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May 1, 2003

Panthers set to host LEC Tournament

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The field is now set of this weekend's inaugural Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament, hosted by Plymouth State College at Arold Field.

The top-seeded Panthers, who captured the regular season title and earned a first-round bye, will play the second semifinal game Friday (May 3) at 3:00 p.m. against fourth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The Corsairs earned the right to play PSC with a 14-13 victory over fifth-seeded Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday.

The first semifinal Friday matches second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University against third-seeded Keene State College. ECSU finished second during the regular season and received a first-round bye, while KSC advanced with a 20-2 triumph on Tuesday over sixth-seeded Rhode Island College.

 

The two semifinal winners will meet Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Arold Field for the first LEC Women's Lacrosse Championship. Admission is free for all tournament games.

The Panthers, led by second-year head coach Wynne Lobel, won 10 in a row this spring and take an 11-2 overall record into the weekend. PSC captured New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance Championships and earned NCAA bids the last two years before moving into the Little East Conference this season.

Eastern Connecticut brings an 11-3 mark into the tournament, while Keene State is now 9-6 and UMass Dartmouth is 8-7. PSC defeated all three teams during the regular season.

While the Little East Conference has been in existence since 1986, this is the first year the conference has sponsored women's lacrosse. As a first-year conference, the LEC champion will not be eligible for an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship Tournament, but could receive an at-large berth or an invitation to the ECAC New England Tournament.

 

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