Middlebury field hockey wins back-to-back national titles

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Tufts vs. Middlebury in the championship game at the NCAA 2018 Division III Field Hockey Championships at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, PA on November 18, 2018. Mark Palczewski Special to NCAA.

The Middlebury field hockey team hoisted the NCAA championship trophy for the second time in as many years after a 2-0 win over Tufts in the Div. III national title game at Spooky Nook Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.

The NESCAC rivals met on the sports’ most coveted stage to battle it out for the third time this season.

The second-ranked Panthers previously beat the No. 4 Jumbos 2-1 in a regular season, overtime finish, and also topped the Massachusetts-based team 1-0 to win the NESCAC championship in early November.

Middlebury reigned supreme once more behind a two-goal performance from NESCAC Player of the Year Erin Nicholas.

She sparked the scoring effort about 13 minutes into the match, slicing in a rebound shot on a Middlebury penalty corner. The sophomore defender struck again around the 60-minute mark when she laid out for a backhand sweep shot into the far corner for the second and final goal of the game.

Tufts finished the season second in Div. III with a record of 19-3, while Middlebury ended it with 21 wins, one loss, and one national championship.

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