PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Plymouth State men’s soccer program has been historically one of the best programs in Little East Conference history. The Little East Conference began sponsoring men’s soccer in 1989, but did not sponsor a post-season championship tournament until 1999. The Plymouth State men’s soccer program finished inside the top three in the final LEC standings every year except in 1992, the first year under head coach Shawn Griffin between 1989 and 2006, winning the LEC regular season championship nine times, including five straight between 1996 and 2000.
The men’s soccer program posted a 31-3 conference record during five-year span, finishing runner up in the first-ever LEC Tournament in 1999 and won the 2000 LEC Tournament Championship. The Panthers played in three NCAA Tournaments and two ECAC Tournaments, while going undefeated in 1998 before losing in the NCAA Regional Final 3-2 to Williams.
Brett Scaccia, the newest member of the Little East Conference Hall of Fame, was paramount to the success of the Plymouth State program. Scaccia, the second-leading scorer in Plymouth State men's soccer history played three seasons in a Panther uniform, leading the team in scoring all three years and twice coming back from season-ending injuries. He ranks second on PSU's career scoring list with 65 goals and 139 points, and was a First Team All-American and Little East Conference Player of the Year in 1997 after scoring 26 goals and leading the team to the NCAA Regional Final.
The Panthers also received individual awards, garnering three LEC Player of the Year honors, two LEC Rookie of the Year honors and head coach Shawn Griffin took home a couple LEC Coach of the Year awards in 1997 and 1998. Under coach Griffin, the Panthers had 27 members named Little East Conference First Team performers between 1996 - 2000.
Player of the Year
1997 – Brett Scaccia
1998 – Jesse Elderkin
2000 – Magnus Eriksson
Rookie of the Year
1998 – Antoine Moiboueyi
1999 – Steve Wallis