PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team will make its eighth consecutive post-season appearance this week after receiving an invitation Monday to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Tournament.
The Panthers were selected as the top seed in this year's six-team tourney, and along with second-seeded Curry College, will receive byes in Wednesday's first-round. PSU (12-5) and Curry (14-5) will each host a semifinal game on Saturday, and the championship contest is slated for Sunday at the site of the highest remaining seed.
The opening round games on Wednesday include third-seeded Bridgewater State College (8-6) hosting sixth-seeded Castleton State College (6-6), and fourth-seeded Worcester State College (11-4) entertaining fifth-seeded Keene State College (8-6). The Bridgewater State-Castleton State winner will travel to Curry for Saturday's semifinal, and the Worcester State-Keene State winner will visit Plymouth State for Saturday's semifinal (1:30 p.m.) If the championship game is at PSU, it will begin Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
PSU earned the ECAC invitation after finishing in second place in the Little East Conference with a 5-1 mark and advancing to the LEC Tournament title game. The Panthers defeated Keene State in an LEC Tournament semifinal last Thursday before falling to Eastern Connecticut in Saturday's championship game, 10-9.
Curry tied for second place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference during the regular season and fell to eventual champion Endicott in the CCC Tournament semifinals, 19-14; Bridgewater State, which is not in a conference, completed its regular season with an 8-6 mark, including quality wins over Worcester State and NCAA-bound Western New England College; Worcester State placed second in the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance during the regular season and lost the championship game to WNEC; Keene State took third in the Little East during the regular season and was defeated at Plymouth State in the LEC semifinals; and Castleton State finished third in NEWLA during the regular season and lost in the NEWLA semifinals to Worcester State.
This will be Plymouth State's fifth appearance in the ECAC post-season tournament. PSU first participated in the event in 1984, and then returned in 2002, 2003 and 2005, winning championships in 2003 and 2005.
The Panthers also made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2006.
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