field hockey

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...

VUHS GIRLS’ SOCCER goalie Kate Gosliga made seven saves, two on second-half breakaways, in the Commodores’ 2-1 semifinal win over visiting Leland & Gray on Wednesday. No. 2 VUHS will face No. 1 Thetford for the D-III title on Saturday. Elsewhere the No. 1 Otter Valley and No. 2 Mount Abraham field hockey teams also won their semifinals — both in overtime — and will meet for the D-II crown on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Holly Weber
ADDISON COUNTY — Three local high school teams all won playoff semifinals in dramatic fashion on Wednesday and will play in championship games on Saturday. The No. 2 Vergennes Union girls’ soccer team hung on for a 2-1 victory over No. 3 Leland & Gray in a Wednesday afternoon Division III semifinal. The 11-4-1 Commodores advanced to the final for the second straight season. They will play No. 1 Thetford (14-2-1), the defending champion, at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Hartford High School. Later on Wednesday two local field hockey teams prevailed in overtime in separate D-II semifinal games...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College field hockey team split its final two regular season games, with the loss being the defending NESCAC and NCAA Division III champions’ first in 21 outings. The Panthers (14-1, 9-1 NESCAC) will host a NESCAC quarterfinal at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with the opponent depending on the result of a Wednesday night game in which Tufts (8-1 NESCAC) hosts Bowdoin, also 8-1 in league play. If the Polar Bears prevailed the Panthers will be the league tournament’s top seed, while if Tufts won the Jumbos are the top seed and the Panthers are No. 2. On this past Saturday the...

EAGLE AND TIGER players buzz around the Middlebury cage as Tiger midfielder Lois Alberts, right, moves to clear the ball during the first half of Thursday’s Division II quarterfinal in Bristol. Mount Abe won, 2-0, and will play No. 3 Hartford in a Wednesday semifinal in South Burlington. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The defending Division II champion Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team on Thursday cleared its first playoff hurdle, but visiting No. 7 Middlebury set the bar high for the No. 2 Eagles. Ultimately, the Eagles created more pressure that translated into 23 penalty corners, and two of them paid off with Molly Laurent and Sydney Perlee goals as they came away with a 2-0 victory. The veteran Eagle defense of Maizy Shepard in the middle and Camille Lyons on the flanks also excelled in disrupting the Tigers’ transition attack as Mount Abe (9-3-2) posted its third shutout in...
BRANDON — The top-seeded Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team turned aside visiting No. 8 St. Johnsbury, 2-0, in a Division II quarterfinal. The Otters improved to 12-2 and will take on No. 4 Burr & Burton in a Wednesday semifinal. That game will be played at 5:15 p.m. on South Burlington’s turf field. The 9-6 Bulldogs should pose a challenge: They reached the 2018 final, defeated OV in overtime in Brandon this season, and also play their home games on a turf surface. St. Johnsbury (7-5-3) did not pose too tough a test for the Otters. The OV defense limited the Hilltoppers to...


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