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PSC seeded #1 in ECAC Tourney

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College will be making its fourth consecutive women's lacrosse post-season appearance this week when the Panthers begin play in the Eastern University Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Division III Tournament.

The top-seeded Panthers will host eighth-seeded Salve Regina University this Wednesday (May 7) at 4:30 p.m. at Arold Field in a first-round game. This will be the second year in a row that PSC has hosted Salve in the opening round; the Panthers defeated the Seahawks 25-11 last year.

PSC earned the top seed in this week's tourney after capturing its second consecutive Little East Conference regular season and tournament titles and compiling an 11-3 overall record. In fact, the Panthers have won four straight conference titles, having captured New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance trophies in 2000 and 2001.

Salve Regina received an invitation to the ECAC Tournament after placing third in the Commonwealth Coast Conference during the regular season before being eliminated from the CCC Tournament in the semifinals by eventual champion Gordon College, 15-4.

The rest of Wednesday's first-round games include #7 Keene State at #2 Springfield, #6 Curry at #3 Eastern Connecticut, and #5 Colby-Sawyer at #4 Western New England.

The semifinals and championship games are slated for Saturday and Sunday at the site of the highest remaining seed. Plymouth State will play at home as long as it remains alive in the tournament, and all tourney games at PSC are free admission.

Plymouth State, led by third-year head coach Wynne Lobel, is seeking its second ECAC Division III women's lacrosse championship. The Panthers won the inaugural ECAC New England title in 1984. PSC advanced to the championship game last spring, but was upset at home by Eastern Connecticut, 8-6.

The Panthers are making their second straight ECAC appearance after participating in the NCAA Tournament the previous two years.