Newsroom

Click image to enlarge

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

Media Contact

Ray, Sarah C.
(802) 443-5794

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.

1 Comment

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
 ...View More
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.
View Less

by David Minot '74 (not verified)

Post a new comment

We hope to create a lively discussion and invite you to add your voice. Please keep comments civil and relevant to the news item at hand. We may remove comments that do not follow these guidelines.

Your comment will be visible after it has been approved by our comment moderators.