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August 28, 2008

Little East Conference releases preseason women’s soccer poll

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Little East Conference has announced the results of the women's soccer preseason coaches' poll and Plymouth State University has been picked to finish sixth in this year's race.  The votes were cast by the conference's head coaches, and the poll was released by LEC Commissioner Jonathan Harper.

            The Panthers, who tied for fifth place in the LEC last season after a sixth place finish in 2006, received 28 points in this year's poll.  Two-time defending regular season and tournament champion Western Connecticut State University, which is ranked fourth in the national Division III pre-season poll, is picked to win the Little East, receiving seven of the eight first-place votes and 62 points.  Eastern Connecticut got the other top vote and finished second with 53 points, a narrow margin over third-place Keene State College (52).  Rhode Island College (33) edged the University of Southern Maine (31) for the fourth spot, while UMass Dartmouth (19) and UMass Boston (10) rounded out the poll.

            The LEC women's soccer regular season schedule includes one match against the other seven schools in the conference.  The conference tournament, which includes the top six teams, is the first week in November, with the LEC champion receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

            The complete Little East Conference women's soccer preseason poll is listed below: 

2008 LEC Women's Soccer Pre-Season Coaches Poll

1.        Western Connecticut (7)                62

2.        Eastern Connecticut (1)                 53

3.        Keene State                                    52

4.        Rhode Island College                     33

5.        Southern Maine                              31

6.        Plymouth State                             28

7.        UMass Dartmouth                          19

8.        UMass Boston                                10 

           (first-place votes in parentheses) 

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