Four Field Hockey Players Earn Regional Honors

November 17, 2009

Four members of the Middlebury College field hockey team were named to the NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) New England West All-Region teams when they were announced today. Junior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) and first-year player Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) were named to the first-team, while senior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) and senior Dana Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.) earned second-team honors. The group helped lead the Panthers to their seventh straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, ending the season with a 12-5 mark.

Delano earns first-team All-Region honors for the second-straight season after another solid year for the Panthers. A first-team All-American and All-NESCAC selection a year ago, Delano came on strong late this season, owning 11 goals and a team-high seven assists for 29 points. The junior was tied for fourth in the NESCAC with .44 assists/game, scoring three-game winners for the Panthers this season. Delano scored four goals against Bates on October 24th and has seven goals in her last five games.

Greer earned a spot on the second-team while also capturing NESCAC rookie of the year honors. She led the Panthers with 18 goals this season, finishing second in the NESCAC with 1.06/game. Greer added four assists for a team-high 40 points, which was second in the league at 2.35/game. The Panther rookie had six two-goal games this season and has found the back of the cage in 11 of her last 13 games. She is also a member of the women's hockey team at Middlebury and will join the team this week.

McCormack earns second-team honors for the Panthers for the second-straight season. She is also a two-time All-NESCAC selection for the Panthers. The senior was third on the team this season with seven goals and seven assists for 21 points on the year. McCormack also came on strong this season, with a goal and an assist in three of the last four games entering NCAA play. She is also a member of the women's hockey team at Middlebury and will join the team this week.

Heritage earned a spot on the second team after another impressive season on the Middlebury defense. She anchored a Panther defense that allowed just 1.59 goals/game this season, including three shutout victories. Heritage scored her first career goal in a 2-0 win at Bowdoin this season, ending her four years with 62 games played.