The Middlebury field hockey team is consistently among the nation’s top Division III programs. The team has enjoyed tremendous successes over the years including three NCAA Championships in the last four seasons and four overall. The first of those came in 1998 (17-1), while the second took place in 2015 (20-2) and the third in 2017 (20-2). The Panthers earned their fourth overall in 2018, setting a program record with 21 wins (21-1) in the process.
The program has an impressive 236-43 (.846) record over the past 15 seasons. Since 2003, the Panthers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament each year, playing in the NCAA title game in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2018 as well as a final four appearance in 2014. Middlebury has won six New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships during the span (2003, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018), taking part in the conference’s title game 11 times. The team has produced 64 All-Americans since 1985 and won the ECAC Championship in 1993 and 1997.
The Panthers have had two National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Players of the Year, as Lauren Greer '13 earned the honor in 2012 and Erin Nicholas '21 following the 2018 season.
Following pre-season training, the team competes in 15 regular-season games. The schedule includes challenges from NESCAC opponents as well as other top in-region and out-of-region opponents. The schedule continues through October and begins to peak with the approach of both the NESCAC and NCAA Tournaments, when temperatures cool and the foliage explodes into color.
The team’s home facility, Kohn Field, was dedicated in 1999 and renovated completely in 2011 with a state-of-the-art water-based turf, six automated water cannons and full competition level Musco Lighting System. The Astro Turf field gives a picturesque view of Vermont’s Green Mountains.