Plymouth State Tops 2004 Little East Conference Field Hockey Poll

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Their reign at the top of the Little East Conference ended last season, but 
with five first-place votes and 94 total points, the Panthers of Plymouth State University are once again on 
top of the annual pre-season poll of the League's field hockey head coaches.
	
Plymouth State, which has posted a league mark of 37-3 over the past four years, enters the 
2004 campaign looking to climb back to the top of the Little East Conference. The Panthers' three-year run 
as LEC Champions was ended last season as they finished tied for second in the conference. With a 12-7 
overall record and an 8-2 LEC mark, PSU ended its season in the first round of the ECAC Tournament.
	
The defending regular season champion Keene State College received two first-place votes and 
81 total votes to narrowly finish second ahead of Southern Maine, which tallied one first-place vote and 80 
total points to put them third in the poll. Keene State finished last season with a 19-6 overall record and a 
perfect 10-0 mark in the LEC. The Owls were defeated in the LEC Tournament finals but rebounded to win 
the ECAC Tournament Championship. As for Southern Maine (17-6; 8-2), the Huskies won the LEC 
Tournament Championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament where they fell in overtime in the 
first round.
	
Worcester State (9-9; 6-4 Fifth) collected a single first-place vote and 71 total points to finish 
fourth, ahead of Eastern Connecticut State University (5-14; 3-7 Tie Eighth) who received 66 points. 
Bridgewater State (11-6; 8-3 Fourth) came in sixth with 62 points, while Westfield State (3-13; 2-8 Tenth) 
earned a spot in seventh with 37 points.

Rounding out the poll was Framingham State (6-9; 4-6 Tie Sixth) in eighth with 34 points, 
Fitchburg State (6-10; 3-7 Tie Eighth) in ninth with 29 points, Salem State (5-10; 4-6 Tie Sixth) in tenth 
with 21 points and UMass-Dartmouth (0-17; 0-10 11th) in 11th with 19 points.

2004 Little East Conference Pre-Season Field Hockey Coaches' Poll

1.	Plymouth State University 94 (5)
2.	Keene State College 81 (2)
3.	University of Southern Maine 80 (1)
4.	Worcester State College 71 (1)
5.	Eastern Connecticut State University 66
6.	Bridgewater State College 62
7.	Westfield State College 37
8.	Framingham State College 34
9.	Fitchburg State College 29
10.	Salem State College 21
11.	UMass-Dartmouth 19

(first-place votes in parentheses)

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