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Little East Conference announces preseason soccer polls

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Little East Conference pre-season soccer coaches' polls were announced Wednesday and Plymouth State University is picked to finish runner-up in the men's race and fifth in the women's standings. The votes were cast by the conference's head soccer coaches, and the polls were released by LEC Commissioner William M. Moore.

The Panther men's soccer team, which captured the LEC regular season title last year and finished runner-up in the conference tournament, received one first-place vote in this year's balloting and finished second overall with 42 points. Defending tournament champion and regular season co-runner-up Keene State College got six top votes and was picked to win the title, earning 48 points, while Eastern Connecticut State University got the other first-place vote and finished third with 30 points. Rhode Island College had 28 points to round out the top half of the poll.

The Panther women's soccer team, which finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in last year's LEC standings, finished fifth in this year's poll with 25 points. Defending regular-season and tournament champion Western Connecticut topped the voting with all seven possible first-place votes (coaches could not vote for their own team) and 49 points, while 2005 champion Eastern Connecticut was second with 41 points. Keene State got one top vote and finished third with 38 points, and Rhode Island College ended up fourth in the poll, just ahead of PSU.

The teams play each other in a round-robin schedule over the next two months. The LEC soccer tournaments are scheduled for the first week in November, with the champions receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The complete Little East Conference soccer preseason poll results are listed below:

2007 LEC Men's Soccer Pre-Season Poll
1. Keene State (6)              48
2. Plymouth State (1)        42
3. Eastern Connecticut (1) 30
4. Rhode Island College     28
5. UMass Boston                26
5. Western Connecticut     26
7. Southern Maine             16
8. UMass Dartmouth           8

(first-place votes in parentheses)

2007 LEC Women's Soccer Pre-Season Poll
1. Western Connecticut (7)   49
2. Eastern Connecticut          41
3. Keene State (1)                 38
4. Rhode Island College        30
5. Plymouth State                25
6. Southern Maine                 20
7. UMass Dartmouth             13
8. UMass Boston                    9

(first-place votes in parentheses)

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