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LEC preseason men’s soccer poll announced

Panthers picked to finish sixth in 2012

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

            PSU, led by 11th-year head coach Rob Wright, received 24 points to finish sixth in the poll.  Defending regular season and tournament champion Eastern Connecticut State University was the top pick in the poll receiving 61 points and five of the eight first-place votes.  The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth edged Keene State College for the second spot in the poll despite KSC receiving two top votes and UMD just one.  Rhode Island College and UMass Boston claimed the fourth and fifth spots in the poll, and rounding out the poll was PSU in sixth, Western Connecticut State University in seventh and the University of Southern Maine in eighth.

            The Panthers wound up tied for sixth in the LEC last fall with a 2-5 mark, 4-13 overall.

            The LEC men's soccer regular season slate, now in its 24th 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.

            The complete 2012 Little East Conference men's soccer preseason poll is listed below:

2012 LEC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

1 Eastern Connecticut (5) 61
2 UMass Dartmouth (1) 52
3 Keene State (2) 51
4 Rhode Island College 38
5 UMass Boston 34
6 Plymouth State 24
7 Western Connecticut 15
8 Southern Maine 13

 (first-place votes in parentheses)

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