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#LEC30 Top Moment: Plymouth State Men's Soccer (1996-2000)

#LEC30 Top Moment: Plymouth State Men's Soccer (1996-2000)

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.

Each week, beginning on September 16th, the conference office will recognize and celebrate the historical contributions of the league’s student-athletes, coaches, and administrators along with releasing “Top-Moments” in LEC History and first-person video insights from current and former Athletic Directors throughout the entire 2016-17 academic year. The LEC will also incorporate 30th Anniversary giveaways for all student-athletes, administrators and fans.
The Little East Conference was formed in 1986 when six public institutions gathered to create a single sport athletic conference and has expanded into what is now New England’s premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. The LEC features 19 Championship Sports and sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes while following the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship and citizenship.

Player of the Year

1997 – Brett Scaccia
1998 – Jesse Elderkin
2000 – Magnus Eriksson

Rookie of the Year

1998 – Antoine Moiboueyi
1999 – Steve Wallis