Field Hockey Team To Host NCAA Regional
November 15, 2013
The Middlebury College field hockey team will make its 11th consecutive and 14th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament when they host a regional on Kohn Field for the second consecutive year. Middlebury will take Utica on Saturday, November 16th at 11:00 a.m., while Skidmore battles Keene St. at 2:00 p.m. The winners meet on Sunday, November 17th in the Regional Final at 1:00 p.m. with a trip to the final four on the line. First-round match-ups will take place on Wednesday. Tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for students each day, and will be available at the gate.
The Panthers enter the weekend with an overall record of 25-13 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, ’07 and ‘11. Middlebury is currently the top-ranked team in the nation with a perfect 17-0 record.
Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an automatic bid after winning its second straight NESCAC Championship with a 5-4 come-from-behind overtime win over Bowdoin. The Panthers trailed by two goals twice in the game, both times seeing Bridget Instrum score a pair to tie the game up. Alyssa DiMaio gave the Panthers their third NESCAC title with an overtime goal just 2:15 into the extra session.
The second-ranked Panthers suffered only two losses this season, 4-2 setbacks at the hands of #5 Bowdoin and #6 Tufts. Middlebury has won eight straight games and currently leads the NESCAC with a .882 winning percentage.
Head coach Katharine DeLorenzo is now in her 14th year as the team’s head coach, owning a record of 191-48 (.799) at Middlebury entering the weekend.
Senior Katherine Theiss and sophomore Bridget Instrum have led a deep group of forwards for the Panthers this season. Theiss is third on the team with both 11 goals and 25 points this season, providing senior leadership. She earned a hat trick earlier this season, before scoring in five straight games. Instrum has scored four goals in a game twice this season, including the NESCAC Championship win over Bowdoin.
In the midfield, NESCAC Player of the Year Catherine Fowler leads the team and NESCAC in goals scored with 17. She is tied for league-lead with 47 points, while tying for second with 13 assists. Fowler has registered a point in 16 of the 17 games she has played in this season with four multiple-goal games. Joining Fowler in the midfield is junior Alyssa DiMaio, who scored the game-winner in the NESCAC title game. DiMaio owns three goals and five assists for 11 points this season and has provided offensive and defensive consistency for the Panthers.
Defensively, NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year Meredith Rowe lead the Panthers along with senior captain Elinore O’Brien. The duo have helped Middlebury to allow one or less goals 11 times this season. Rowe owns three defensive saves, while O’Brien has served as the team’s defensive sweeper and was a second-team All-NESCAC choice.
Junior Emily Knapp has started 14 of 17 games in goal, missing some early season contests with an injury. She made a season-high 13 saves in the team’s opening win over Amherst, and has earned six shutouts this season. She has been at her best down the stretch with two shutouts in her last three games.
2013 NCAA Field Hockey Regional
Saturday, November 16th – Middlebury College
Utica (17-4) vs. Middlebury (15-2) – 11:00 a.m.
Keene St. (21-3) vs. Skidmore (17-3) – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 17th – Middlebury College
Regional Final – 1:00 p.m.