Women's Lacrosse To Host Keene In NCAA Game - Live Stats Available
May 3, 2009
The Middlebury College women's lacrosse team will make its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance when they host Keene State in a first-round game on Wednesday, May 6th at 4:30 p.m. The winner of the game will advance to an NCAA Regional at Colby, where they will meet the host school at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Middlebury earned its way into the tournament with an at-large bid after falling to Colby 17-12 in a NESCAC semifinal game. The loss was just the second NESCAC Tournament loss for the Panthers, who had won seven of the previous eight tourneys with a combined 14-0 record.
The Panthers are 35-10 in NCAA play since they first qualified for the tourney in '94. Their .778 NCAA winning percentage is higher than all but one team (TCNJ) in the history of Division III lacrosse. Middlebury has also amassed an amazing 285-43 record since 1990.
Middlebury advanced to the NCAA title game in four of the last eight years, winning NCAA titles in '97, '97, '01, '02 and '04. The Panthers advanced to the final four every year from '94-'07 (14 years), missing the championship weekend for the first time a year ago. Head coach Missy Foote is in her 28th season at the helm of the program, sporting a career record of 340-82-1. Her .805 winning percentage is second all-time among her peers.
Middlebury has been back on track as of late, after a rare mid-season skid. The Panthers opened the season 4-0, before dropping four of five games. Three of the four losses came to NCAA participants with a combined record of 44-6. Middlebury bounced back with four straight wins prior to the NESCAC Tournament loss at Colby.
The Panthers allow just 9.10 goals/game this season, second-best in the NESCAC. Junior Dana Heritage leads the team in points this season with 56, averaging 4.0/game (3rd in NESCAC). Her 1.57 assists/contest place her fourth among her NESCAC peers. Sophomore Chase Delano leads the team in goals with 41 (2.93/game-4th in NESCAC), while adding 12 assist for 53 points on the year. Sophomore Sally Ryan (36-13-49), rookie Elizabeth Garry (23-1-24) and senior Caroline Kirkendoll (11-9-20) round out the team's leading scorers.
Kirkendoll leads the NESCAC with 2.71 draw controls/game, Taryn Petrelli owns 22 caused turnovers, while Taylor Brown has 17 (1.70/game-4th in NESCAC). In goal, Blair Bowie has a 9.05 GAA (2nd in NESCAC) with a .500 save percentage and a record of 9-5.
Keene is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, with first-year head coach Katie Arsenault leading the team to a 12-7 mark. The Owls earned the automatic bid with a 9-8 overtime win against Eastern Connecticut on Saturday. Lauren Sawyer (26-59-85), Jill Kirk (48-13-61), and Jamie Albert (37-15-52) lead the team in scoring, while Jen Gearing has an 11.37 GAA with a .515 save percentage.
2009 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament
Wednesday, May 6th
Keene St. (12-7) @ Middlebury (9-5) - 4:30
Endicott (15-4) @ Williams (12-6)
Sunday, May 10th - NCAA Regional - Colby College
Regional Final - 1:00 p.m.