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May 4, 2005

PSU to host Little East Conference Women’s Lacrosse Tournament

PLYMOUTH, N.H.

- The field is now set for this weekend's Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament, hosted by Plymouth State University at Arold Field.

            The top-seeded Panthers, who captured their fourth straight LEC regular season title and earned a first-round bye, will play the first semifinal game this Friday (May 6) at 1:00 p.m. against Keene State College.  The fourth-seeded Owls earned the right to play PSU with a 16-7 victory over fifth-seeded University of Southern Maine on Tuesday.

            The second semifinal Friday matches second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University against third-seeded Western Connecticut State University. ECSU finished second during the regular season and received a first-round bye, while WCSU advanced with a 12-11 triumph on Tuesday over sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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

            "We're really excited to host the tournament," said first-year head coach Paula Habel.  "This is an exciting time of year.  It's do-or-die time.  Keene State and Eastern Connecticut both gave us tough games during the season, and Western Conn. has won five of its last six.  We will have to be on top of our game to defend the title."

            The Panthers, three-time defending champions, won all six LEC regular season games this spring and take a 9-4 overall record into the weekend. PSU is 30-0 against Little East opponents since the conference started women's lacrosse in 2002. Eastern Connecticut brings a 10-6 mark into the tournament, while Western Connecticut is now 6-9 and Keene State is 8-7.

            Plymouth State defeated Eastern Conn. to win the first two LEC titles - 12-8 in overtime in 2002 and 20-8 in 2003.  PSU knocked off Keene State in last year's title game, 9-5.

            The winner of the LEC Tournament receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

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