Panthers open season at UNE Feb. 29
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team was picked to finish fourth in the Little East Conference (LEC) in 2020 following a vote of the league's ten head coaches.
Keene State, six-time defending LEC tournament champions, were the unanimous choice to capture the league title, accruing nine first place votes for 81 points. WestConn (63), UMass Boston (60) and Plymouth State (57) were closely grouped in second through fourth. The Panthers received the final first place vote.
Massachusetts Maritime (50), Eastern Connecticut (44) and UMass Dartmouth (42) were picked fifth, sixth and seventh, while Castleton (21) and Southern Maine (21) were tied for eighth with Salem State (11) rounding out the poll.
Interim head coach Mike Wilus helped lead the Panthers to the championship game of last spring's LEC Tournament. PSU finished 8-8 overall a year ago while setting a program record in conference wins after going 6-2 in league play.
Junior Connor Delea (Manchester, N.H.) returns after leading the Panthers in goals scored each of his first two seasons. Last spring the attacker led the Panthers with 55 goals and 69 points to finish fourth in the league in scoring while claiming All-LEC Second Team honors.
Senior long stick midfielder Charlie Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) was a First Team All-Conference honoree last season after leading the league with 107 ground balls and finishing second with 37 caused turnovers, while junior goalie Robert Porter (Groveland, Mass.) also claimed First Team recognition after leading the conference with a 57.1% save percentage and posting a .636 winning percentage, good enough for second best in the league. His 11.40 goals against average was fourth best in the LEC.
Junior Blake Barbin (Rochester, N.H.) is the fourth returner who claimed all-conference recognition last season. A defenseman, he started all 16 games and was second on the team with 16 caused turnovers to earn Second Team honors.
Plymouth State opens the regular season at the University of New England on Feb. 29 and kicks off its home schedule March 28 against WestConn.
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