Plymouth State to face defending national champs in first round game
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team will make its sixth appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship Tournament this Saturday (May 13) when the Panthers travel to Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, for an opening round contest at 1 p.m.
The PSU Panthers, 11-3 overall, earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014 by capturing the Little East Conference Tournament Championship Saturday afternoon with a dramatic 13-12 victory over top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University. Led by first-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman, Plymouth State had a nine-game winning streak stopped by Eastern Connecticut in the final game of the regular season before turning the tables in the LEC final.
The Middlebury Panthers, 13-4 overall, received an at-large bid for its 23rd NCAA Tournament berth. Middlebury downed Amherst College 9-7 in the NESCAC quarterfinals before falling 10-9 to eventual champion Colby College in the conference semifinals.
PSU and Middlebury are two of the 40 teams invited to this year's championship. Three of Middlebury's four losses this season were to NCAA-bound schools – Colby twice and Franklin & Marshall once, in overtime. The PSU-Middlebury winner advances to Sunday's second-round game at Middlebury against Colby.
Plymouth State previously competed in the NCAA Tournament in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2014. PSU suffered first-round setbacks at Middlebury in 2000 and 2001 and at Colby in 2006 and 2014. The Panthers defeated Ithaca in 2004 to advance to the regional final, where they lost to Amherst.
Plymouth State Women's Lacrosse -- NCAA Tournament History
Date Location Score
May 11, 2000 Middlebury, Vt. Middlebury 24, Plymouth State 5
May 12, 2001 Middlebury, Vt. Middlebury 23, Plymouth State 5
May 8, 2004 Amherst, Mass. Plymouth State 14, Ithaca 12
May 9, 2004 Amherst, Mass. Amherst 21, Plymouth State 6
May 10, 2006 Waterville, Maine Colby 21, Plymouth State 5
May 10, 2014 Waterville, Maine Colby 16, Plymouth State 5
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