While following ECSU soccer this year, and the the run up to NCAA tournament, I examined the historical results of Plymouth State in D-III soccer and was surprised on how good a program they had in the past, (+/-1980-2000). Perhaps the administration decided they want to focus on academics, which is certainly not a bad thing, to say the least, but perhaps the athletics will now be given a chance with financial/other support to become a team to beat in a wider variety of sports. I know they do well in LAX, and in soccer this year they gave ECSU a very good game.
I think having a strong LEC, top to bottom, is ALWAYS good for these student athletes, the reputation of the schools and of course for the conference. I like to benchmark the WIAC, (Wisconsin), and the NJAC, (New Jersey), as two conferences that the LEC can look up to, as, across the board these conferences recuit and produce some of the finest student athletes and have teams that are always go deep in the D-III post season play. I think the LEC can be that way and wish Plymouth State well, not only in baseball and soccer , but in basketball/other sports for the future.