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Players celebrate after winning the national championship against Bowdoin College on Nov. 22 at Washington and Lee University.

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Reflections on a National Championship [video]

December 21, 2015

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- After a few weeks to let the joy of a national championship sink in, we sat down with Middlebury field hockey team captains Anna Kenyon and Bridget Instrum, along with Head Coach Katharine DeLorenzo, to take a look back at their championship season.

In the NCAA semifinals, Middlebury defeated The College of New Jersey 4-1, avenging the team that bumped them from last year's tournament. Advancing to the championship, the Panthers defeated #1 Bowdoin by a score of 1-0. Bowdoin had previously handed the Panthers their only two losses of the season.

The national title was Middlebury's second in field hockey – they previously won the tournament in 1998. The Panthers finished their season at 20-2, a new record for the field hockey program.

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Wow - to come back and overcome the team that eliminated Middlebury last year and then beat the team that won in two prior contests this year is an over-the-top story of commitment, hard work, and determined inspiration. As a sports fan that can remember the pre-Title IX days when women had less athletic opportunities than their male counterparts, there is something very special about a group of young women who chose to make the absolute most of their opportunity to gel together as a team and achieve this level of success. I was struck by the
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video and Coach DeLorenzo describing five seasons in one - combined with the articulate and transparent feelings expressed by the team captains, it seems that the experience of getting there has at least as much meaning to this team as the trophy. This is what college athletics should be - hard, powerful lessons that will last for a lifetime.
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