Field Hockey Players Earn Regional Honors - Fowler Is Player Of The Year

November 18, 2013

Four members of the Middlebury College field hockey team were honored when the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) released its all-region teams. Seniors Meredith Rowe (Kenilworth, Ill.) and Elinore O’Brien (New Canaan, Conn.), along with junior Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) earned first-team honors, while junior Alyssa DiMaio (Morristown, N.J.) earned a spot on the second team. Fowler was named the New England West Player Of The Year. The foursome helped lead the Panthers to a 16-3 record in ’13, winning the NESCAC Championship and advancing to the NCAA Regional Finals.

Rowe recently earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. She anchors a Panther defense that allows just 1.41 goals/game this season. Rowe is a key member of the transition game for the Panthers, earning three defensive saves this season. Rowe scored her first career goal in ‘13, finding the back of the cage in an October 1st win over Skidmore. She ends her career playing in 60 games as a Panther.

Fowler was deemed the NESCAC Player of the Year in ’13 and is a two-time first-team all-league choice. She finished the season second in the NESCAC in goals (18) and points (52), while tying for the league-lead with 16 assists. Fowler registered a point in 17 of 19 games, including opening the year with three in a win at Amherst. She now owns 37 goals and 38 assist for 112 points through three seasons at Middlebury.

O’Brien was honored for the Panthers as a midfielder. The senior captain was a mainstay for Middlebury this season, starting all 19 games. O’Brien earned an assist in four straight games in ‘13, dishing out two helpers in an October 12th win over Trinity. Her lone goal came in an October 19th win at Bates. She finished her career at Middlebury playing in 77 games with 13 goals and 17 assists for 43 points.

DiMaio finished the year fifth on the team with 14 points, coming on four goals and six assists. She earned five points in the final three games of the season, including the game-winner in overtime in the NESCAC Championship win over Bowdoin. Earlier in the season, DiMaio scored twice with an assist in a victory over Hamilton.