2020 Women's Lacrosse Season Preview

Fresh off the heels of their seventh National Championship, the Middlebury women’s lacrosse team is primed for another title run this spring. The Panthers enter the season riding a 22-game win streak, with their only loss of 2019 coming in their season opener. Last year, the team won a conference-best 10th NESCAC Title en route to the NCAA crown, and boasted four All-NESCAC selections, eight regional honorees and four All-Americans. The Panthers led the conference in groundballs (453), caused turnovers (245) and assists (124), while ranking second in goals (330).

Head coach Kate Livesay

Head coach Kate Livesay enters her fifth season at the helm of the program after guiding the Panthers to their second NCAA Championship in the last four seasons. She earned Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National Coach of the Year for the second time, while also earning regional and conference honors.

Emily Barnard

Leading the way for the Panthers up front will be senior captain Emily Barnard and sophomore Jane Earley. Last season, Earley had a standout rookie campaign in which she earned All-NESCAC, all-region and All-American praise. She was second on the team with 51 goals (5th in NESCAC) and 68 points (6th in NESCAC), while recording 17 assists and 50 draw controls. She tallied three or more points in 12 games last year, including a career-high eight (5G, 3A) in the 10-8 NESCAC Championship game against Tufts. Barnard tallied a team-high 23 assists (4th in NESCAC) last year and was third on the team in goals (43) and points (66). During the NCAA Tournament, she recorded at least two points in every game, amassing 17 (7G, 10A) over five contests.

Kate Zecca

Junior Kirsten Murphy, sophomore Lily Riseberg and senior Kate Zecca will also be looked to for offensive contributions again this year. Murphy tallied 29 points (20G, 9A) last year, while Riseberg recorded 30 points (16G, 14A) in her rookie season, tying her for fourth among the team’s leaders. Zecca was sixth on the team with goals scored (21) and was among the leaders in points (26).

Grace Getman

Juniors Erin Nicholas and Grace Getman return to the midfield this year after both playing pivotal roles a year ago. Nicholas, a First Team All-American, helped the Panthers gain possession with a team-high 77 draw controls, including seven in the national semifinal victory. She also ranked among the team leaders in goals (24), ground balls (34) and caused turnovers (24). Getman, a steady midfielder, factored in big during the NCAA Championship game last year, tallying a pair of free-position goals. She scored 19 times last year and dished out seven helpers.

Emma White

The defensive unit will be led by juniors Addy Mitchell and Emma White, who have both played in all 46 games over their initial two years. Last season, Mitchell earned first team All-American honors for her stellar defensive performance, as she led the NESCAC in ground balls (70) and caused turnovers (44). White earned all-region honors and was tied for fifth in the conference with 42 ground balls, while causing 19 turnovers.

Mollie Smith

Sophomore Erica Barr had a great rookie campaign on defense last year, playing in all 23 games. She was second on the team in draw controls (52), while scooping up 25 groundballs and causing 21 turnovers. Senior Mollie Smith provides leadership and depth in the defensive zone.

Julia Keith

Anchoring the Panthers in goal this year is senior captain Julia Keith. A two-year starter, she ranked first in the conference with the lowest goals against average (6.55) and owns an impressive 36-2 career record with 211 saves.

The top-ranked Panthers begin the 2020 campaign on February 29th when they host #14 Bowdoin at noon on Kohn Field. Middlebury has a competitive schedule as seven conference opponents are ranked in the top-25.

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Ali Paquette