Women's Lacrosse Headed To Final Four

May 10, 2004

5/10/04 - The Middlebury College women's lacrosse team will make its 11th consecutive trip to the NCAA semifinals this weekend. The Panthers will meet NESCAC foe Amherst in the semifinals on May 15th at 2:30 on the campus of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. The winner will meet The College of N.J./Salisbury winner (11:30 a.m.) on Sunday at 1:00 for the NCAA title. The championship game will be televised live on CSTV (College Sports Television, 611 on DirectTV, also available on some local cable systems).

Middlebury enters the tournament after finishing its fourth straight undefeated regular season, going an amazing 11-0 against teams in the top 20, and 4-0 against teams in the top five. The Panthers are now 98-3 over their last six seasons, with four NESCAC Championships. Middlebury earned NCAA Championships in '97, '99, '01 and '02, advancing to the finals in '96 and '03. The Panthers have a 24-6 record in NCAA action since the NESCAC lifted its ban on NCAA play prior to the '93-'94 season. Middlebury is second only to The College of New Jersey in NCAA Tournament wins and winning percentage.

Middlebury's defense has been stingy this season, allowing just 5.35 goals/contest. Goalkeeper Sarah Grenert has played 835 minutes, allowing just 5.39 goals/game with a .631 save percentage. Senior captain Becca Brakeley leads the defense that has allowed double-digits in goals just once this season. Leading the team in scoring this season have been Nuala O'Donohoe (62-17-79), Elizabeth Renehan (31-20-51) and Michele Bergofsky (21-24-45).

NCAA Semifinals, Saturday, May 15, 2004 - St. John Fisher College - Rochester, N.Y.

TCNJ (17-0) vs. Salisbury (16-2) - 11:30 p.m.

Amherst (16-2) vs. Middlebury (17-0) - 2:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

NCAA Championship - 1:00 p.m.