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Little East Conference preseason lacrosse polls released

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Little East Conference pre-season lacrosse coaches' polls have been announced, and Plymouth State University was picked to repeat as champions in women's lacrosse and predicted to finish in third place in the men's standings. The votes were cast by the conference's head coaches, and the polls were released by LEC Commissioner William M. Moore.

The Panther women's lacrosse team, which captured its fifth consecutive LEC regular season title last spring and its fourth LEC Tournament championship in five years, received four of the seven first-place votes and topped this year's poll with 32 points. PSU is 29-0 in LEC regular season games since the conference started women's lacrosse in 2002.

Defending conference runner-up Eastern Connecticut State University got three first-place votes and finished a close second in the voting with 31 points. Keene State College received 26 points and edged out the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (25 points) for the third spot in the women's poll, with the University of Southern Maine (14), Western Connecticut State University (13) and Rhode Island College (6) rounding out the poll.

The Panther men's lacrosse team, which finished in fourth place a year ago, was picked third in this year's preseason poll. Defending regular season and tournament champions Eastern Connecticut finished runner-up in this year's poll, with Keene State, last year's runner-up and the 2005 conference champion, predicted as this year's winner.

PSU, which earned 22 points in the poll, edged out UMass Boston (21 points) and Western Connecticut (18) for third place, with UMass Dartmouth (13) and Southern Maine (8) rounding out the poll. The Panthers were the fourth seed in last year's LEC tournament and got knocked out in the semifinals by eventual champion Eastern Conn.

The 2007 LEC lacrosse tournaments are scheduled for the first week in May, with the conference champions receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The complete Little East Conference lacrosse preseason poll results are listed below:

2007 LEC Men's Lacrosse Pre-Season Poll
1. Keene State (4)                34
2. Eastern Connecticut (3)    33
3. Plymouth State                 22
4. UMass Boston                   21
5. Western Connecticut        18
6. UMass Dartmouth             13
7. Southern Maine                  8

(first-place votes in parentheses)

2007 LEC Women's Lacrosse Pre-Season Poll
1. Plymouth State (4)            32
2. Eastern Connecticut (3)    31
3. Keene State                      26
4. UMass Dartmouth              25
5. Southern Maine                 14
6. Western Connecticut         13
7. Rhode Island College          6

(first-place votes in parentheses)

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