Women's Lacrosse Earns NCAA Bid

May 8, 2011

The Middlebury College women's lacrosse team will make its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 18 years when they host Ithaca in a first-round game on Wednesday, May 11th at 3:00 p.m. The winner of the game will advance to an NCAA Regional at Trinity. Middlebury earned its way into the tournament with an at-large bid after falling to Tufts 13-12 in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on May 1st. Tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The Panthers are 37-11 in NCAA play since they first qualified for the tourney in ’94. Their .771 NCAA winning percentage is higher than all but one team (TCNJ) in the history of Division III lacrosse.

Middlebury has won NCAA titles in ’97, ’99, ‘01, ’02 and ’04, advancing to the final four every year from ’94-’07 (14 years). Head coach Missy Foote is in her 31st season at the helm of the program, sporting a career record of 360-95-1. Her .791 winning percentage is second all-time among her peers.

Middlebury’s season was in jeopardy after being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament. The Panthers boasted a solid resume, including nine games against teams ranked in the top 17 this season, earning an NCAA at-large bid. Middlebury opened the season 6-0 with wins over #9 Stevens and #11 Catholic. The Panthers then dropped four of five games, falling against teams who were ranked 8, 3, 17 and 3 nationally at the time. Middlebury got back on track with three wins to end the regular season, including a 10-9 victory at #13 Tufts.

Middlebury’s offense is ranked fourth in the NESCAC this season with 12.6 goals/game, while the defense is sixth with a 9.61 average. Senior Sally Ryan leads the team and NESCAC in goals this season with 54 (3.6 gpg). Her team-high 67 points place her third in the league (4.47 ppg), while she also owns 13 assists. She paces the team in ground balls with 36, draw controls (35), while leading the NESCAC with 2.2 caused turnovers and 7.1 shots/game.

Sophomore Ellen Halle (25-16-41), sophomore Margaret Souther (19-7-26), junior Elizabeth Garry (22-2-24) and senior Chase Delano (14-7-21) round out the team’s leading scorers. In goal, junior Lily Nguyen is 9-4 with a 9.27 GAA and a .513 SV%.

Ithaca earned an NCAA at-large bid after falling 10-9 in the Empire 8 Championship game. The Bombers are led in scoring by Nicole Borisnok (52-13-65), Tracy Rivas (41-14-55), Katie Hurley (24-11-35) and Ali DeCirce (26-8-34). Jess Worthman is 11-6 with a 9.31 GAA and a .457 SV%.

2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament
Wednesday, May 11th
Ithaca (11-6) @ Middlebury (10-5) – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 14thNCAA Regional - Trinity College
Ithaca/Middlebury winner @ Trinity (17-0) – 11:30
Stevens/Bridgewater winner vs. Bowdoin/Babson winner – 2:30

Sunday, May 15th – NCAA Regional - Trinity College
Regional Final – 1:00 p.m.