Panthers open at UMaine Farmington on Aug. 31
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's soccer team has been picked to finish sixth in the Little East Conference (LEC) in 2018 following a vote of the league's head coaches.
Eastern Connecticut State, last year's regular season champion, was picked to finish first after accruing six first place votes and 62 points. Western Connecticut State, which knocked off the Warriors in double-overtime to win the LEC Tournament a year ago, grabbed two first place votes for 58 points, while Keene State collected the final first place vote and 50 points.
Newcomer Castleton University was picked fourth with 41 points, while University of Massachusetts Boston (36 points) finished ahead of the Panthers (28 points). Rhode Island College (22 points), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (18 points) and University of Southern Maine (9 points) rounded out the bottom third of the poll.
Head coach Ryan Joy, entering his fifth season at the helm, has high expectations for the new year. Reigning LEC Rookie of the Year Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) is back after making an immediate impact on the pitch last fall. The All-LEC First Teamer blasted 12 goals a year ago, the ninth most in a season and third highest total by a freshman in program history. Her 31 points were ninth most all-time and third best for a rookie.
Joy will look to senior Kate Martin (Westmoreland, N.H.) to provide veteran leadership. Martin, an All-LEC Second Team selection a year ago, is a two-year captain who was charged with mentoring a team with 15 freshman and sophomores a year ago. She finished last fall with three goals and two assists out of the midfield.
Classmate Jenna O'Malley (Methuen, Mass.) and junior Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass.) round out the group of tri-captains. Catania was the team's second leading scorer with four goals and three assists, while O'Malley helped anchor a defense that posted four shutouts a year ago.
Plymouth State kicks off the 2018 campaign on Friday, Aug. 31, at the University of Maine Farmington before returning to Arold Field for the home opener on Saturday, Sept. 1 against NVU-Lyndon (1:00 p.m.).
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