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LEC preseason men’s soccer poll announced

Panthers picked to finish fifth in 2011 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H.  -- The Little East Conference men's soccer preseason coaches' poll has been announced and for the second year in a row, Plymouth State University has been picked to finish fifth in the LEC race.  The votes were cast by the conference's eight head coaches.

            PSU, led by 10th-year head coach Rob Wright, received 27 points to finish fifth in this year's poll.  Eastern Connecticut State University edged Keene State College for the top spot in the poll with each school receiving three first-place votes. Rhode Island College and UMass Dartmouth claimed the third and fourth spots in the poll with one first-place vote each.  PSU topped the bottom half of the voting, and rounding out the poll was UMass Boston in sixth, the University of Southern Maine in seventh, and Western Connecticut State University in eighth.

            The Panthers wound up with a 5-11-1 overall record last season, and tied for seventh in the LEC with a 1-6-0 mark.

            The LEC men's soccer regular season slate, now in its 23rd year, includes one match against the other seven schools.  The conference tournament, which includes the top four teams, is the first week in November, with the LEC champion receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

2011 LEC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1  Eastern Connecticut (3) 56
2 Keene State (3) 55
3 Rhode Island College (1) 52
4 UMass Dartmouth (1) 42
5 Plymouth State 27
6 UMass Boston 25
7 Southern Maine 18
8 Western Connecticut 13

 (first-place votes in parentheses)

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