Field Hockey Players Earn Regional Honors
November 17, 2011
Four members of the Middlebury College field hockey team were honored when the NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) released its all-region teams. Juniors Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.), Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) earned first-team honors, while first-year player Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pte., Mich.) was named to the second team. The group will lead the Panthers into their fourth trip to the NCAA final four this weekend at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass.
Gardiner, also a first-team All-NESCAC selection had a steady season up front for the Panthers. She is currently third on the team in goals (7), fourth in assists (7) and third in points with 21. Gardiner scored two goals in a game twice this season, a September 17th win at Colby as well as an October 22nd victory over Bates. She also added a pair of helpers in the Bates game for a six-point effort.
Souther is a first-team All-Region selection after earning second-team All-NESCAC honors. The junior defender has helped anchor a Panther defense that allows just 1.12 goals/game this season, including five shutouts. The Middlebury defense has allowed more than one goal just five times in 19 games this season. Souther also got in on the offense this season (2-8-12), tying for fifth on the team with a dozen points. Both of her goals came in an October 9th win over Babson, while she earned two assists in back-to-back wins over Williams.
Greer, who was also named the NESCAC player of the year, leads the team and the nation in scoring. The junior’s 1.79 goals and 4.42 points/game are tops in Division III, while her .84 assists/contest rank her fourth. Greer set single-season records at Middlebury for goals (34), assists (16) and points (84) this fall, while also owning all three career scoring marks (72-31-175). Greer was a three-time NESCAC player of the week, scoring two or more goals 13 times this season. The junior has figured in over 66 percent (49/74) of her team’s goals this season, including 15 straight from October 1st-8th.
Fowler had a solid rookie season in the midfield for the Panthers. She is currently fourth on the team in goals (6) and points (16), while ranking fifth with four assists. Fowler has goals in five of her last eight games with points in eight of her last 10 contests. She earned a goal and assist this season in an October 26th win over Williams.