Little East announces preseason women’s soccer poll

Panthers looking to move up in 2012

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Little East Conference has announced the results of the women's soccer preseason coaches' poll and for the third straight season, Plymouth State University has been picked to finish in sixth place in the upcoming race.  The votes were cast by the conference's eight head coaches.

            The Panthers, led by third-year head coach Cindy Bennett, received 24 points in this year's survey to end up in the sixth spot. Defending LEC tournament champion Eastern Connecticut State University was the top pick in the poll with 58 points, including five first-place votes, just one point ahead of defending regular season champion Keene State College, which collected 57 points and one top vote.  Western Connecticut State University also received one first-place vote and 52 points to finish third in the balloting, and UMass Boston rounded out the top half of the poll.  The bottom half included UMass Dartmouth, Plymouth State, the University of Southern Maine, and Rhode Island College.

            PSU is coming off a 5-11-2 campaign in 2012, which included a tie for fifth place in the LEC with a 2-4-1 mark. The Panthers open this year's campaign at the Colby-Sawyer College Labor Day Tournament on August 31 and September 2, at New London, N.H.

            The LEC women's soccer regular season slate, now in its 23rd year, includes one match against the other seven schools.  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: 

2012 LEC Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

1 Eastern Connecticut (5) 58
2 Keene State (1) 57
3 Western Connecticut (2) 52
4 UMass Boston 35
5 UMass Dartmouth 29
6 Plymouth State 24
7 Southern Maine 21
8 Rhode Island College 12

 (first-place votes in parentheses)

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