Field Hockey Headed To Ursinus For NCAA Regional

November 11, 2010

The Middlebury College field hockey team is making its eighth consecutive and 11th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers defeated Cabrini 6-0 in a first-round game at home on Wednesday, and now advance to an NCAA Regional at Ursinus, where they will meet Tufts on Saturday. Ursinus will take on Juniata in the other regional match-up.

Middlebury enters the weekend with an overall record of 18-10 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 7-2 in a strong NESCAC conference, finding themselves upset by Trinity in a quarterfinal game. Head coach Katharine DeLorenzo is now in her eighth year as the team's leader, owning a record of 140-40 (.778) at Middlebury entering the game.

The Panthers enter the tournament averaging 2.62 goals/game, while holding their opponents to 1.38 goals/contest. Middlebury has scored four or more goals in a game six times this season, while earning five one-goal wins. The team boasted a nine-game winning streak during the season, before falling in the NESCAC Quarterfinals.

Sophomore Lauren Greer leads the team in scoring (19-9-47) after another stellar season. Her 1.19 goals/game place her second in the NESCAC, while her .56 assists and 2.9 points are third. Sophomore Charlotte Gardiner (4-7-15), first-year player Elinore O'Brien (6-0-12), senior Sally Ryan (4-2-10) and junior Hannah Clarke (4-1-9) round out the team's leading scorers.

Junior Becca Shaw has been the team's starter in goal for the last five games, boasting an 8-1 record with a 0.91 GAA and three shutouts. Madeline Brooks has also seen significant time, owning a 4-3 mark with a 1.90 GAA and a shutout.

2010 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament
Wednesday, November 10th
Middlebury 6, Cabrini 0
Juniata 3, Wooster 0

Saturday, November 13th - Ursinus College
Juniata (18-4) vs. Ursinus (18-1) - 11:00
Middlebury (12-4) vs. Tufts (15-2) - 2:00

Sunday, November 14th - Ursinus College
Regional Final - 1:00