Field Hockey Returns To Bowdoin For NCAA's
November 6, 2006
The Middlebury College field hockey team will makes its fourth consecutive and seventh overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a regional this weekend hosted by Bowdoin. The Panthers (14-3) will take on William Smith (17-3) on Saturday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m. The host school meets Wellesley at 11:00 a.m. in the other match-up. The winners will meet in the regional final on Sunday at 1:00.
Middlebury enters the tournament with an overall record of 12-6 in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers hosted and won NCAA Regionals in '03 and '04, advancing to the NCAA Championship game in both of those seasons. Middlebury won the NCAA title in '98, finishing with a 17-1 mark. A year ago, Middlebury lost to Springfield in the NCAA Regionals at Bowdoin.
Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid after an impressive 2006 season. The Panthers are ranked fourth in the latest Division III National poll. Middlebury is 3-2 against ranked teams, with both losses coming at Bowdoin this season, including the NESCAC title game. Head coach Katharine DeLorenzo is now in her fifth year as the team's head coach, owning a career record of 71-17 (.807) at Middlebury entering the weekend.
The Panthers opened the season with a 6-0 mark before dropping its first game of the season at Bowdoin. Middlebury then won eight of nine before suffering a loss to Bowdoin last Sunday.
The Middlebury offense ranked second in the NESCAC this season with 2.53 goals/game, while the defense was fourth with 1.22 goals allowed/contest. Senior goalkeeper Meghan McGillen has been solid all season long and has been outstanding in the post-season. She is 14-3 on the season with a 1.21 GAA, an .866 save percentage and six shutouts. McGillen is the school's all-time leader with 21 shutouts, while ranking second with a 1.06 GAA and 427 saves.
Leading the team in scoring this season has been junior Reid Berrien and senior Dana Rye. Both players have 10 goals on the season, with Berrien owning six assists for 26 points. Rye has a pair of helpers on the season for 22 points. Juniors Marnie Rowe (6-7-19), Lacey Farrell (6-5-17) and Nina Daugherty (3-1-7) round out the leading scorers. Defensively, senior Michelle Archambault, sophomore Taryn Petrelli and junior Katherine Entwisle have been steady.
2006 NCAA Field Hockey Regional
Saturday, November 11th -
Wellesley (16-4) vs. Bowdoin (15-1) - 11:00 a.m.
William Smith (17-3) vs. Middlebury (14-3) - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 12th
Regional Final - 1:00 p.m.