Former Middlesex Athletes Shine in Post-Season Play

A number of former Middlesex athletes appeared in post-season tournaments this fall, some of whom are still competing for a place in the national championship game.

Caitlin Conlon ’11, (Williams College) Paige Duke ’10, (Trinity College) and Marianna Zak ‘08 (Tufts University) all played in the quarter and semi finals games of the NESCAC field hockey tournament.  Although Williams lost to Middlebury 3-0 in the quarterfinals, Caitlin had an outstanding rookie season for the Ephs. She started and played in all 15 games and was the second leading scorer on the team with four goals and five assists for 13 points.  Trinity faced some tough competition against Bowdoin College where they lost in the semi finals 2-0. Paige Duke ended her season with a notable 11-5 record. Marianna Zak helped the Tufts University field hockey team reach the tournament with an incredible 46 saves on the season and a .754 save percent average. Marianna ends her field hockey career for the Jumbos with the most wins for a goaltender in school history.

Cassie Coash ’11 (Middlebury), Brooke Phinney ’09 (Bowdoin) and Emily French ‘08 (Bowdoin) all faced one another in the NESCAC field hockey championship game on Sunday, November 6 and although Bowdoin (17-0) was the victorious team, Middlebury (14-3) was awarded an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA tournament. Last year Brooke and Emily helped lead the Polar Bears to their third national championship title. Bowdoin will face the winner of Keene State and Endicott College on Sunday, November 13 in Brunswick, ME. Middlebury was also awarded a first- round bye and will take on the winner of Franklin and Marshal versus SUNY Cortland on Saturday November 12 at Skidmore College.

In other NESCAC news, Annie Papadellis ’10 who is a member of the Colby College women’s soccer team played in a hard fought match against Middlebury in the quarterfinals. Annie ended her season versus the Panthers having played in all 14 games for the Mules.  In men’s soccer, Michael Miele ’11 who plays for Tufts University (9-3-2) made his tournament debut against Williams College where the Jumbos battled it out in the snow but ultimately lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals. In his rookie season, Michael appeared in 12 games for the Jumbos.

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