Panthers looking for third straight NCAA appearance
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Fresh off back-to-back Little East Conference titles and a pair of NCAA tournament appearances, the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team is gearing up for the 2019 season, as third-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman announced the team's upcoming schedule.
Under Bridgeman the Panthers have posted a 25-8 overall record, including an 11-1 mark in conference play. As the No. 2 seed in 2017, PSU upset top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University, 13-12, in the championship game and the Panthers capped off an undefeated LEC regular season with a dominating performance in the 2018 finals, cruising past ECSU by a 19-8 score.
Plymouth State is set for a 15-game schedule, including seven league contests, and has amped up the non-conference slate with some of the top teams in the region and nation.
The Panthers open the season at Babson College on Feb. 24, and will face an early season test with a visit to Salisbury University on Mar. 15. The Seagulls posted a 21-2 mark last year and advanced to the national semifinals before falling to the eventual national champions, Gettysburg College.
PSU opens the home schedule against Wheaton College on Mar. 17, and the LEC opener is set for Mar. 30 at WestConn, the second of four straight road games.
Plymouth State settles in for five consecutive games at Arold Field in mid-March, including back-to-back games with national powers Bowdoin College and Middlebury College on Mar. 7 and Mar. 10. Bowdoin posted a 14-6 record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament a year ago, while Middlebury went 20-3 and fell to Gettysburg in the national championship game. Also included in the homestand are LEC games with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Southern Maine and Eastern Connecticut.
The Panthers close out the season with road conference games at Keene State (Apr. 23) and Castleton (Apr. 27).
The top six teams in the final regular season standings will qualify for the LEC tournament, with the top two receiving first round byes. The semifinal and championship matches will be hosted in a "Final Four" format at the site of the No. 1 seed. First round games are set for Apr. 30, with the semifinals and title game coming May 3 and May 4. The LEC's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship will be awarded to the winner of the LEC tournament.
Refer to athletics.plymouth.edu for the most current information regarding all 24 of Plymouth State's athletic programs. Schedules are subject to change.
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