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Plymouth State Favored To Win 2014 Little East Women’s Lacrosse Title

Plymouth State Favored To Win 2014 Little East Women’s Lacrosse Title

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – For the second straight season, Plymouth State University has been selected as the favorite to capture the Little East Conference regular-season title, according to the 2014 women's lacrosse preseason coaches' poll. The Panthers penned five of the seven first place votes and 47 total points into their ledger to sit atop the seven-team survey.

Keene State College received the remaining two first place ballots and 38 total points to enter the season ranked second, followed by Eastern Connecticut State University (34) and the University of Southern Maine (31).

Under the direction of Kristin Tracy, Plymouth State posted its second straight unbeaten season within the Little East Conference circuit to capture the program's eighth overall regular-season championship. The Panthers reached double digits in victories for the second consecutive campaign with an overall record of 12-3. Tracy's charges featured the most powerful offensive attack in the Little East, averaging 14 goals per game. Plymouth State also displayed a dominating defensive attack, limiting its opponents to just 6.61 goals per game. The Panthers were upset in the semifinal round of the conference championship, 8-6, by the eventual champions Eastern Connecticut.

Tracy will welcome back seven starters and eight total players from the 2013 squad. The junior tandem of Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) and Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) are expected to pace the Plymouth State attack after combining for 103 points last spring. Senior Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) will receive the lion's share of minutes in the Panther net after leading Division III in save percentage (.569) and ranking 10th in goals against average (7.30) as a junior. Plymouth State will open its 2014 schedule at 4 p.m. on March 4, when the Panthers travel to the University of New England.

The Little East Conference will sponsor a six-game regular season schedule. The top-six teams advance to the 2014 Little East Women's Lacrosse Championship tournament with the No. 1 and No. 2 teams earning a first round bye. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday, May 2 with the conference's tournament champion being crowned two days later. The Little East Conference champion will earn automatic qualification into the 2014 NCAA Division III tournament.

Completing the annual preseason poll in projected order of finish in the final regular-season standings are Western Connecticut State University (20), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (15), and Rhode Island College (11).

Formed in 1986, the Little East Conference serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East Conference sponsors quality competition in every season for our student-athletes. Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, citizenship.