PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Mary-Bridget Blandini achieved a tremendous amount of success during her four years on the Panther women's soccer team from 1990-93. She led the team to four straight Little East Conference championships, earned First Team All-LEC recognition three times, and was named Little East Women's Soccer Player of the Year in 1992 and 1993.
A dominating offensive player, Blandini (known then as Mary-Bridget Pawlik) became Plymouth State's all-time women's soccer scoring leader with 56 goals and 140 points. She led the Panthers to the first four LEC titles and four NCAA Tournament berths from 1990-93 under head coach Nancy Feldman. Blandini led the team to NCAA Final Four appearances in 1991 and 1993, including the title game in 1993, and a combined four-year record of 60-9-4.
Blandini scored a then-record 19 goals as a junior, and came back to break her own mark with 20 goals as a senior in 1993. She received First Team All-America honors both years, and was named NCAA National Women's Soccer Player of the Year in 1993.
Mary-Bridget Blandini was so skillful, a former coach brags that she could beat her opponent with that Golden Left Foot, even if they knew it was coming. Plymouth State recognized Blandini with its two highest honors, inducting her into its Athletic Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility in 1999, months after retiring her jersey No. 15, the only uniform number of a female student-athlete in school history to be retired.
Blandini was instrumental to the overall program success of the Plymouth State women's soccer program. The Panthers program won the first eight LEC women's soccer championships from 1990-97, posting a 33-1-1 conference record during that span. The Panthers played in six NCAA Tournaments and two ECAC Tournaments, reaching the NCAA Final Four in 1991 and the championship game in 1993.
Mary-Bridget Pawlik Blandini was inducted into the Little East Conference Hall of Fame in 2014.
The historic competitive success the LEC has achieved throughout the 30 years, beginning as a basketball only conference in 1986 and expanding into today's 19-Championship Sport Conference, will continue to make academic and athletic strides as the LEC continues to be the premier Division III conference of the New England region.
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.