Panthers make fifth NCAA appearance in program history
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team will make its fifth appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship Tournament this Saturday (May 10) when the Panthers travel to Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for a second round contest beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The Panthers, 12-4 overall, earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006, when they dropped a first-round game at Colby. PSU earned this year's berth by capturing the Little East Conference Tournament Championship in Sunday afternoon with an 8-4 victory over top-seeded Keene State College.
PSU and Colby are two of the 36 teams invited to this year's championship. Colby brings a 9-6 record into the NCAA Tournament after falling to top-seeded Trinity College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament semifinals, 13-10. Five of Colby's six losses this season were to NCAA-bound schools – Trinity twice, Amherst, Williams and Salisbury, while the Mules also defeated tourney-bound Middlebury twice.
The PSU-Colby winner advances to an NCAA regional semifinal on Saturday, May 17, against either Williams College (13-4), Wheaton College, Mass. (13-6) or Emmanuel College (15-2). The NCAA semifinals and championship are set for May 24-25 in Gettysburg, Pa.
Plymouth State previously competed in the NCAA Tournament in 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2006. The Panthers suffered first-round setbacks in 2000, 2001, and 2006, and advanced to the regional final in 2004.
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