Field Hockey Headed To Final Four - Watch Live!
November 16, 2007
The Middlebury College field hockey team will make its third trip to the NCAA final four in the last five years after three NCAA Tournament wins last week. The Panthers will meet Salisbury at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16th at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, while Bowdoin meets Lebanon Valley in the other semifinal at 11:00 a.m. The NCAA Championship will take place on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Middlebury is in the midst of its fifth consecutive and eighth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers enter the weekend with an overall record of 16-7 in NCAA Tournament play. Middlebury hosted and won NCAA Regionals in '03 and '04, advancing to the NCAA Championship game in both of those seasons. The Panthers have fallen in an NCAA Regional match-up at Bowdoin in each of the last two seasons, while winning the NCAA title in '98, finishing with a 17-1 mark.
Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid after advancing to the NESCAC Championship game. The Panthers made quick work of UMaine-Farmington in the first round on Wednesday, earning a 5-1 win as they outshot their opponent 40-4. At the TCNJ Regional, Reid Berrien scored in overtime to lift Middlebury to a 4-3 win over Messiah, while Lindsay McBride scored twice to lead the Panthers to a 2-1 win over the host school.
Head coach Katharine DeLorenzo is now in her sixth year as the team's leader, owning a record of 101-26 (.795) at Middlebury entering the weekend. The Panthers were ranked 10th in the final Division III National poll.
The Middlebury offense is ranked second in the NESCAC this season with 3.58 goals/game, while the defense allows just 1.49 goals/contest. Junior keeper Caitlin Pentifallo has played all 1,409 minutes this season, owning a 1.49 GAA with four shutouts on the year.
Leading the team in scoring this season has been senior Reid Berrien. The co-captain is second in the league with 2.45 points/game, while leading Middlebury with 21 goals and 49 points to go along with her seven assists. Sophomore Heather McCormack (11-6-28), senior Marnie Rowe (8-3-19), senior Lacey Farrell (4-10-18) are next in scoring, followed by sophomore Madeleine Macmillan (6-2-14).
Defensively, junior Taryn Petrelli, senior Katherine Entwisle and sophomore Dana Heritage have been steady.
Middlebury and Salisbury have only met twice in the series history. Those two meetings came in back-to-back seasons as the Gulls were 4-1 winners and 6-3 victors in the '03 and '04 NCAA Championship games.
Bowdoin and Middlebury have met 28 times in the series history, with the Polar Bears holding a 16-11-1 advantage. The teams have met twice in the post-season, a 1-0 win by Bowdoin in the '06 NESCAC Championship and a 3-1 win in this year's title game by the Polar Bears.
Middlebury and Lebanon Valley have never met.
2007 NCAA Field Hockey Final Four
Friday, November 16th - Ursinus
Bowdoin (18-0) vs. Lebanon Valley (21-1) - 11:00 a.m.
Middlebury (16-4) vs. Salisbury (20-1) - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 17th - Ursinus
NCAA Championship - 1:00 p.m.