Field Hockey Earns NCAA Bid

November 7, 2011

The Middlebury College field hockey team will make its ninth consecutive and 12th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Panther earned an at-large bid and will travel to Skidmore for an NCAA Field Hockey Regional this weekend. Middlebury will take on the winner of the Franklin & Marshall/Cortland game on Saturday, November 12th at 1:00, while Skidmore takes on the winner of the Amherst/Gwynedd-Mercy contest at 10:00 a.m. The winners meet in the Regional Final on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Middlebury enters the weekend with an overall record of 19-11 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 14-3 season. The Panthers went 8-2 in a strong NESCAC conference, advancing to the championship game before falling to top-ranked Bowdoin, 2-1. Head coach Katharine DeLorenzo is now in her 11th year as the team’s leader, owning a record of 155-44 (.779) at Middlebury entering the weekend.

The Panthers enter the tournament first in the NESCAC and eighth in the nation with 4.18 goals/game, while holding their opponents to 1.19 goals/contest. Middlebury has scored four or more goals in a game eight times this season, including six straight games in October. The team boasted a 12-game winning streak during the season, before falling in the NESCAC title game.

NESCAC player of the year Lauren Greer leads the team and the nation in scoring. The junior’s 1.82 goals and 4.59 points/game are tops in Division III, while her .94 assists/contest rank her second. Greer set single-season records at Middlebury for goals (31), assists (16) and points (78) this fall, while also owning all three career scoring marks (69-31-169). Greer was a three-time NESCAC player of the week, scoring two or more goals 12 times this season. The junior has figured in 65 percent (46/71) of her team’s goals this season, including 15 straight from October 1st-8th.

Junior Charlotte Gardiner was also a first-team All-NESCAC selection after a solid season for the Panthers. Gardiner is third on the team in points with 21 and goals with seven, while also owning seven helpers this season. Senior Hannah Clarke had a break-out season with a dozen goals, previously scoring two as a sophomore and five as a junior. She is second on the team in both goals and points (25) this season.

First-year player Catherine Fowler (6-3-15), second-team All-NESCAC defender Margaret Souther (2-8-12), sophomore Elinore O’Brien (4-3-11) and senior Lucy Jackson (1-9-11) round out the team’s leading scorers.

Senior Becca Shaw has played 85% of the minutes in goal, owning a 12-3 mark with a 1.26 GAA and a .800 save percentage.

2011 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament
Wednesday, November 9th
Franklin & Marshall 3, Cortland 0
Amherst 7,Gwynedd-Mercy

Saturday, November 12th – Skidmore College
Amherst (14-3) vs. Skidmore (18-1) – 10:00
Franklin & Marshall (17-3) vs. Middlebury (14-3) – 1:00

Sunday, November 13th – Skidmore College
Regional Final – 1:00