Field Hockey Earns NCAA Bid - Follow LiveStats!

November 9, 2009

The Middlebury College field hockey team will makes its seventh consecutive and 10th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament when they host UMass.-Dartmouth in a first-round game on Wednesday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m. The winner of the game will advance to an NCAA Regional at Ursinus, where they will meet Trinity on Saturday. Ursinus will take on the winner of the Lynchburg/Juniata game in the other regional match-up. Tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Middlebury enters the tournament with an overall record of 16-9 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 127-35 (.784) at Middlebury entering the weekend.

The Panthers enter the tournament after having the NESCAC's second-highest offensive output this season. Middlebury averages 3.80 goals/game in '09, including eight games with four or more goals. The Panthers have scored 21 goals over their last four games. The defense allows 1.60 goals/game this season, earning four shutout victories.

Rookie Lauren Greer has paced the offense this season, earning a team-leading 16 goals to go along with her four assists for a team-high 36 points. She is second in the NESCAC with 2.40 points and 1.07 goals/game this season. Junior Chase Delano (8-7-23) has a team-leading seven assists this season, placing her third among her NESCAC peers with .50/game. Senior Heather McCormack (7-6-20), junior Sally Ryan (7-2-16), senior Mullery Doar (6-4-16) 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 6-2 with a 1.69 GAA over 540 minutes of action.

2009 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament
Wednesday, November 11th - Middlebury College
UMass.-Dartmouth (15-6) @ Middlebury (11-4) - 2:00 p.m.