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2015 NESCAC field hockey quarterfinal preview


The Hamilton College Continentals travel to Middlebury, Vt., to square off with the Middlebury College Panthers in a 2015 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship quarterfinal on Saturday, Oct. 31, at noon.

NESCAC Championship quarterfinal preview

Please click here for a live webcast of Saturday's game. The highest remaining seed following Saturday’s quarterfinal action will host the semifinals and final on Nov. 7 and 8.

Hamilton (9-6, 4-6 NESCAC) is seeded seventh for the championship and is in the event for the third time since the Continentals joined the conference for field hockey in 2011. Hamilton and Middlebury have not played each other in the postseason.

The Continentals went 9-0 against unranked teams this year and their four NESCAC wins are the most in one season in the program's five years in the conference. Two-time all-conference selection Eva Rosencrans '17 is ranked second on the team's all-time list with 37 career goals and is third with 82 career points.

The nationally ranked No. 3 Panthers (14-1, 9-1) have won 10 straight games and have allowed just one goal in their past six contests. Middlebury is seeded second for the championship. The Panthers are the three-time defending conference champions and have reached the final in each of the last four years. Middlebury captured its first NESCAC championship in 2003.

Please see below for a capsule look at both teams.

No. 2 seed MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE
Overall record: 14-1
NESCAC record (finish): 9-1 (2nd place)
NFHCA national ranking: 3rd
NCAA regional ranking: 2nd in New England West Region
Head coach: Katharine DeLorenzo, 15th year at Middlebury, 225-52 (320-115-2 overall)
NESCAC championship appearances: 16th
NESCAC championship record: 21-11
NESCAC championship titles: 4
Home record: 8-0
Goals scored: 65
Goals allowed: 11
Leading goal scorers: Annie Leonard ’18 (17), Pam Schulman ’17 (13), Molly Freeman ’19 (12)
Assist leaders: Grace Jennings ’19 (12), Bridget Instrum ’16 (7), Schulman (7)
Starting goalie: Emily Miller ‘17 (13-1 record, 0.77 GAA, .811 save pct., 5 shutouts)

No. 7 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record: 9-6
NESCAC record (finish): 4-6 (Tie-6th place)
Head coach: Gillian McDonald, 10th year at Hamilton, 65-85
NESCAC championship appearances: 3rd
NESCAC championship record: 0-2
Road/neutral record: 3-4
Goals scored: 38
Goals allowed: 43
This year vs. Middlebury: L, 7-0 (Sept. 20 at Middlebury)
Leading goal scorers: Eva Rosencrans ’17 (12), Casey Brown ’16 (10), Merisa Dion ’17 (7)
Assist leaders: Aubrey Coon ’16 (6), Rosencrans (5)
Starting goalie: Mary Kalb ’19 (3-1, 2.27 GAA, .756 save pct., 0 shutouts)

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