Field Hockey Headed To NCAA Regional

November 12, 2009

The Middlebury College field hockey team is making its seventh consecutive and 10th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Following a 5-1 first-round win over UMass.-Dartmouth, the Panthers head to Ursinus College in Pennsylvania for a regional this weekend. The host school will take on Lynchburg at 11:00 a.m., followed by Middlebury vs. Trinity at 2:00 p.m. The NCAA Regional final is slated for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Middlebury currently owns an overall record of 17-9 in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers won the NCAA title in '98, finishing with a 17-1 mark, while advancing to the finals in '03, '04 and '07. Middlebury previously hosted and won NCAA Regionals in '98, '03 and '04, winning a regional at TCNJ in '07.

Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid after an impressive 11-4 season. The Panthers went 6-3 in a strong NESCAC conference, finding themselves upset by Williams in a quarterfinal game. Head coach Katharine DeLorenzo is now in her eighth year as the team's leader, owning a record of 128-35 (.785) at Middlebury entering the weekend.

Middlebury improved to 12-4 on the year with a 5-1 win over UMass.-Dartmouth at home on Wednesday. Lauren Greer and Chase Delano scored two goals apiece to lead the Panthers to victory, as Middlebury held a 20-4 shots advantage in the game.

The Panthers enter the weekend after having the NESCAC's second-highest offensive output this season. Middlebury averages 3.88 goals/game in '09, including nine games with four or more goals. The Panthers have scored 26 goals over their last five games. The defense allows 1.57 goals/game this season, earning four shutout victories.

Rookie Lauren Greer has paced the offense this season, earning a team-leading 18 goals to go along with her four assists for a team-high 40 points. She is second in the NESCAC with 2.5 points and 1.25 goals/game this season. Junior Chase Delano (10-7-27) has a team-leading seven assists this season, placing her third among her NESCAC peers with .44/game. Senior Heather McCormack (7-7-21), senior Mullery Doar (7-4-18), junior Sally Ryan (7-3-17), and rookie Charlotte Gardiner (5-4-14) round out the team's leading scorers.

Middlebury has used two goalkeepers all season, with sophomore Becca Shaw and first-year player Madeline Brooks splitting time. Shaw is 5-2 with a 1.52 GAA in 506 minutes, while Brooks is 7-2 with a 1.61 GAA over 610 minutes of action.

2009 NCAA Field Hockey Regional
Saturday, November 14th, 2009 - Ursinus College
Lynchburg (18-4) vs. Ursinus (17-2) - 11:00 a.m.
Middlebury (12-4) vs. Trinity (15-2) - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 15th, 2009 - Ursinus College
Regional Final - 1:00 p.m.