No. 2 Field Hockey Claims Regional, Will Play in 10th Final Four

No. 2 Field Hockey Claims Regional, Will Play in 10th Final Four

The second-ranked Middlebury field hockey team advanced to its fourth final four in five years and 10th overall in program history with a 5-1 win over seventh-ranked The College of New Jersey on Sunday at Kohn Field. The Panthers advanced to the regional final with an 8-0 victory on Saturday over Keene State. Middlebury will meet third-ranked Rowan on Saturday in a national semifinal at 2:00 p.m. at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, Pennsylvania. The other semifinal features fourth-ranked Tufts and ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins playing at 11:00 a.m. Saturday’s winners advance to play in the NCAA Championship on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

  • During the semifinal win over Keene State, the Panthers scored four times in each half. Sophomore Erin Nicholas (Scarsdale, N.Y.) paced the hosts with two goals and two assists, while senior Grace Jennings (Ghent, N.Y.) added two scores.
  • Junior Kelly Coyle (Cranbury, N.J.) assisted on two goals during the win.
  • Senior goalie Megan Collins (Greenwich, Conn.) earned her seventh shutout of the season for the Panthers.
  • Middlebury held a 31-2 advantage in shots and had seven of the eight penalty corners.
  • In the regional final, the Panthers raced out to a 3-0 lead on goals by junior Emma Johns (North Andover, Mass.), Nicholas and Jennings in the first 8:21.
  • After halftime, tallies by sophomore Meg Fearey (Sudbury, Mass.) and junior Marissa Baker (Darien, Conn.) pushed the advantage to 5-0, before the Lions added a goal with just under 10 minutes left for the 5-1 final score.
  • The Panthers have won 23-straight contests on Kohn Field.
  • Middlebury tops the NESCAC and ranks fourth nationally with 4.45 goals per game and third in scoring margin (+3.55).

• Field Hockey record: 19-1 
• Up next: 11/17 vs. Rowan – 2:00 p.m. (NCAA Semifinals at Spooky Nook Sports – Manheim, Pa.), 11/18 vs. Tufts/Johns Hopkins winner – 1:00 p.m. (National Championship Game)