The field is now set for this weekend’s Little East Conference field hockey championships, hosted by Plymouth State College at Arold Field.
The top-seeded and defending champion Panthers, who received a bye in Tuesday’s opening round after capturing their second consecutive LEC regular season title, will play the first semi-final game Friday (Oct. 26) at noon against
fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut. The Warriors earned the right to play PSC with a 2-1 victory over fifth-seeded Bridgewater State on Tuesday.
The second semi-final on Friday at 2:30 p.m. matches second-seeded Southern Maine against sixth-seeded Worcester State. The Huskies blanked seventh-seeded Westfield State 2-0 in Tuesday’s opening round, while the Lancers pulled a 1-0 upset over third-seeded Keene State.
The two semifinal winners meet Saturday at noon at Arold Field for the LEC championship and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championship tournament.
Plymouth State, 12-4 overall, brings a nine-game winning streak into the weekend. The Panthers finished 9-1 in conference play this season, and are 19-1 in LEC regular season games the past two years. The Panthers hosted last year’s tournament, defeating Worcester State 2-0 in the semifinals and Keene State in the championship game, 1-0.
Southern Maine will bring a 12-7 record into the weekend, while Eastern Connecticut is now 11-7 and Worcester State 14-6.