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Little East Conference preseason soccer polls released

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

The Panther men's soccer team, which tied for third in the LEC regular season last year, received one first-place vote in this year's balloting and finished third with 46 points. Defending regular season champion Keene State College got four top votes and was picked to win the title, earning 58 points, while defending tournament champion Western Connecticut State University got the other three first-place votes and finished a close runner-up with 57 points. Eastern Connecticut State University edged Rhode Island College for the fourth spot in the poll.

The Panther women's soccer team, which placed sixth in last year's LEC standings, received one first-place vote and finished fifth in this year's poll with 33 points. Defending regular-season and tournament champion Eastern Connecticut and regular-season runner-up Western Connecticut each received three first-place votes and 56 points to share the top spot in the poll. Keene State got one top vote and finished third with 52 points, and Rhode Island College edged PSU for fourth place.

The LEC soccer tournaments are scheduled for the first week in November, with the champions receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

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

2006 LEC Men's Soccer Pre-Season Poll
1. Keene State (4) 58
2. Western Connecticut (3) 57
3. Plymouth State (1) 46
4. Eastern Connecticut 39
5. Rhode Island College 36
6. Southern Maine 23
7. UMass Dartmouth 20
8. UMass Boston 9

(first-place votes in parentheses)

2006 LEC Women's Soccer Pre-Season Poll
1. Eastern Connecticut (3) 56
1. Western Connecticut (3) 56
3. Keene State (1) 52
4. Rhode Island College 36
5. Plymouth State (1) 33
6. Southern Maine 23
7. UMass Dartmouth 20
8. UMass Boston 9

(first-place votes in parentheses)

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