Women's Lacrosse Set To Host NCAA Regional

May 9, 2013

The Middlebury College women's lacrosse team will host an NCAA Regional this weekend on Kohn Field. The Panthers will meet Endicott on Saturday, May 11th at 11:30 a.m., while Rensselaer meets Gettysburg at 2:30 p.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. Tickets are priced at  $3 for adults and $2 for students.

The Panthers are 43-13 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 392-103-1. 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.

In their first-round game on Wednesday, the Panthers had little trouble with Castleton, earning a 20-3 victory. The Middlebury defense held Castleton to success on just 7-18 clears, while using a balanced scoring attack en route to the victory.

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 14.67 goals/game, while the defense is fourth with a 6.75 average. The team also paces the league in shooting percentage (.507) and draw controls (251), 39 more than any other team.

Senior Ellen Halle leads the team and the NESCAC in goals (52), assists (32) and points (84) this season. Seniors Margaret Souther (36-20-56) and Emma Kramer (35-12-47) are also in the top 10 in the league in goals scored. Junior Liza Herzog (28-12-40) leads the NESCAC with 57 draw controls this season, while senior Michaela Colbert (20-9-29) and rookie Laurel Pascal (26-3-29) are among the team’s top scorers. Junior Alyssa Palomba is 16-2 with a 6.58 GAA in net this season, playing all but 97 minutes.

This will be the first meeting between Middlebury and Endicott. The Panthers lead the all-time series with Gettysburg 7-1, including a 14-11 road win on March 26th. Middlebury leads the series with Rensselaer 2-0, including a 12-8 win on Kohn Field on March 20th.

2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament
NCAA Regional, Saturday, May 11th – Middlebury College
Endicott (13-7) vs. Middlebury (16-2) – 11:30 a.m.
Rensselaer (15-3) vs. Gettysburg (19-1) – 2:30 p.m.

NCAA Regional Final, Sunday, May 12th – Middlebury College
Game time – 1:00 p.m.