The Middlebury field hockey team has been selected by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) as a recipient of a 2018 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Collegiate National Academic Team Award.
To be eligible for the team award, the institution must achieve a minimum team grade point average of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2018-19 academic year. Middlebury was one of 131 Division III field hockey programs to earn the team accolade with all 11 schools from the NESCAC garnering the award.
On the field, the Panthers earned the program's third NCAA Championship in the last four years and fourth overall with a school-record 21 wins (21-1). During four NCAA Tournament games, Middlebury outscored three nationally-ranked opponents by a 19-3 tally, including a 2-0 shutout in the championship game against third-ranked Tufts. The Panthers set a single-season record with their 11th shutout in the title contest and have won 14th-straight post-season games. Middlebury also became the first team to repeat as national champions since Bowdoin accomplished the feat in 2007-08.