Women's Lacrosse Earns NCAA Bid
May 5, 2013
The Middlebury College women's lacrosse team will make its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 20 years when they host Castleton in a first-round game on Wednesday, May 8th at 5:00 p.m. The winner of the game will advance to an NCAA Regional on Saturday/Sunday. Tickets are priced at $3 for adults and $2 for students.
The Panthers are 42-13 in NCAA play since they first qualified for the tourney in ’94. Their .764 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 33rd season at the helm of the program, sporting a career record of 391-103-1. Her .791 winning percentage is second all-time among her peers.
The Panthers earned their way into the tournament with an at-large bid after falling short in the NESCAC Championship game. Middlebury opened the season with 10 straight wins before falling by a goal at top-ranked Trinity on April 13th. The Panthers rebounded with five consecutive wins before again falling at Trinity, this time by a score of 8-7 in overtime in the NESCAC Championship game.
Middlebury’s rugged schedule has seen them play seven teams ranked in the top 10 this season, with the team earning a perfect 7-0 mark at home on Kohn Field. The Panther offense leads the NESCAC this season with 14.35 goals/game, while the defense is fourth with a 6.97 average. The team also paces the league in shooting percentage (.503) and draw controls (237), 39 more than any other team.
Senior Ellen Halle leads the team and the NESCAC in goals (50), assists (32) and points (82) this season. Seniors Margaret Souther (36-19-55) and Emma Kramer (36-19-45) are also in the top 10 in the league in goals scored. Junior Liza Herzog (25-12-37) leads the NESCAC with 55 draw controls this season, while senior Michaela Colbert (19-9-28) and rookie Laurel Pascal (24-3-27) are among the team’s top scorers. Junior Alyssa Palomba is 15-2 with a 6.76 GAA in net this season, playing all but 64 minutes.
Castleton enters the game with a record of 10-7, defeating Thomas 21-12 to win the NAC title. The teams have no met since 1988, a 23-1 Middlebury victory. The Panthers lead the all-time series, 13-2.
2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament
Wednesday, May 8th
Castleton (10-7) vs. Middlebury (15-2) – 5:00 p.m.