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Little East Conference preseason men’s soccer poll released

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Little East Conference men's soccer pre-season coaches' poll has been announced and Plymouth State University has been picked to finish fifth in this year's race.  The votes were cast by the conference's head coaches, and the poll was released by LEC Commissioner Jonathan Harper.

            The Panthers, who slumped to sixth place last season after winning the 2006 LEC regular season title, received one first-place vote and 32 points in this year's poll.  Defending regular season and tournament champion Eastern Connecticut State University shares the top spot in the poll with 2006 tournament champion Keene State College, both with 58 points, although ECSU received four first-place votes and KSC got three.  The University of Southern Maine was third in the poll with 40 points, followed by Rhode Island College (37), PSU (32), UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut State University (both with 22), and UMass Boston (19).

            The LEC men's soccer regular season schedule includes one match against the other seven schools in the conference.  The conference tournament, which includes the top five teams this year, is the first week in November, with the LEC champion receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

            The complete Little East Conference men's soccer preseason poll is listed below:

2008 LEC Men's Soccer Pre-Season Coaches Poll

1.        Eastern Connecticut (4)                 58

           Keene State (3)                              58

3.        Southern Maine                              40

4.        Rhode Island College                     37

5.        Plymouth State  (1)                       32

6.        UMass Dartmouth                          22

           Western Connecticut                     22

8.        UMass Boston                                19

           (first-place votes in parentheses)

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