round games will be played on Apr. 30, and the semifinals and championship games will be played on May 3-4.

The LEC schedule is slated to begin for PSC on Monday (Apr. 1) with the men's home opener against Salem State (3:30 p.m.), while the Panther women play their first LEC contest on Saturday (Apr. 6) at Western Connecticut.

For more information, check out the Little East Conference website at www.LittleEast.com.