Team prepares for NCAA Semi's
November 17, 2003
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -For the third time in school history, the Middlebury College field hockey team has advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers earned the right with a 5-1 win over defending NCAA Champion Rowan in a quarterfinal match-up in Middlebury on Sunday. The semifinals will take place next Friday and Saturday at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. Middlebury will meet Cortland State in one match-up at 11:00, while Salisbury takes on The College of New Jersey in the other semifinal at 1:00. The title game is slated for Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
The Panthers remain the only undefeated team in the country with a school-record 18-0 mark this season. This is Middlebury's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and third trip to the NCAA semifinals, after capturing the '98 NCAA title. The team made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in '94, falling in the semifinals. Middlebury has an overall NCAA Tournament record of 8-3.
Head Coach Katharine DeLorenzo, now in her third season with a 38-11 record, has the Panthers playing their best field hockey of the season. The defense has continued to impress all season long, boasting six shutout wins. The undefeated record has been tested as Middlebury has squeaked out nine one-goal wins this season. They ended the regular season and played part of the post-season with a streak of 367 minutes without being scored upon. The defense allows just 1.0 goals/game, while the offense is scoring 3.8 goals/contest.
Leading the team in scoring this season is senior Char Glessner with 18 goals and seven assists for 43 points. She is the school's all-time leader in assists with 25, is third in goals with 48 and second in points with 121. Senior Abigail Lamb has come on strong this season, including 27 points in her last six games, and is now second on the team in scoring (14-6-34). Rounding out the top scorers are sophomores Ashley Lyddane (9-7-25), Allison Smith (6-6-18) and senior Missy Krempa (6-4-16). In goal, Meg McGillen became the starter after the fifth game of the season, sporting an impressive 0.47 goals against average to go along with six shutouts, tying a single-season school record.
2003 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament
Semifinals, Friday, November 21, 2003 - Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa.
Middlebury (18-0) vs. Cortland State (16-2) - 11:00 a.m.
TCNJ (17-2) vs. Salisbury (18-1) - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 22, 2003
NCAA Championship - 1:00 p.m.