Field Hockey To Host NCAA Game

November 5, 2007

The Middlebury College field hockey team will makes its fifth consecutive and eighth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament when they host UMaine-Farmington in a first-round match-up on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. The winner of the game will advance to The College of New Jersey for an NCAA Regional this Saturday and Sunday.

Middlebury enters the tournament with an overall record of 12-7 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. The Panthers have fallen in an NCAA Regional match-up at Bowdoin in each of the last two seasons.

Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid after an impressive 2007 season. The Panthers are ranked ninth in the latest Division III National poll. Head coach Katharine DeLorenzo is now in her sixth year as the team's leader, owning a record of 98-26 (.790) at Middlebury entering the weekend.

The Middlebury offense is ranked second in the NESCAC this season with 3.59 goals/game, while the defense is fourth with 1.47 goals allowed/contest. Junior keeper Caitlin Pentifallo has played all 1,191 minutes this season, owning a 1.47 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 2.41 points/game, while leading Middlebury with 18 goals and 41 points to go along with her five assists. Sophomores Heather McCormack (10-6-26) and Madeleine Macmillan (6-2-14) are next in scoring, followed by seniors Marnie Rowe (6-1-13) and assist leader Lacey Farrell (2-7-11).

Defensively, junior Taryn Petrelli, senior Katherine Entwisle and sophomore Dana Heritage have been steady.

2007 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament

Wednesday, November 7th - Middlebury College
UMaine-Farmington (13-5) vs. Middlebury (13-4) - 1:00 p.m.