Field Hockey Returns To The Final Four
November 15, 2004
11/15/04 - The Middlebury College field hockey team will make its second consecutive trip to the NCAA semifinals this weekend at Westfield State College. The Panthers will take on Messiah in one semifinal on Friday at 5:00 p.m., while William Smith meets <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Salisbury in the early game at 2:00 p.m. The NCAA title game is slated for Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
Middlebury is in the midst of its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance, sporting an 11-4 overall record in NCAA play. The Panthers advanced to the finals a year ago, after winning the title in '98. Middlebury earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling to Williams 4-3 in overtime in the NESCAC Championship game. The Panthers were ranked third in the latest Division III National poll.
Middlebury had little trouble with Wesley in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament, scoring seven goals and out shooting their opponent 35-1 en route to the 7-0 win. Ashley Lyddane had a hat trick in the game, while Claire Edelen and Allison Smith had one goal and one assist apiece. Reid Berrien scored a pair of goals to lift Middlebury past Cortland State in the NCAA regional final.
Middlebury enters the weekend averaging 4.88 goals/game, while allowing just 1.05 goals/contest. The Panthers have won 36 of their last 38 games after a second straight undefeated regular season.
Leading the team in scoring this season have been Edelen (14-11-39), Lyddane (16-5-37), Lauryn Nicasio (10-7-27) and Berrien (11-3-25). Nicasio has five game-winners this season, while Berrien owns four. In goal, Meghan McGillen has a 1.33 goals against average with 100 saves and six shutouts in 1,222 minutes of play.
Middlebury and Messiah have only met once, with Messiah winning a 1-0 overtime game in the'94 NCAA Tournament's consolation game.
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2004 NCAA Field Hockey Championship
Friday, November 19th - Westfield State College
Salisbury (20-0) vs. William Smith (18-2) - 2:00
Middlebury (17-1) vs. Messiah (20-1) - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 20th - Westfield State College
NCAA Championship - 3:00 p.m.