Women's Lax Headed To NCAA Regional
May 10, 2012
The Middlebury College women's lacrosse is making its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 19 years and will travel to Gettysburg for an NCAA Regional on May 12-13. Middlebury will take on Montclair State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the Gettysburg vs. Denison game preceding at 11:30 a.m. The winners meet in the regional final on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with a trip to the final four on the line.
The Panthers are 38-12 in NCAA play since they first qualified for the tourney in ’94. Their .765 NCAA winning percentage is higher than all but one team (TCNJ) in the history of Division III lacrosse.
Middlebury 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 32nd season at the helm of the program, sporting a career record of 374-100-1. Her .788 winning percentage is second all-time among her peers.
The Panthers earned their way into the tournament with an at-large bid after falling in the NESCAC Championship game. Middlebury’s opened the season with nine straight wins before falling to third-ranked Trinity on April 14th. The Trinity loss was part of a span where the Panthers dropped three of four games, including a contest to #8 Colby. Middlebury bounced back with a NESCAC Quarterfinal win over #14 Tufts before topping #6 Amherst in the semifinals. The #4 Bantams stung the Panthers again in the NESCAC title game, scoring in the final seconds for an 11-10 win. The Panthers had little trouble in their opening NCAA game on Wednesday, topping Norwich 19-1.
Middlebury’s offense leads the NESCAC this season with 13.24 goals/game, while the defense is second with a 7.41 average. The team also paces the league in ground balls/game (19.76) and shots/contest (28.6).
Junior Margaret Souther leads the team in goals (33), assists (23) and points (56) this season, while ranking second with 37 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers. Senior Elizabeth Garry is third in goals with 28 and points with 41, to go along with 13 assists. Sophomore Liza Herzog (31-7-38, 39 draw controls, 24 caused turnovers), first-year player Katie Ritter (29-8-37) and junior Michaela Colbert (26-7-33) lead the team in scoring. Senior Lucy Jackson leads the defense, owning 17 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. In goal, Lily Nguyen is 13-3 with a 6.77 goals against average.
2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament
Saturday, May 12th – Gettysburg
Denison (15-4) vs. Gettysburg (18-1) – 11:30 a.m.
Montclair St. (14-5) vs. Middlebury (13-4) – 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 13th – Gettysburg
Regional Final – 1:00 p.m.