Three Panthers Garner NFHCA All-American Laurels

(L-R): Grace Jennings, Erin Nicholas and Marissa Baker.
(L-R): Grace Jennings, Erin Nicholas and Marissa Baker.


Three members of the Middlebury College field hockey team were honored when the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced its All-American squads. Senior Grace Jennings (Ghent, N.Y.) and sophomore Erin Nicholas (Scarsdale, N.Y.) both were first-team recipients, while junior Marissa Baker (Darien, Conn.) tallied second-team accolades. The trio helped lead the Panthers to the program's third NCAA Championship in the last four years and fourth overall with a single-season record 21 wins (21-1).

Jennings is a three-time All-American with first-team nods in 2017 and 2018, as well as a third-team selection in 2016. She is also a four-time all-region selection, including first-team honors each of the last three seasons. The three-time All-NESCAC recipient and 2015 NESCAC Rookie of the Year ranked second on the team in scoring, registering 16 goals and seven assists for 39 points. Jennings picked up points in 14 contests this fall, tying a season-best mark with five in the NCAA Semifinals against Rowan with two goals and an assist. The forward was a steady contributor during her career, starting 84 of 86 games and posting 132 points (43-46-132). She ranks second on the program's all-time list for assists.

Nicholas picks up her first All-American accolade after being named the New England West Regional Player of the Year. She is a two-time all-region selection with first-team laurels this year. Nicholas was recently selected as just the fifth Panther to be named the NESCAC Player of the Year and the first since 2013. Nicholas was the first NESCAC player to earn rookie of the year and player of the year honors in back-to-back seasons since Meighan McGowan of Williams (2005 & 2006). She was the fourth Panther since 2011 to earn the league's top honor. Nicholas topped the Panthers in points (45), goals (17) and assists (11) and recorded points in 18 of the team's 22 games this season. She led in the conference in scoring and was tied for second in assists. Nicholas also had five game-winning goals, including the winning tally in the NCAA Championship win over Tufts.

Baker collects her first All-American certificate after earning both her all-region and All-NESCAC accolades. She scored six goals in the final seven NESCAC contests, including a hat trick in a victory over Wesleyan. In the postseason, Baker tallied in a conference quarterfinal win over Colby, in addition to the game-winning goal in a 1-0 NESCAC Tournament semifinal triumph over 14th-ranked Trinity. She recorded a goal and two assists in the regional final win over TCNJ, while tallying two helpers, including on the game-winning goal, during Middlebury's NCAA Semifinal win over Rowan. For the season, she ranked among the team leaders with nine goals and six assists for 24 points.