field hockey

Tammi Blanchard will coach girls’ soccer at Otter Valley Union High School this fall.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School has hired new coaches to lead two varsity girls’ programs this fall, both with coaching experience at the school, according to Athletic Director Steven Keith. Jodie Keith will lead the OV field hockey team, and Tammi Blanchard is taking over the girls’ soccer program, according to press releases Steven Keith sent out on Tuesday.  According to the OV AD, for the past four years Jodie Keith has coached multiple sports at multiple levels at OV and has a “vision for how the entire 7-12 program can run” at the school. “Her time as a 7th- and 8th-grade...

PANTHER JUNIOR ERIN Nicholas was recently named the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Player of the Year for the second straight season. Nicholas helped the Panthers win their third straight NCAA championship this fall. Photo courtesy of Middlebury Athletics
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College junior field hockey player Erin Nicholas has been named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season. Nicholas helped lead the Panthers to a 21-1 record en route to their third straight NCAA Division III championship and fourth in the last five years. She was named the NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Now a two-time All-American, Nicholas recently became the first NESCAC player to be named Rookie of the Year and then win back-to-back league Player of the Year honors. She finished the season tied...

THE MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE field hockey team poses with its championship trophy after Sunday’s 1-0 NCAA Division III final victory over Franklin & Marshall. The Panthers won their third straight title and fourth in five years after controlling play in both of their Final Four games in Manheim, Pa. Photo Courtesy of Middlebury Athletics
MANHEIM, Pa. — In winning its third straight NCAA Division III field hockey title — and fourth in five years — this past weekend Middlebury College left no doubt which team was the class of the field.  The games were close: In Sunday’s final in Manheim, Pa. at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex, the 21-1 Panthers defeated Franklin & Marshall, 1-0, and they eliminated Salisbury by the same score on Saturday. But the scores don’t reveal that Middlebury dominated possession and allowed each team just one shot on goal.  During Sunday’s post-game press conference, senior defender/midfielder...
ADDISON COUNTY — Athletes from the Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Middlebury union high school field hockey teams have received postseason honors from the Metro Conference and Southern Vermont League’s B Division.  Tiger midfielder Lexi Bartlett was the lone player named a First Team All-Star in the highly competitive Metro Conference, which includes the state’s top Division I teams. Three Otters were named to the SVL B Division All-Star team, goalie Elinor Ross, midfielder/forward Alia Edmunds and forward Brittney Jackson. OV Coach Stacey Edmunds earned SVL B Division Coach of the Year...

PANTHER JULIA RICHARDS raps in a rebound for the go-ahead goal past Babson College goalie Cassidy Riley during Saturday’s NCAA Division III Regional semifinal. Middlebury prevailed, 2-1, and defeated Kean, 4-1, in the Regional final on Sunday to reach the NCAA final four this coming weekend. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College field hockey team is going back to the NCAA Division III Final Four in Manheim, Penn., this weekend. There the Panthers will be trying to win the program’s third straight national championship, fourth in the past five years, and fifth overall. The Panthers this past weekend, in an NCAA Division III Regional they hosted, defeated both Kean University in Sunday’s final, 4-1, and Babson College in Saturday’s semifinal, 2-1. Middlebury Coach Katharine DeLorenzo also earned the 400th win of her collegiate coaching career this past weekend. Her record now stands...

PANTHER GOALKEEPER GRACE Harlan dives to knock the ball away from Hamilton midfield Maura Holden in the first half of last Saturday’s NESCAC semifinal in Middlebury. The home team beat the Continentals, 3-0, and the next day beat Tufts, 3-2, to win the NESCAC title. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — As expected the 17-1 Middlebury College field hockey team will host an NCAA Division III Regional this coming Saturday and Sunday. Coach Katharine DeLorenzo’s Panthers, who defeated Tufts, 3-2 in overtime this past Sunday to win their third straight NESCAC title, are seeking their third straight NCAA title, their fourth in the past five years, and fifth overall. It appears the NCAA selection committee gave the Panthers the No. 2 overall seed for the tournament. They were ranked No. 2 behind No. 1 The College of New Jersey (18-0) in the most recent poll, and Middlebury is on the...

MOUNT ABE GOALIE Kira Murray makes a sensational second-half stick save to preserve the Eagles’ lead during their 1-0 victory at UVM earlier this month in the D-II field hockey final. Also pictured are OV’s Mackenzie McKay hoping for a rebound, and Eagles Carly Rougier (No. 4) and Abigail Hoff moving in to help. Independent file photo/Steve James
In reviewing notes from high school football and field hockey games this fall it struck me how many times the most memorable plays came on defense. In looking back at soccer highlights last week more often goals stood out, possibly because scoring is rare in the sport, but also because so many games were close and decided by moments of offensive brilliance amidst the steady defense by the several strong local teams. In football, before the Tigers’ Division I semifinal, the Middlebury Union High School football team allowed only 11 points per game. Obviously defense was a strength. In field...

PANTHER TEAMMATES CELEBRATE after Danielle Brown tallies the third Middlebury goal against Hamilton on Saturday in the NESCAC semifinal. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — In Sunday’s NESCAC championship game on its own turf, the Middlebury College field hockey team found itself trailing in the fourth quarter. The top-seeded Panthers had only trailed twice in the fourth quarter all season, including in their only loss, 1-0 on the road to No. 3 Tufts, their opponent on Sunday. But the Panthers rallied for the win, getting the tying goal from freshman Katie George — with plenty of help from junior Danielle Brown and seniors Allison Denby and Marissa Baker — and the game-winner from Baker with 3.9 seconds to go in overtime, on a rebound of a shot from...

FORWARD GRACE MURPHY jumps for joy in reaction to a goal by teammate Audrey Lazar in the second quarter of Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Trinity College. Photo by Benjy Renton
MIDDLEBURY — The top-seeded Middlebury College field hockey team defeated visiting No. 8 Trinity on Saturday, 3-1, in a NESCAC playoff quarterfinal and will host the league’s final four this weekend. The defending NESCAC and NCAA Division III champion Panthers (15-1) will meet No. 7 seed Hamilton at 11 a.m. Saturday, while No. 3 seed Tufts and No. 4 seed Williams will square off at 1:30 p.m. The winners will meet at noon on Sunday for the league title. NCAA pairing will be announced on Monday. The Panthers defeated Hamilton, which upset league No. 2 seed Bowdoin this past Saturday, during the...

THE ATHLETES OF the Mount Abe field hockey team take wing to celebrate their victory vs. Otter Valley in Saturday’s D-II field hockey final at UVM. The Eagles won their second straight title and the program’s ninth. Independent photo/Steve James
BURLINGTON — As Saturday’s scoreless Division II high school field hockey final between No. 1 Otter Valley and No. 2 Mount Abraham at the University of Vermont moved later into the second half, two things became clear: That one great play could make the difference, and that it would probably take a great play to beat either senior goalie. Ultimately, that’s what happened. Three young Eagles combined for the game-winner, with the youngest, freshman center midfielder Madison Gile, providing the finishing touch on a set-up from sophomores Txuxa Konczal and Abby Reen.   Gile’s strike came with 11...


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