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May 7, 2007

PSU Men’s Lacrosse earns top seed in ECAC New England Tournament

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team received its second post-season berth in three years Monday with an invitation to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Tournament.

The Panthers are the top seed in this year's five-team tournament, and receive a bye in Wednesday's first-round action. PSU will serve as the host for the semifinal and championship games this Saturday and Sunday at Panther Field.

Fourth-seeded MIT (6-6) will host fifth-seeded Daniel Webster College (7-5) in a first-round game on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to face PSU (9-6) in Saturday's first semifinal (1:00 p.m.) at Panther Field. Second-seeded Roger Williams University (7-6) and third-seeded Western Connecticut State University (10-7) also received first-round byes, and will face each other in the second semifinal (3:30 p.m.) Saturday at PSU. The ECAC Championship game is slated for 12:00 p.m. Sunday in Plymouth.

PSU earned the ECAC invitation after finishing in a three-way tie for third place in the Little East Conference with Western Connecticut and UMass Boston, all with 3-3 conference records. The Panthers ended up as the fifth seed in the LEC Tournament and were knocked out in the first round last Tuesday at fourth-seeded UMB, 9-8 in overtime.

Roger Williams was the second seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament and was eliminated in the semifinals by third-seeded Gordon College, 17-16 in overtime. Western Conn. was the third seed in the Little East Tournament and defeated sixth-seeded UMass Dartmouth, 11-7, before falling to second-seeded Eastern Connecticut in the semifinals, 21-11. MIT tied for fifth place in the Pilgrim League and missed the conference tournament, and Daniel Webster was defeated at Castleton State in the semifinals of the North Atlantic Conference Tournament, 15-9.

This will be Plymouth State's fifth appearance in the ECAC post-season tournament. PSU first participated in the event in 1988 and 1989, and then returned over a decade later in 2001. The Panthers advanced to the championship game in 2005 with wins over Lasell and Eastern Connecticut before falling in the final to Western New England.

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