Women's Lacrosse Looks For Sixth NCAA Title - Watch Games
May 17, 2007
The Middlebury College women's lacrosse team will make its 14th consecutive trip to the NCAA semifinals after an 11-10 win over The College of New Jersey in an NCAA quarterfinal match-up on Kohn Field. The Panthers will meet Salisbury on Saturday, May 19th at 2:30 p.m. at William Smith (Geneva, N.Y.). Gettysburg will take on Franklin & Marshall in the other semifinal at 11:30 a.m. The title game is slated for Sunday, May 20th at noon and will be televised live on CSTV. The semifinals will be webcast with a link available here.
The Panthers advanced to the final four after a pair of NCAA Regional wins on Kohn Field. Middlebury defeated Drew 19-2, before slipping past TCNJ 11-10 to advance to the semifinal round. Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA tournament with an automatic bid after a 10-8 win over Colby in the NESCAC Championship game. The Panthers have now hosted and won all seven NESCAC Championship Tournaments.
The Panthers are 34-8 in NCAA play since they first qualified for the tourney in '94. Their .810 NCAA winning percentage is higher than all but one team (TCNJ) in the history of Division III lacrosse. Middlebury has also amassed an amazing 138-9 record over their last seven seasons.
Middlebury had advanced to the NCAA title game four of the last six years, winning NCAA titles in '97, '97, '01, '02 and '04. The Panthers have advanced to the final four every year they've entered the tournament (14). Head coach Missy Foote is in her 26th season at the helm of the program, sporting a career record of 319-71-1. Her .821 winning percentage is second all-time among her peers.
Middlebury enters the weekend on a 15-game winning streak, dating back to an 11-10 loss at Salisbury on March 27. The Panthers average 13.68 goals/game, while allowing just 7.37 goals/contest.
Amanda Smith has taken over the team-lead in scoring with 32 goals and 25 assists for a team-high 57 points on the season. NESCAC Player of the Year Kim Walker leads the team in goals with 46, to go along with her eight assists for 54 points. Walker also paces the team in ground balls (46), draw controls (51) and caused turnovers (32).
Claire Edelen (25-26-51), Liza Humes (21-24-45), Mimi Schatz (29-13-42) and Katherine Entwisle (31-8-39) round out the leading scorers. Blaire Bowie has a 7.27 GAA, with a .553 save percentage on the season.
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2007 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament
Quarterfinals - Sunday, May 13th
Franklin & Marshall 21, Mary Washington 1
Gettysburg 13, Hamilton 8
Salisbury 20, Colorado College 11
Middlebury 11, The College of N.J. 10
Semifinals - Saturday, May 19th - William Smith College
Franklin & Marshall (19-0) vs. Gettysburg (17-3) - 11:30 a.m.
Salisbury (20-1) vs. Middlebury (16-1) - 2:30 p.m.
NCAA Championship - Sunday, May 20th -12:00 (televised live on CSTV)